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2016年7月15日 星期五

Fundamentalism Must End (基要主義必須了結)

Yesterday was a day of celebration in France. It was a day in which the French people stormed the Bastille Prison to put an end to the ancien régime in 1789, an event which triggered the French Revolution which had as its motto the three notions "Liberty, Equality and Fraternity", the spirit of which has since been incorporated into the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nation, 1948. But the day of celebration became the blackest day for Nice and for many of those who went there to celebrate the national festival at the Promenade des Anglais and for the Jazz Festival Nice 2016 which was originally scheduled to begin tomorrow. The Jazz Festival is now canceled.

A French-Tunisian Muslim drove his truck into the crowd there and swerved from side to side for more than a mile to maximize the carnage to the innocent people who were gathered there just to see the National Day fireworks. More than 80 people, including children, were confirmed dead with another 20 in critical condition.

The French President François Hollande just announced that the state of emergency which he proclaimed following another Muslim terrorist attack in Paris on Friday, November 13, 2015 in which 130 people were killed and which was due to expire on 26th July 2016 would be extended for another 3 months.

This horrendous tragedy has a special meaning for me. Many many years ago, I was on that very promenade in the evening of the 14th July, watching the fireworks.

There's little I can do except to offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those who were injured or died and to strengthen my own personal resolve to combat fundamentalism in all forms which threatened and continue to threaten and divide people in this world of ours and drive them towards holding on to separatist and apparently unalterable mindsets. Fundamentalism must end. Unless it does, there will never be any peace on this planet, our only home.  I shall do everything in my powers through my writings and other forms of communication to work towards the dissolution of such dualistic fundamentalism, whether it be left or right, whether it be religious, political or philosophical.