“Understanding is the least we owe the dead.”

Writer Hari Kunzru, in a bitter and provocative piece at The Guardian on the Charlie Hebdo attack:

Until there are no more self-dramatising young men who prefer the abstraction of death to living a meaningful life, until there are no more wealthy pious bigots to fund them, until there are no more disenfranchised migrants pressed against the border fence and no more hard-faced “realists” eager to turn the war dial up to 11, this will go on and we will have to live through it.

Whatever your politics are, this is worth a read.