We stand with Paris
“Ils ont les armes. On les emmerde, on a le champagne!”
The French weekly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, published a sarcastic cover in response to Friday’s Paris attacks.
The cover depicts a bullet-ridden man dancing and drinking champagne, while the renowned French bubbly, not blood, pours from the bullet holes. The caption, roughly translated, states, “They have guns. Screw them. We have champagne.”
Controversial? Perhaps. Poignant? Yes, and directly on target.
The cover states that Paris isn’t afraid, nor will it change its way of life. The attacks happened on Paris’ soil and Parisians aren’t going to let terrorists win.
Not so here at home.
In a Nov. 16 article on its website, CBS News reported that more than 20 U.S. governors said they would stop accepting, or refuse to accept, Syrian refugees seeking safe harbor.
The article also reported that Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts was among them. Ricketts said he doesn’t want refugees resettling in Nebraska until safety can be assured, the article stated.
A Baltimore Sun editorial stated, “If the point of terrorism is to inflame, divide and frighten, surely the best response is to do just the opposite—to not give in to rage and anger and blindly lash out, to unite and not fan the flames of fear.”
We agree with the Baltimore Sun editorial board and believe American governors should listen and stop the rhetoric, for two reasons.
First, governors do not posses the power to decide where refugees will be placed. Once the refugees pass through the federal vetting process and are accepted into the United States, the federal government employs a variety of processes to determine where the refuges will be placed.
Second, and perhaps most important, accepting victims, especially children, who have been terrorized, is the most American of our American values.
The Baltimore Sun, Charlie Hebdo, Paris, and all of France are right; we Americans need to follow their example and quit living in fear.
Je suis Paris—I am Paris. We raise our glasses to you, Paris.