Charlie Hebdo & The Politics of Self-Deception

Winston's Diary

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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
—George Santayana

Shortly after 9/11, then-President George W. Bush was unequivocal in his explanation as to why the terrorists did what they did: “They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.”* Fast-forward to 2015, and President Barack H. Obama was equally certain about the motivations of the Charlie Hebdo shooters: “The fact that this was an attack on journalists, [an] attack on our free press, also underscores the degree to which these terrorists fear freedom—of speech and freedom of the press.”* Add to that what I’ve read in the for-profit media—everyone from The New Yorker to Vox to Slate appears to be on the same page here—and one would be tempted to conclude that Bush and Barack are right. After all…

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