1,000 Words: The united

Sometimes, the events that come from us being apart from one another, pull us together. I recommend viewing the images in full screen and actual size.

People gather in solidarity of the victims of a terror attack against a satirical newspaper, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar!” stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing 12 people, including the paper’s editor, before escaping in a getaway car. It was France’s deadliest terror attack in living memory. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images THIERRY ZOCCOLAN/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona, Spain. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images. London. Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images. Berlin. Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images. The poster says “Racism is stupid.” Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images. Photo: Damien Meyer/Getty Images Berlin. Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images. London. Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images.
  • Suzanne

    Well said. Thanks for posting these lovely images.

  • jon

    As I look at these images of people tightly packed into a square… my first thought is “Man, were I an at large gunman trying to spread terror, and had access to a high capacity magazine this crowd would be easy picking…”

    But of course, for all of the easy targets that are out there for terrorists (marathons, sporting events, political rallies, parades of all sorts, etc.) very few are ever actually struck by terrorists attacks…

    Which gives a moment of pause for how terrorists can expect to be successful when they let so many opportunities pass them by… of course there are some explanations I suppose… the first time they attack something is usually the last time they are able to use that plan (with the strange exception of suicide bombers, those seem to work time and time again, though only once for the bomber I suppose.) and given that they are an extreme minority finding enough people willing to shoot innocent people in the chest in the name of their extremist views can be hard… covering every event that constitutes a good terrorist target would be near impossible.
    And then there is the possibility that terrorists are (or aren’t) dumb. Random terror strikes aren’t a successful approach to get your way, they probably know that, targeted strikes (think gorilla warfare) have always been much more successful at changing the behavior of your victims… but even the targeted strikes against media outlets aren’t rallying people to their point of view… people like victims more than they like aggressors, and when the Islamic world can see that, and manage to paint themselves as victims then we’ll see calls for religious tolerance and shame being cast on reporters who choose not to demonstrate it…

    • Shel

      Or quite simply, they’re cowards.

  • MikeB

    It is heartening to see people turning out that night to support those who were killed and not be intimidated or silenced or threatened or frightened, and to retain your character rather than cast it off in anger and fear. And least for one night, as reports of French mosques being attacked begin to appear in news stories this morning.