By Harmesh Bhambra '16

Liberty will live on in Paris and Beirut

Liberty will live on in Paris and Beirut

Earlier this year after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, ChiBus hosted a range of views from Booth students. One article focused on the need for satire and another writer expressed his thoughts on the fallacy of absolute freedom. The publication of these diverse views was enabled by the values of the University of Chicago and ChiBus -- institutions that fiercely protect freedom of expression; believe that argument and ideas cannot be muffled by a gun; know that “the pen is mightier than the sword.”

After gunmen stormed the Charlie Hebdo offices in January, liberty lived on. The irreverent satire of Charlie Hebdo continued to be published (and now has more readers than ever before). And in a secular country where most Parisiens are not engaged in a clash of ideologies, they, amidst heightened security, continued to enjoy what one of the world’s greatest cities has to offer -- rich culture, many public spaces, brilliant food, liberty.

After the dreadful attacks in Beirut on November 13 and Paris on November 14, liberty will still live on. Beirut, despite the years of sectarian strife and civil war in the 70’s and 80’s, continues to be one of the most vibrant cities in the Middle East and is often referred to as the ‘Paris of the Middle East’...