Muslim terrorists have yet again demonstrated their barbaric cruelty to any who may be critical of Islam and Muhammad. In broad daylight yesterday, Wednesday January7, 2015, three Kalashnikov armed, masked and hooded gunmen murdered 12 people, 10 journalists and two police officers. Their target and the scene of the atrocity, the Paris headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The world has been shocked by the atrocity. In February 2006, then French President Jacques Chirac described Charlie Hebdo’s publication of the Danish Muhammad cartoons as a ‘provocation’. Two years ago Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister, had criticised Charlie Hebdo for its attacks on Islam saying ‘Is it really sensible or intelligent to pour oil on the fire?’
More realistically, yesterday President Hollande unequivocally called the Charlie Hebdo attack a terrorist action, an act against liberty of expression. He declared that France should not give in to fear of subversion or submission.
Meanwhile ‘Je Suis Charlie’ has become the hashtag of the moment. But is this just an understandable immediate reaction to a bloodthirsty act, or will it mark a sea change in the establishment view of the danger of militant Islam, not just to France but to the very concept of enlightened Western civilisation?
Witnesses heard the gunmen shout, ‘We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad’, and ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is Great) as they gunned down their victims. Today we have seen British newspapers telling us that this monstrous act was actually anti-Islamic and to be expected.
The Spectator thinks this is ‘also an attack on Islam’, whilst in the Guardian Ed Husain wrote ‘The killing of journalists in Paris on Wednesday was not only an attack on France but also an assault on Islam.’ The Guardian published examples of the cartoons to be found in Charlie Hebdo giving as an example cartoons attacking the Pope. Curiously our free press loving journalists at the Guardian failed to publish any of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons attacking Islam, the very reason for the attack.
Also in London the Financial Times comes as close as they could without actually saying so that the journalists at Charlie Hebdo got what they were asking for: ‘[Charlie Hebdo] has a long record of mocking, baiting and needling French Muslims . . . [This] is merely to say that some common sense would be useful at publications such as Charlie Hebdoo . . . which purport to strike a blow for freedom when they provoke Muslims, but are actually just being stupid.’
Tony Barber, the editor of the FT, can write such a crass, insensitive and downright disgusting piece because he knows that those offended by it will not rush the offices of the FT and gun him down. He is safe to denigrate Western journalists who mock the inherent violence in Islam. Perhaps it is time for some of our journalists actually put the reality behind ‘Je Suis Charlie’?
The Telegraph was not slow to pinpoint the dangers facing France, this morning it ran a report headlined “France faces rising tide of Islamophobia” The Telegraph’s response to this latest incident of Islamic violence was to list the terrible rise of right-wing and other forces — as though the attack were the response to radical Islam, rather than even suggest that it might be radical Islam itself that was at fault. Once again, the ‘backlash’ against Muslims took precedence over the actual murder of non-Muslims at the hands of Muslim fanatics.
What our press is actually saying is, ‘Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie’.