Thought for the day – the day two fanatical Islamic extremist brothers and their equally crazed accomplice simultaneously held their hostages captive, in two separate locations in and near Paris, and the whole world glued to their television sets until the dénouement of the double drama this afternoon : “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” Bertrand Russell, author of the maxim, was, we all remember, the man who famously said that if God asked him why he didn’t believe in Him, he would say : “Not enough evidence.” Stupid, cocksure fanatics don’t need evidence. Intelligent, rational people who have examined the facts have no need to doubt. It takes courage, for both atheists and non-atheists, to stand up for one’s convictions. Unfortunately there are fools who will consider the fanatics martyrs.