​Schieffer: How the terrorists hurt their own cause

If the motive of the killers who launched the attacks in Paris was to get the world's attention, they succeeded -- but perhaps not in the way they had wished.

Support and solidarity for their victims spread immediately across France.

We are not afraid, the people said.

They held up pencils and pens -- the "weapons" the terrorists had tried to disarm.

Within hours, demonstrations of support had spread around the world . . . across Europe, to Union Square in New York, from Russia to Mexico, and even Katmandu in Nepal.

People wrote words on their arms in Brazil, and carved sand sculptures in India to show their support.

Civilized people understood that this was not an attack on a small newspaper, but an attack on the values that are the foundation of our way of life.

It was an attack on us all.

This was a tragedy, but the terrorists did not advance their cause. As those powerful pictures affirmed, they hurt it in every corner of the world.

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    Bob Schieffer is a CBS News political contributor and former anchor of "Face The Nation," which he moderated for 24 years before retiring in 2015.