BEIJING, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- The deadly attack against a satirical newspaper in Paris on Wednesday is yet another stark demonstration of the grave threat of terrorism haunting the world.
Twelve people were murdered and 11 others injured in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, which also left the whole country bleeding and the entire world appalled.
The brutal carnage sounds a sharp alarm that terrorism and extremism remain rampant and still pose a severe threat to all mankind.
Alone, every country is vulnerable. But together, the international community can win the battle, which is not only of men and arms but -- fundamentally -- of hearts and minds.
All nations inhabiting the planet should close ranks and fight shoulder to shoulder against terrorism in all forms, forging a closer partnership to eliminate both its symptoms and its root causes.
No excuse whatsoever, be it to defend a religious belief or to revenge a provocation, can justify any cold-blooded killing of innocent lives. Terrorism is a crime against humanity and can in no way be warranted.
Some might pin the blame on the deep differences between Western values and the norms of some religions, and the alarming lack of recognition and respect of them on the part of many on both sides.
Some others might point to the fine line between satire and insult and the fact that caricature could easily turn into a blasting fuse attached to a powder keg of resentment between peoples of different cultures and, especially, religions.
The differences and delicacy are real indeed, but they in no account qualify as a permit for violence. They can be mitigated and handled by dialogue in a peaceful manner.
On the other hand, they do form a reality that demands basic respect and prudence be exercised in mass communication so as to reduce inter-culture and inter-religion misunderstanding and distrust, which can easily be exploited by terrorists.
Dialogue and respect cannot eliminate terrorism in the short term, but in the long run they can cement mutual understanding and trust and thus squeeze and even wipe out its breeding ground.
It also needs to be noted is that the religion the Charlie Hebdo killers claim to defend is also a victim. Such a barbarious carnage is tolerated by no religion, and the culprits will only profane the name of whoever they claim to defend.
Thus it is imperative that the terrorists be denied the opportunity to stoke hatred and divide society. They might be capable of hurting the people, but they should never be allowed to fool the people.
BEIJING, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday sent a message of condolences to his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, over Wednesday's terrorist attack in Paris and strongly condemned the onslaught.
In the message, Xi expressed deep grief for the loss of lives and extended sincere condolences to the injured and the families of the killed. Full story
PARIS, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- French police on Thursday published photos of two brothers wanted as suspects over a deadly shooting incident at the headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people.
Paris police said arrest warrants have been issued for Cherif Kouachi, 32, and his 34-year-old brother Said who were "likely armed and dangerous."Full story
PARIS, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande announced, during his brief televised declaration on Wednesday evening, Thursday, Jan. 8, is a mourning day all over France, and flags will be at half staff for three days, for all the victims of Charlie Hebdo attack.
The French president also precised that, among the 12 victims, there were 11 men and one woman. Full story
PARIS, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- At least 12 people were killed when two masked and armed men on Wednesday stormed into the headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, known for mocking radical Islamists, in Paris.
They killed 12 people and wounded several others before leaving the scene calmly. In a video shot by an amateur and broadcasted by local media, one of the perpetrators shouted "God is the greatest" and "We have killed Charlie Hebdo. We have avenged the Prophet Mohammad."Full story