Some random guy beheads another random guy in Paris

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This happened in Paris.

Friend of the Australians has been following coverage of the story at the ABC.

We don’t see the pattern. Let’s see if Reuters will tell us.

From Reuters:

PARIS (Reuters) – A man armed with a knife on Friday killed a middle school history teacher by slitting his throat in front of his school in a suburb of Paris, police said, in an attack that was being treated as terrorism.

The attacker was shot dead by a police patrol a few streets away. The teacher had shown pupils in his class cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, which are considered by Muslims to be blasphemous, according to a police source.

France’s anti-terror prosecutor said it was investigating the attack, which took place in Conflans Sainte-Honorine, a commuter suburb north-west of Paris. President Emmanuel Macron arrived at the scene on Friday evening.

French broadcaster BFMTV reported that the suspected attacker was 18 years old and born in Moscow.

The incident carried echoes of the attack five years ago on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. It published caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, unleashing an issue that is still casting a pall over French society.

Less than a month ago, a man originally from Pakistan used a meat cleaver to attack and wound two people who were on a cigarette break outside the offices where Charlie Hebdo was based at the time of the 2015 attack.

In Friday’s attack, a police source said that witnesses had heard the attacker shout “Allahu Akbar”, or “God is Greatest”. A police spokesman said that information was being checked.

I am glad that information is being checked. We wouldn’t want to jump to conclusions about something like this. We must remember that Islam is a mostly peaceful religion, and that it is totally acceptable for some people who demand that helpless refugees be brought to the West to become upset when White Supremacists suggest that Israel should have a similar open border policy.

This confronting act of modern life art must not be allowed to undermine our commitment to diversity. Without diversity, we would not have the exceptional example of extreme life fingerpainting which was carried out in the Bataclan Theatre several years ago.

Diversity brings us new ways of looking at the world, and offers the possibility of finding solutions to problems which we never knew we had, because we were never able to look at the world this way until we had diversity.

The solution, therefore, is to accept more diversity.

Diversity.