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I'm a cosseted white male American who has traveled a bit, just enough to understand that he doesn't know much at all about the wider world, and as such, intends to think about matters a while longer before spouting glib, ignorant gibberish on social media.
I'm a human with a brain, not Pavlov's mutt. Salivate at the ring of ISIS's bell, and it wins. Yes, I favor crushing terrorism, but not through emulating the methods of terrorists.
These three essays encapsulate my point of view, as stated far better than I'm capable at the moment. Take a moment, read and think.
The Guardian view on the Paris attacks: amid the grief, we must defend the values that define us (The Guardian)
To Defeat ISIS, We Must Call Both Western and Muslim Leaders to Account, by Laila Lalami (The Nation)
Paris: You Don’t Want to Read This, by Peter Van Buren (Common Dreams)