In light of current events, my planned post for today would be inappropriate. I join with people of France and with decent people the world over in condemning the acts of mass murder that they have suffered. Let no one blame the victims. Terrorists always blame their victims; that does not mean we should accept that excuse.
Let our compassion go, first and foremost, to the victims and their families, and then also extend generously to the nation and the society that is the intended victim of the attack. Any compassion for the murderers should not come at the expense of their victims. And our sense that this kind of thing is truly wrong should not become another casualty. There is no legitimate excuse, and our compassion is turned to lip service when we legitimize the attacks.
It is important for people of compassion to be honest as well. Otherwise, when people want honest answers, where will they go?