After the Paris Killings: A Journal Entry

By Jorge Antonio Vallejos

Wednesday January 7, 2015 10:57 PM

A little over twelve hours ago, two, maybe three, men killed twelve people in Paris, France: 8 journalists, 2 cops, and 2 other people whose professions I do not know. The assault and killings were professional; planned executions, like a movie. I thought about the shoot out in the film Heat starring Robert De Niro. But this was real and way more organized. These men were trained killers. And they got the outcome they wanted.

The targets were the Editor in Chief and lead cartoonists at the Paris based magazine Charlie Hebdo named after the Charlie Brown cartoon. Before they killed each man they named them out loud and fired single shots. Six other journalists and a cop were in the room. They’re all dead. Another cop was killed execution style, gun to the head, while he lay on the ground.

Killing after killing after killing.

And there will be more killing.

Surprisingly, fear has not taken over Paris. Over ten-thousand people attended a vigil in Paris. And vigils were held all over the world. People are disgusted more than scared.

I tweeted in support of the dead journalists:

#CharlieHebdo #JeSusisCharlie I don’t agree with everything the magazine published and I don’t agree with murdering people in cold blood. RIP.

#CharlieHebdo #JeSusisCharlie You didn’t write what I write but you still put pen to pad, fingers to keyboard, ink on paper. RIP.

Executions are what we have come to? This has to stop!

The manhunt is still on. Will they catch them? Are they chasing the right people? Are the accused scapegoats? Is this killing new fodder for more divisiveness and population control?

Will we ever have peace?

All we know now is 12 people are dead. RIP.

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  1. prairiepomes says:

    Good post, Jorge. I agree with your points. Most especially, i thank you for adding your voice to the heartening number of commentators who are wise and wary about the true cause and intent of this hideous crime. I am proud that Paris is ‘not afraid,’ but also proud that many people are speaking up about the need to not be provoked into warmongering, racist, hateful postures. Let us not demonise. Let us humanise. Thanks for being a force for humanisation of humanity. Peace to you.

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