Imagine if, during World War 2, western leaders refused to acknowledge that we were at war with Germany, and did everything possible to separate Nazism from Axis atrocities, so as not to offend "the majority of peaceful Nazis." Those are the times in which we now live.
From Commentary Magazine:
It is already being described in France as the worst massacre of journalists in the country since the Nazi occupation in WWII. The death toll at the time of writing stands at 12, including some of the most famous journalists in the country.
Francois Hollande, President of France, has expressed his shock and outrage. Prime Minister Cameron said that we "stand squarely for free speech". In fact, everyone is saying they stand squarely for free speech.
But the evidence, not missed, you can be sure, by the Islamic terrorists who perpetrated the slaughter, shows that they just don't mean it.
Remember the cartoon jihad launched after Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published some drawings of the Prophet Mohammed in September 2005? While most mainstream newspapers in Britain, Europe and America ran a mile rather than republish the cartoons in solidarity -- you won't be reading about that in the mainstream newspapers tomorrow -- the politicians were even worse.
When Charlie Hebdo itself showed unusual courage in reprinting the cartoons in February 2006, then French President Jacques Chirac described the move as a "provocation".
Angela Merkel, hedging her bets, made a lame and half-hearted defence of freedom of speech which she implied had to be balanced against the need to show respect to Muslims:
"We need to learn to show mutual respect for each others' views and feelings as well as to develop our shared values."
Our very own Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary at the time, denounced newspapers that had shown some genuine solidarity in the cause of free speech by saying:
"I believe the republication of these cartoons has been unnecessary, it has been insensitive, it has been disrespectful, and it has been wrong."
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