Editor’s note: As I struggled with how to write about my feelings regarding the Charlie Hedbo/kosher market attacks in Paris, I stumbled across this piece by syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts. Though I seldom agree with Pitts, he is dead on target this time. His work appears weekly at ajc.com.
Dear Terrorists: OK, you win. We surrender.
Never thought I’d say that, but then, I never thought I’d see gunmen burst into the offices of a satirical magazine as happened last Wednesday in Paris. Never thought I’d see 12 people killed — most were employees, two were police officers — because a magazine published provocative cartoons mocking extremist Islam.
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