The world is still trying to come to grips with last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Something that may never happen, as many analysts and experts claim these killings may be game-changer, that there may be no going back. Certainly at this point in time the slaughter of journalists, by radical Muslims, while they attended a weekly editorial meeting in the offices of satirical publication Charlie Hebdo and subsequent hostage takings have left people reeling.
So many stories and angles have been covered yet an interesting aspect of these horrific events brings to my mind the recent similarly egregious assassinations of two New York City police officers. In addition to the journalists and hostages, among those murdered in Paris were two police officers. One of whom, ironically a Muslim himself, was gunned down in cold blood on the sidewalk while begging for his life.
In the United States the tributes paid to the two slain New York officers who were ambushed in their patrol car by a cowardly man who subsequently took his own life in the subway, were substantial if perhaps tainted at times by a backdrop of anger between the police and the mayor. As is the tradition, thousands of fellow police officers from around North America and perhaps beyond attended the funerals of the fallen New York officers. What tributes will be paid to the French police victims?
I understand this has been a very fast-moving and fluid time for media coverage; I have heard so much about the perpetrators of these attacks but virtually nothing about these police victims. I am aware that the intended targets, the caricaturists, have fittingly been given the most coverage. But have these officers’ deaths been lost in the fast-paced and evolving media frenzy?
I know nothing of the traditions of French police funerals, but I certainly hope they will be afforded fitting homage and appropriate media coverage.