Tuesday was the fifth anniversary of the massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, in which Islamic terrorists murdered twelve people in the name of Allah. In the years since the attack, the West has become even more craven, and is even less willing to engage in frank discussion about the nature of Islam or the Islamization of Europe.
As usual, Mark Steyn has the most cogent remarks on the topic:
Instead of sharing the risk, the bigfoot media behaved exactly as they had a decade earlier. At my old London home The Daily Telegraph some gutless pansies decided that their reporting on the story could only be accompanied by carefully blurred images of the late cartoonists’ work in order to avoid giving offense — turning Mohammed into a perpetually pixelated prophet, as if (to reprise a gag I did in 2005) poor ol’ Mo’s entered the witness protection program.
Which is in fact the precise opposite of what’s going on: cowardly media pixelate Mohammed as a way of fast-tracking themselves into the witness protection program, or so they hope. On TV, one of the few surviving Charlie Hebdo staffers attempted to hold one of the offending covers on screen, only to have the camera lurch away. Around the world, the dead cartoonists’ professional colleagues, almost to a man, agreed that the preferred response was some or other limpid, evasive, self-flattering variant of “the pen is mightier than the sword”.
But that line doesn’t work if your pen’s filled with White-Out…
To be honest, it makes me vomit to see people holding these Princess Dianafied candlelit vigils, and using the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie — I am Charlie — and in effect appropriating these guys’ sacrifice for this bogus solidarity. It makes me sick to see all these ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’ cartoons that have appeared in newspapers all over the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Australia, everywhere, from other cartoonists, again expressing solidarity with these very brave men — but not doing what they did…
I’ve been on enough events in Europe with less famous cartoonists than these who live under death threats, live under armed guard, have had their family restaurant firebombed — it’s happened to a Norwegian comedienne I know — have come home and found their home burned, as a Swedish artist I know happened to. And all these people doing the phony hashtag solidarity, screw your phony hashtag solidarity. Let’s have some real solidarity — or if not, at least have the good taste to stay the hell out of it.
That would have been asking too much. In the days that followed almost all those who claimed to be expressing solidarity with Charb were, in fact, signaling very clearly that they preferred to live on their knees.
That’s why free speech matters. Without free speech, there are only the official lies — about who’s killing Jews in Copenhagen, who’s sexually assaulting women in Cologne — and there is nothing to say in response to either except to crank up the old joanna for one more chorus of “Imagine”.
What happened on January 7th 2015 was terrible. But our response to it made it more terrible, and emboldened civilization’s enemies. With respect to the late Charb, the choice is not between dying standing up or living on our knees — for those who choose to live on their knees will die there, too, cringing and craven…
Read the whole thing.
There has been a lot of talk on French TV about the fifth anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo slaughter. Below are two video samples. Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Video #1: Marika Bret, the former Social Relations Director for Charlie Hebdo, discusses the increase in the Islamization in the five years since the attack.
Video #2: Remarks by Jean Messiha. According to Wikipedia, as glossed by MissPiggy:
Jean Messiha is an Egyptian-born French economist, high-ranking civil servant, political advisor and candidate. He became the deputy under-secretary of management at the Ministry of Defence in 2014. He is the spokesman for “Horaces”, a group of high-ranking civil servants and business executives who meet once a month and discuss the National Front (now National Rally) party platform. He was a candidate in the 2017 French legislative election.
Mr. Messiha tells the audience, “You’d best learn to pray in Arabic.”
Video transcript #1:
|00:00||That’s what we blame Charlie [Hebdo] for. We blame Charlie for being secular, but it’s only been|
|00:03||50 years that Charlie [Hebdo] has been secular. —It goes after all the religions.|
|00:06||Exactly, it treats every religion the same.|
|00:09||Actually, when you put the word religion in a drawing,|
|00:13||if you place the word Islam in a drawing, afterward|
|00:17||there are miles of messages and those messages are death threats. For the past five years,|
|00:24||I’ve been going to the police station every month or so to file a complaint|
|00:28||about death threats, not insults. Death threats.|
|00:31||Yes, that’s what Riss [Sourisseau] also said in his interview yesterday in the Sunday paper.|
|00:35||It’s necessary to file complaints each time.|
|00:38||You live in a bunker at Charlie Hebdo. We need to remember that|
|00:41||people still live under police protection.|
|00:45||We’ve all heard about the different events that have taken place|
|00:49||over the last few days. Thibault de Montbrial, a fierce advocate of secularism,|
|00:53||says that the threat is even stronger|
|00:57||today than five years ago. —The threat is stronger because it has become home-grown. The reality is|
|01:03||that this threat is strong, because this barbaric and deadly ideology|
|01:08||has permeating a number of minds.|
|01:12||As we’ve seen in recent days, people will do anything to explode what they have to explode.|
|01:22||So, yes, it is strong, it is very strong and along with that, to top it all off,|
|01:27||no president, no government, no minister of the interior is doing anything against it. —Yes.|