Hypocrisy, Weakness, and Cowardice After the Shootings in Paris

Armed gunmen murdered 12 people in the Paris office building of Charlie Hegdo in broad daylight. They killed the editor, four cartoonists, two policeman, (one was Muslim) and other employees who just happened to be there.

Thank the French Special Forces for finding, cornering, and killing them.

Charlie Hebdo

According to Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Hebdo Charlie Hebdo, ”is a French satirical weekly newspaper, featuring cartoons, reports, polemics, and jokes. Irreverent and stridently non-conformist in tone, the publication is strongly anti-racist[3] and left-wing, publishing articles on the extreme right, Catholicism, Islam, Judaism, politics, culture, etc. According to its former editor, Charb (Stéphane Charbonnier), the magazine’s editorial viewpoint reflects “all components of left wing pluralism, and even abstainers”.”

Controversial Muhammad Cartoons

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The paper’s controversial 3 November 2011 issue, renamed “Charia Hebdo” (a reference to Sharia law) and “guest-edited” by Muhammad, depicted Muhammad saying: “100 lashes of the whip if you don’t die laughing.”

There have been two attacks presumed to be in retaliation: one in 2011 and one in 2015.

 November 2011 attack

In the early hours of 2 November 2011, the newspaper’s office in the 20th arrondissement[16][17] was fire-bombed and its website hacked. The attacks were presumed linked to its decision to rename a special edition “Charia Hebdo”, with the Islamic Prophet Mohammed listed as the “editor-in-chief”.[18] The cover, featuring a cartoon of Mohammed by Luz (Renald Luzier), had circulated on social media for a couple of days.

Charb was quoted by AP stating that the attack might have been carried out by “stupid people who don’t know what Islam is” and that they are “idiots who betray their own religion”. Mohammed Moussaoui, head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith, said his organisation deplores “the very mocking tone of the paper toward Islam and its prophet but reaffirms with force its total opposition to all acts and all forms of violence.”[19] François Fillon, the prime minister, and Claude Guéant, the interior minister, voiced support for Charlie Hebdo,[17] as did feminist writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who criticised calls for self-censorship.[20]

2012 publication

In September 2012, the newspaper published a series of satirical cartoons of Muhammad, some of which feature nude caricatures of him.[21][22] Given that this came days after a series of attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East, purportedly in response to the anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims, the French government decided to increase security at certain French embassies, as well as to close the French embassies, consulates, cultural centers, and international schools in about 20 Muslim countries.[23] In addition, riot police surrounded the offices of the magazine to protect against possible attacks.[22][24][25]

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius criticised the magazine’s decision, saying, “In France, there is a principle of freedom of expression, which should not be undermined. In the present context, given this absurd video that has been aired, strong emotions have been awakened in many Muslim countries. Is it really sensible or intelligent to pour oil on the fire?”[26] The U.S. White House stated “a French magazine published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the Prophet Muhammad, and obviously, we have questions about the judgment of publishing something like this.” [27] However, the newspaper’s editor defended publication of the cartoons, saying, “We do caricatures of everyone, and above all every week, and when we do it with the Prophet, it’s called provocation.”[28][29]

January 2015 attack

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Journalists, policemen, and emergency services in the street of the shooting, a few hours after the January 2015 attack

Main article: Charlie Hebdo shooting

On 7 January 2015, three Islamist gunmen[30] opened fire at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, killing twelve, including staff cartoonists Charb, Cabu, Honoré, Tignous and Wolinski,[31] economist Bernard Maris and two police officers standing guard at the magazine, and wounding eleven, four of them seriously.[32][33][34][35][36][37]

During the attack the gunmen were heard to shout Allahu akbar, “the Prophet is avenged”, and “I’m not killing you because you are a woman and we don’t kill women but you have to convert to Islam, read the Qu’ran and wear a veil.”[30][38][39][40] President François Hollande described it as a “terrorist attack of the most extreme barbarity”.[41] The three attackers were identified as Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, both French, and Hamyd Mourad, 18, whose nationality is unknown.”

The Media Coverage

Following the attack, several major news organizations hesitated or refused to show their audiences the materials and cartoons the attackers said were responsible for their murderous assaults. How can we reconcile the press showing endless pictures and videos of terrorists killing innocent people and not show the pictures of Mohammed that were the motives? Is it that the press does not care about offending the public with depictions and gory details of unheralded fanatic murders, but does fear offending Muslims with the freedom of expression most non-Muslims expect and demand as an essential right?

This is nothing but cowardice and hypocrisy by the “Free Press.”

The killers are “of unknown nationality” which is a smarmy way of avoiding the fact that they are French-Algerian citizens. The silence of the French Muslim communities is despicable. Where are the Imams rabidly condemning the attackers? And where are the individual French Muslims who could help the police?

It seems that every time Muslim fanatic terrorists attack, we only hear declarations of “oh no, that’s not our Islam.” and “that’s not the way Islam is supposed to be.”

Where is the public Muslim outrage? Under-reported? Omitted by the western press?

The verbal condemnations by Muslim countries are just facile words meant to deflect the real consequences of remaining silent. Here is a sample:

http://www.judaism-islam.com/muslim-reaction-to-the-charlie-hebdo-massacre/

Where are the French Muslim manhunts for the perpetrators? Where are the volunteers from the French Muslim communities scouring the countryside for the culprits? Has anyone heard or seen anything like this silent approval before? Of course you have. This is consistent behavior which belies all the official proclamations.

Demonstrations, Protests, and Vigils

Responses to this attack on free speech have been global. Look at the people involved in active outrage.

A wide range of non-Muslims are involved in real protests:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Je_suis_Charlie

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everybody_Draw_Mohammed_Day

Bill Maher accuses large populations of Muslims of supporting the attack. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/08/bill-maher-hundreds-of-millions-of-muslims-support-attack-on-charlie-hebdo.html

As an example of the vendetta against free speech, just 2 years ago, a Pakistani official set a bounty for killing an anti-Islamic-movie maker:

http://www.malaysia-today.net/pakistan-minister-places-bounty-on-anti-islam-filmmaker/

Condemnation of Our Societal Weakness

I agree with Bill Maher, “Politically correct liberals have turned America into “Pussy Nation.”

When will we drop this weak idea that we should never offend? When will we remember that the truth is the truth and candy-coating by cowardly politicians will not and cannot change that?

Am I proposing random executions of Muslims who offend Christians? Am I supporting profiling Muslims?

Of course not, but Bill Maher put his finger on the fact that there is a sea of Muslims who would gladly usurp our freedoms. I do not plan to help them by being a Pollyanna American.