Charlie Hebdo Attacks Stir Resolve and Contemplation

Charlie Hebdo Attacks Stir Resolve and Contemplation. YaleGlobal. Stathis N. Kalyvas. January 15, 2015.

Terrorists hope to incite fear, panic and capitulation, but so far Europe is resisting such response after surprise attacks on the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, and a Kosher grocery store. “And because they are so shocking, these attacks tempt those targeted into reacting in a kneejerk way, ultimately playing into the hands of the attackers and becoming self-fulfilling prophecies of sort,” argues political scientist Stathis N. Kalyvas. “In fact, this is the greatest threat they pose.” He anticipates a measured response: the French reconfirming the value of free expression; French political leaders doing more to integrate its Muslim population, the largest among EU nations; as well as research on radicalization and proposals for prison reform. He also anticipates calls to end the civil war in Syria that draws extremists and greater cooperation on security among EU members. So far, terrorists have exposed Europe’s steely resolve to preserve the values of freedom of expression and respect for human rights. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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