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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Vive la France, Liberte!

Liberty Leading the People, Delacroix, The Louvre
When we visited France and The Louvre, my favorite painting is the gigantic Liberty Leading the People, by Delacroix.
It so captures the independent spirit of the French, and when narrow minded Americans criticize that country for not always agreeing with us, I am angered. We would not be free  today if it were not for the French in the Revolution, and they would not be free today except for us in WWII.
We are brothers in freedom and blood.
And today, I hurt because of the atrocity in Paris, attacking a very symbol of that freedom, a magazine, the free press, known for attacking "anything that moves," say the French. Those terrorists killed people, but they cannot kill freedom.
I pause, and can only salute the French and their flag. 
Vive la France!

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