WSJ: ‘Jihadists Target Western Principles of Free Speech and Religious Pluralism’Posted: January 8, 2015
Heavily armed gunmen on Wednesday infiltrated the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper in Paris, murdering at least 12 people, including its editor, before fleeing. The deadliest terror attack on French soil in more than a decade is a fresh reminder that the war on Islamist terror is far from won, and that jihadists are bent on eradicating the heritage of Western freedom.
Charlie Hebdo was founded in 1970, and the left-wing weekly has always been an equal-opportunity offender. Its politics and taste aren’t ours, but from Jesus to Michael Jackson and from 9/11 to the Pope, nothing has been off-limits.
“Wednesday’s attack also demonstrates again that violent Islam isn’t a reaction to poverty or Western policies in the Middle East. It is an ideological challenge to Western civilization and principles, including a free press and religious pluralism.”
That mocking spirit extended to Islam, and the paper drew the ire of Muslim fanatics for poking fun at the Prophet Muhammad. The newspaper in 2006 reprinted the Muhammad cartoons first published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. In response, the grand mosque of Paris and other French Muslim organizations unsuccessfully sued Charlie Hebdo for “racism.”
“The murder of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists is merely the latest evil expression of a modern arc of Islamist violence against Western free speech that stretches back to Ayatollah Khomeini ’s 1989 fatwa calling for the killing of novelist Salman Rushdie.”
In 2011 terrorists firebombed Charlie’s offices after the announcement of a “Shariah Hebdo.” (See the cover nearby: “100 lashes if you don’t die laughing.”) A subsequent cover depicted a cartoonist passionately kissing a Muslim man with the headline: “Love Is Stronger Than Hate.” Charlie Hebdo moved to a new office, but police protection failed to stop the terrorists who on Wednesday were heard shouting “we have avenged the prophet!”
Wednesday’s massacre, following a long string of plots foiled by police in the U.K., France and elsewhere, is a reminder that jihadism isn’t a distant Middle Eastern phenomenon. There will be many more such attempts at mass murder, and authorities in the U.S. and Europe need broad authority to surveil and interrogate potential plotters to stop them.
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- The Rushdie Fatwa 25 Years Later (nationalreview.com)
- Al Qaeda publishes “Wanted: Dead or Alive” list: “A Bullet A Day Keeps The Infidel Away” (jihadwatch.org)
- Sudanese Cleric: Islam Permits Killing American Women and Children (Video) (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Why is the United States government tracking down infidels on behalf of Not All Muslims? (dailycaller.com)
- My Jihad: ISIS Shepherd Says Taking Sheep From Yazidi Minority Is Form of Jihad (Video) (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Saudi Arabia jails man for Twitter posts calling for “someone to rectify the faith of Muhammad” (jihadwatch.org)
- Charlie Hebdo shooters’ weapons, behaviour suggest link to organized terror group: analysts (punditfromanotherplanet.com)
- Video Shows Paris Terrorists Screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ During Attack (nationalreview.com)
- Mauritania: Muslim disowned by family for publishing article critical of Muhammad (jihadwatch.org)