Charlie Hebdo Founder Says Hes Upset With Slain Editor Charb – NBC News.com

 

Charlie Hebdo Founder Says Hes Upset With Slain Editor Charb – NBC News.com.

Grief takes such strange avenues in it’s escape from our hearts…  I understand Mr. Roussel’s pain.

Santiago was my brother and best friend many years ago.  His life was snuffed out near a small airfield south of Bien Hoa, Vietnam on May 19th, 1972.  For many years after, any time I needed help and found none, I would tell Santi that I was going to punch his lights out the moment I saw him again.  As I would come down from each instance of rage or disappointment, I would laugh at my insanity, then think, Well, I could have hurt someone.  Instead, I blamed a dead brother. 

Too busy in my own little piece of hell, I wasn’t there for him then.  I hope and pray another brother was.  I feel in my heart that there was someone with Santi when he passed.  I know how brotherhoods work.  I know he wasn’t alone anyway.  His K9 partner Rex would have been with him no matter what.  This knowledge calms me now.  In the heat of my weaker moments however, I’ve raged at those who’d “left me behind” while I lived on.  Yes, I see why Mr. Roussel is angry with his editor.  He may hear the steady chanting of “je suis Charlie” in his head until his own end and he knows he must endure.  I hope and pray there is someone there for him.

Grief, flowing freely can be a good thing.  Grief held within kills slowly.  Let it flow…