I obviously feel sorry for all of the friends and families of the 128 killed in Paris last night, it is horrific.
How should the world react to those that want to incite terror? Should we be terrified?
Well, firstly, let me also say I also feel sorry for the 3,000 or so people killed in road fatalities yesterday as well, and today, and tomorrow, and every day (1,240,00 a year). Even with attacks like this, and 9/11, terrorism still remains a drop in the ocean in terms of any real threat to people's lives from so many directions (road fatalities being just one). Whilst we all die, it is horrific when someone dies unexpectedly in the prime of their life, and there are many ways we can tackle all of these threats. Terrorism is one tiny aspect of that ongoing battle - an aspect we still need to address, obviously.
In my opinion, to tackle these attacks, we need to try and get to the root cause and understand why we have a global society that creates such people. Why people want to create terror for their political aims. I can understand why politicians want to create terror for political aims, and they do that a lot, but we need to understand what we can do to make society better to minimise the perceived need for such attacks in the first place. What are we, as a people, doing wrong.
In my opinion, the way to go is not to create more of a police state. As I am sure people in France know more than most, a police state will create resistance - people who do not like the state, and that is the very seed of terrorism, surely.
Now is not the time to give up our human rights! That is letting the criminals win.
What we do not need is for this one incident to put a rocket up the latest snooper's charter, monitoring everything we all do, and making it "guilty until proven innocent". We need evidence based and proportional government, now, more than ever.
Last time there was an attack in France it came to light that the criminals were already under surveillance. What is the betting that the same is true with this case? I can't see that adding more surveillance of the 99.9999% of people who are not criminals will help.