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Russell Brand Offers Wise Commentary on Charlie Hebdo Attack

Russell Brand looks at the big picture of last week’s Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. He asks, ‘What causes terrorism?’ He asks, ‘What can we, on a personal level… actually do?’ To the last question, he offers a brilliant answer.

I react to the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week and try to understand how we should respond to it both personally and collectively.

— Russell Brand

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • Makes one wonder why the arm-in-arm world leaders didn’t perform the same unity march in Gaza, after thousands of Palestinians perished. Morality isn’t a personal quality with areas of gray where it’s practiced selectively.

  • Excellent video. Couldn’t agree more with this fellow. If folks were bombing my village with robot planes, I’d be pretty friggin’ pissed off about it. If my friends were captured and water boarded I’d be pissed about that, too. Americans and the West in general have to take a pretty damning look at themselves and their actions in the Middle East, or this crap will continue. Pissed off people do angry pissed off things. Thanks for posting this. :)

    • It doesn’t seem very hard to imagine what it is like to walk in another person’s shoes. But I do suppose it does take some quiet time.

      Note to politicians: Take a little down-time, off to the monastic retreat! (not the golf course)

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