The Blame for the #CharlieHebdo Murders

“The murders today in Paris are not a result of France’s failure to assimilate two generations of Muslim immigrants from its former colonies. They’re not about French military action against the Islamic State in the Middle East, or the American invasion of Iraq before that. They’re not part of some general wave of nihilistic violence in the economically depressed, socially atomized, morally hollow West—the Paris version of Newtown or Oslo. Least of all should they be “understood” as reactions to disrespect for religion on the part of irresponsible cartoonists.

They are only the latest blows delivered by an ideology that has sought to achieve power through terror for decades. It’s the same ideology that sent Salman Rushdie into hiding for a decade under a death sentence for writing a novel, then killed his Japanese translator and tried to kill his Italian translator and Norwegian publisher. The ideology that murdered three thousand people in the U.S. on September 11, 2001. The one that butchered Theo van Gogh in the streets of Amsterdam, in 2004, for making a film. The one that has brought mass rape and slaughter to the cities and deserts of Syria and Iraq. That massacred a hundred and thirty-two children and thirteen adults in a school in Peshawar last month. That regularly kills so many Nigerians, especially young ones, that hardly anyone pays attention.”

  • Barrington Minge

    Time to call it what it is. It is not “Islamic” terrorism. it is “Muslim” terrorism. What is done in the name of Islam is done by Muslims.
    Je suis Charlie

  • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

    “Rage and condemnation don’t do the job, nor is it helpful to alienate the millions of Muslims who dislike what’s being done in the name of their religion. Many of them immediately condemned the attack on Charlie Hebdo, in tones of anguish particular to those whose deepest beliefs have been tainted. The answer always has to be careful, thoughtful, and tailored to particular circumstance.” I dislike the puritanical tone of much this article?

    • Pete_Brewster

      What, do you expect an MSM hack to call a spade a bloody shovel and America’s Muslims arselifting swine overdue for the slaughterhouse? Nobody would invite him to parties any more.

  • ontario john

    If you watch the cbc you would think the Pope and Christians are the culprits. They refuse to show the offending drawings of islam, but use the satirical picture of the Pope. I hope everyone is excited about the thousands of Syrian voters coming here.

  • just a thought

    They haven’t been at it “for decades,” but for centuries: a millennium and a half, to be precise.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    In a glimmer of light, One America News Network’s prime time commentator Graham Ledger, analyzed the massacre in the same terms and observations that we have been using here, including saying that Islam itself is the problem. I hope that this fledgling network grows to leave CNN and MSNBC in the dust.

  • Chatillon

    Holy Crap! That piece came from the New Yorker?