The EDL extends its heartfelt condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of the butchered journalists who have just paid the ultimate price for freedom of speech.
The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was no stranger to attacks from Muslim radicals. At the beginning of November 2011, it survived having its Paris offices destroyed by a petrol bomb, a day after it named the Prophet Mohammed as its “editor-in-chief” for that week’s edition.
This time it’s the staff that have paid a heavy price for their bravery in speaking out against Islam. 12 people are now reported dead, with at least another 4 critically injured and the death toll is expected to rise.
How many signs saying ‘Behead those who insult Mohammed’ have to be paraded on our streets before our politicians take notice? How many lone wolf attacks have to take place before the authorities admit that wolves attack in packs?
In the words of French politician Philip Cordery: “Not only France, the whole of Europe is in shock today because by doing this horrendous act, the terrorists are once again attacking one of the important symbols of freedom, which is freedom of the press...”.
Like a join-the-dots puzzle, with attacks in Australia, Mumbai, Baghdad, London, New York, Boston and now Paris, how many more need to take place before someone calls attention to the drawing – not of a cartoon – but the hideous face of Islam?
The 12 dead include not just the editor and other cartoonists of the magazine,and police officers but Economist and writer Bernard Maris, a member of the Bank of France's General Council. M. Maris contributed both to the state run Radio France and the Charlie Hebdo magazine under the pen name "Oncle Bernard."
"This is a barbaric attack on the freedom of the press," Bank of France governor Christian Noyer said in a statement. "Bernard Maris was a cultured, kind and very tolerant man. He will be much missed."
Others are mentioned here in the French edition of The Local. One was the cleaner. How low do you go to shoot a charlady?
As these Jihadists were not suicide bombers but seem to be militarily trained I fear that they have escaped in order to commit further attacks. Friday is always a good day for rage and jihad.