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Je suis Charlie Hebdo? Careful, now


Just the beginning?

I can't help but think that the millions of people who proclaim "Je suis Charlie Hebdo" had better wish it doesn't literally come true. What happened in Paris is, I'm afraid, just the first of lone-wolves attacks by terrorists of all stripes, foreign or domestic. All of us are at risk of being somewhere at the wrong time.

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anita_margarita
Jan. 11th, 2015 06:25 pm (UTC)
Americans believe they're immune to this kind of thing and that it won't happen here. When I worked at Child Protective Services, we got terrorist threats All. The. Time.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 11th, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)
I imagine that for you and your colleagues, the name Timothy McVeigh was still significant.
anita_margarita
Jan. 11th, 2015 06:45 pm (UTC)
We had specific training about odd parcels and mail, especially after the anthrax scare. I do remember one weird box coming in the mail that fit all the criteria for a bomb: too much postage, bad writing, grease stains, the whole thing.

It turned out to contain a fur coat.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 11th, 2015 07:52 pm (UTC)
C'est dommage pour le monde.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 11th, 2015 08:00 pm (UTC)
Oui.
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