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Charlie Hebdo update: French mosque attacked

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Steve Bell’s response to the Charlie Hebdo shootings – ridiculing the attackers because they don’t deserve anything else (yes, there is an expletive and VP usually blacks them out… Not this time).

It’s understandable, but it isn’t the answer.

It seems that, following the attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo and the killing of 12 people by terrorists claiming to be Muslims, at least one mosque has been attacked along with other places – in retaliation?

NDTV carried the story: “Three blank grenades were thrown at the mosque shortly after midnight in the city of Le Mans, west of Paris; shots were also fired in the direction of a Muslim prayer hall shortly after evening prayers in the Port-la-Nouvelle district near Narbonne in southern France.

“An explosion at a kebab shop near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone on Thursday morning also left no casualties.”

This is, of course, exactly what the terrorists wanted. Terrorists always want to set people against each other, for the wrong reasons. The vast majority of Muslims are likely to have been as horrified at the terror attack as everyone else – but what are they supposed to think, now that innocent Muslims are being attacked by idiots?

Here’s the real voice of Islam, in the words of Vox Political commenter ‘Nightentity’ yesterday: “Those that believe these so-called Imams are ignorant of their faith and will believe anything they hear that makes them seem intelligent and all knowing to the other ignorant [people].

“Terrorism is not Islamic, you don’t cause suffering to the aged, the weak and the innocent, you don’t hide behind masks and scarves, you stand like a man and fight a man’s battle. These terrorists are cowards and weaklings for they hide behind a faith that does not condone what they do.

“These terrorists are only out for power and control, they are not true Muslims in any sense of the word.” [Bolding mine]

Meanwhile, the world’s political (and other) cartoonists have responded to the attack. Here’s Lew Stringer:

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And Uderzo, the artist responsible for Asterix cartoons, paid respect to the deceased:

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Here in the UK, cartoonist (and friend of Vox Political) Martin Rowson responded to the atrocity in a Guardian comment piece. Under the headline We must not stop laughing at these murderous clowns, he wrote: “We’re very, very good at laughing at those who place themselves above us, either as our leaders or intending to impose their beliefs to make everyone else exactly like them. However much they may identify themselves as victims of mockery, those cartoonists’ murderers have clearly also identified themselves as on the side of the power.

“Don’t forget that demanding either respect or silence from everyone else is one of the most common abuses of power going. But don’t fool yourselves that this is about Islam… The British cartoonists’ names filling the Gestapo Death List were just another manifestation, throughout history, of how hateful laughter is to despots.

“Which is why, now more than ever, we mustn’t stop laughing this latest bunch of murderous clowns to scorn.”

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‘Je suis Charlie’

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You won’t see any images purporting to be of the Prophet Muhammad on Vox Political.

This is because this writer has been on good terms with many Muslims and understands that any such depiction is extremely insulting to them and to their faith. Why would anybody want to inflict a bitter insult on someone they consider to be a friend?

By the same token, if an insult of such magnitude was inflicted on Yr Obdt Srvt, the possibility of a machine-gun attack figuring in any retaliatory gesture is, quite simply, unthinkable. Civilised people don’t do that. Psychopaths do that.

Yet this is what we are being told happened at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris today (January 7).

Five of the victims known to have died in the attack, including deputy chief editor Bernard Maris, Georges Wolinsky, Jean Cabut, Stephane Charbonnier and Bernard Verlhac [Image: BBC].

Five of the victims known to have died in the attack, including deputy chief editor Bernard Maris, Georges Wolinsky, Jean Cabut, Stephane Charbonnier and Bernard Verlhac [Image: BBC].

Most people will be familiar with the events: Three gunmen have shot 12 people dead at the office of the French satirical magazine. According to the BBC report here, they were heard shouting “we have avenged the Prophet Muhammad” and “God is Great” in Arabic as they made their escape.

It seems likely, therefore, that this attack was a reprisal against the magazine for printing a caricature of the Prophet, in 2011.

What kind of person waits more than three years to take recompense for a wrong, and then does it by shooting anybody who happens to be in the transgressor’s place of work at the time? What possible reason could they have for doing this?

It has been said that radicalised Muslims commit acts of terrorism because their Imam has told them they will be rewarded in heaven (or is it in the Garden of Earthly Delights?) for acts against the infidel – but really, how insane do you have to be to believe that?

About as insane as you’d have to be to commit such acts, whether you believe the story or not.

Whatever the perpetrators thought they were doing today, they were not exacting vengeance for an insult, or justice for a crime. They were murdering a dozen innocent people because one of them had drawn a picture.

Perhaps some adherents of Islam believe that’s okay.

This writer hopes the majority do not…

And wonders how many French Muslims will be brave enough to get onto the streets of their home town and join the others, holding up placards bearing the words ‘Je Suis Charlie’ too.

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