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Fanning the flames of Pegida activists
by Peter Hille
The latest terrorist attack in Paris could well provide more fuel for anti-Islam movements across Europe. So far, though, there does not seem to be an organized European network of anti-Islamists.
Grief, outrage and revulsion have been the responses around the world to the presumed Islamist attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. It has been condemned in the strongest tones by the German Chancellery, by the Kremlin in Russia, by Brussels and the Vatican. The Arab League in Cairo has condemned it; numerous heads of government have expressed their dismay. The British prime minister, David Cameron, described the attack, in which twelve people died, as an act of barbarism. "We stand squarely for free speech and democracy," he said. "These people will never be able to take us off those values."
The overwhelming reaction in anti-Islam circles is that this is something they have always known and warned about. "Does a tragedy like this have to happen in Germany first?" the organizers of the movement "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West" (Pegida) are asking on the group's Facebook page.
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