This past Wednesday, three insane murderers entered the office of French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and killed 12 people in cold blood. Four were cartoonists, including its editor Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier. The men were Muslim, and witnesses say they were screaming; “Allahu akbar”, which means “God is Great” in Arabic, and, “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammed”. Editor Charlie Hebdo had received death threats and was assigned police protection. In 2011, the office of the magazine caught fire during protests the day they were to release a controversial cover that ridiculed the laws of Islam.
Hebdo had an ” unconventional” way of dealing with Muslims. He said; “And when the government asks us not to do any provocation, we have the impression that three idiots who demonstrated in the streets represent all of Islam. It’s the government who insults Muslims by saying that. You have to take them as they are. One has to mock them using humor, disarm them with humor and not give them any credit. By taking them seriously and sending regiments of riot cops to hold them, one takes them seriously.” Giving terrorists relevance gives them a platform on which to spread hate and violence.
In 2012 a movie called Innocence of Muslims was released. France closed embassies in nearly 20 countries due to the backlash over the anti-Islam movie. Instead of choosing to back down, the magazine decided to publish an issue featuring a naked Mohammed. Laurent Leger, a Charlie Hebdo journalist, made these statements in defense of the publications saying:
The aim is to laugh. We want to laugh at the extremists-every extremist. They can be Muslim, Jewish, Catholic. Everyone can be religious, but extremist thoughts and acts we cannot accept. He continued on by saying; “In France, we always have the right to write and draw. And if some people are not happy with this, they can sue us and we can defend ourselves. That’s democracy,” he said. “You don’t throw bombs, you discuss, you debate. But you don’t act violently. We have to stand and resist pressure from extremism.”
It seems as though the French are willing to take a stand for their freedom and are standing up against exactly what it is that happened: terrorism. France’s President, Francois Hollande, said his people were “murdered in a cowardly manner” and “We are threatened because we are a country of Liberty”. The American media and some politicians on the other hand, refuse to call the killings acts of terrorism.
Howard Dean was quoted as saying “I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They are about as Muslim as I am”. He went on to say “I think ISIS is a cult. Not an Islamic cult. I think it’s a cult”.
What will it take for the American government to wake up and fight the evil known as Islam? When will the PC garbage end and the realization sets in that this is not a religion of peace? Perhaps when they open up their wrath on American soil. Perhaps 9/11 and the Boston bombings just weren’t quite enough. May God Bless the twelve brave freedom fighters. We will never forget you and will always honor what you stood for.
“I’m not afraid of retaliation. I have no kids, no wife, no car, no credit. it perhaps sounds a bit pompous, but I prefer to die standing than living on my knees” — Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier 1967-2015