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Kristallnacht... the first word that came to mind on reading about the Charlie Hebdo attack. Intimately tied to Paris, too.

We're about to find out if society has bothered to learn anything in the last 75 years.

UPDATE: I know it's not the same. These things are never the same, don't take things literally, history rhymes more than it repeats. But Paris as the flashpoint, a murder episode, the religion angle, the terrorism (sometimes by State goons, other times by religious nutballs), the rise of far right wing politics (this time France). There are too many connections to ignore.

UPDATE 2: A sad day, truly it is. Therefore, take refuge in humour.

Because there's a whole bunch of clever in this.