Paris attacks: unless we overcome fear, self-censorship will spread #CharlieHebdo

We take on the powerful – and ask you to admire our bravery – only if they are not a paramilitary force that may kill us

We have a blasphemy law. No electorate has approved it. No parliament has passed it. No judge supervises its application and no jury determines guilt beyond reasonable doubt. There’s no right of appeal. And the penalty is death. It is enforced not by a police bound by codes of conduct, but by a fear that dare not speak its name; a cowardice so total it lacks the courage to admit it is afraid.

The British are the world’s worst cowards. It is one thing to say you don’t approve of Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons. But the BBC, Channel 4 and many newspapers won’t run any images of Mohammad whatsoever. They would at least have acknowledged censorship if they had announced that they were frightened of attacks on their staff. They would have clung to a remnant of their honour if they had said: “We are not censoring out of respect. We loathe the murderers who enforce their taboos with Kalashnikovs. But we do not want to spend years living in hiding, as Salman Rushdie did. Or be stabbed in the street, as Theo van Gogh was. Or hear an Islamist smash at our door with an axe and cry: “We will get our revenge,” – as Kurt Westergaard did. So we are backing away.”

  • Islam is nothing but fear.

    Read how it works at:

    Here is the begining.

    Would you wear a T-shirt with a Mohammad cartoon printed on it?

    You might in Montana. Don’t try it in Mecca.


    Because, Islam trains a small number of its most devout believers it’s OK to kill. And Islamic killers have been trained to kill anyone who insults Allah and/or Mohammad.

    In Montana you’d have a good chance none of these Islamic killers would see you.

    In Mecca you wouldn’t last five minutes. One of Islam’s killers would come from out of nowhere and kill you. It is that simple.

    You don’t believe me? Ask any Muslim!

  • Waffle

    The genie of blood lust has been released from it’s bottle and its poisonous miasma is not only spreading, but it is catching. A similar insanity gripped the world during the Nazi era. Then, as now, the killings and atrocities were carried out by psychopaths who reveled in their depravity.

    Although the well-oiled Nazi machine appeared impossible to defeat, the bravery and decency of those who believed in the values of civilized society triumphed in the end.

    The time to push back and push back hard, is now!! As Roosevelt (?) said, “The only thing to fear is fear itself”. There are no ‘root causes’. There are no excuses.

    • Pete_Brewster

      No. What won the day was the ability and willingness of the Allies to remove national socialism’s ability to make war on civilization. To do this Germany had to be invaded and conquered, its leadership liquidated, and German fifth columns expelled from every part of Europe.

      The Houses of Saud and Thani need to be removed, promptly, from power in the Arabian peninsula and their oil wealth transferred to its rightful owners—the Jewish people who by God’s grace are the rightful masters of the Middle East.

      The United States alone has enough nuclear weapons to put the Saud and Thani crime families out of business for good in a single evening. All it would take is a little courage and a soupçon of concern for the fate of the rest of mankind.

      Sorry. This won’t end until we’re at least as willing to see hajji in hell as he is to murder us all. And that’s plenty.

      • Pete: the next time you post something along these lines: “Give Australia’s Muslims a year to get out, surrendering any and all assets to the Queen and with the full understanding that their lives are forfeit if they ever return.
        After that, withdraw the protection of law from any Muslims left in Australia and pay a generous cash reward to anyone bringing in an arselifter’s carcass to federal, state, territorial or local law enforcement. To expedite this, repeal all laws keeping guns out of the hands of loyal Australians.”

        I will ban you for at least 24 hours. Second time, at least 48. Got it?

        • Pete_Brewster

          I have a better idea, Mamba. Shall I simply admit that if I can no longer speak my mind here of all places, I should find a forum where I still may do so. As a former Charlie contributor said in a slightly different context, I’d rather cut my own cobblers off than pull my punches.

          I shan’t bother you again.

          God save the Queen.

          • As you like. You’ve been asked more times than I can count not to call for murder and not to write things which are grotesquely violent and de-humanizing, but it never seems to make a damn bit of difference to you. That particular sentiment, about the bounty for hides and what-not: how many times has that been deleted? What does that tell you? Nothing, apparently.

            You really aren’t censored all that much, but if you want to play the martyr have at it.

          • b_marco

            Don’t be surprised if a new, anonymized IP poster, named something like “Jack Harder” starts posting shortly.

          • Hmmmmmm……

          • Pete you crossed a line.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …perhaps the Mafia, Drug Cartels, Motorcycle Gangs, and groups of hard-core criminals will pick up on terrorism tactics as a technique to get authorities off of their backs…