....to say something about the French magazine shoot up. The national presses are reacting to this, rather than the removal of the Christian population from northern Iraq, because it impinges upon their ultimate sacrament: the right to say or do anything with impunity. Charlie Hebdo wrote and published blasphemous things about Christianity and promotes Marxist politics. This was not a magazine for normal people attacked on account of its upright content or daring reporting. This was a fringe magazine attacked and massacred because it pushed the wrong people too far. Catholics are the press's punching bag. We take it and have for years now. Muslims, or a very active minority of them, would rather the publisher die than themselves die of laughter. I have absolutely nothing good to say about Islam and believe it to be, when fully practiced in devotion, the remnant of an insane cult. That said, Charlie Hebdo is hardly off the proverbial hook. Imagine a school field trip to the zoo. The class bully steals everyone's lunch money and buys himself a juicy burger. He punches out a nice young man so he can sit next to the fellow's girlfriend on the bus. At the zoo he taunts the animals, making foul faces at the lions and chirping at the bears. Then, unassumingly, he does the same to the monkeys, only monkeys, while not quite as potent as lions or bears, are quite creative at being devious. The monkey takes a rock from his cage and hurls it through the bars, striking the bully o n the head and leaving him in a coma. Is it tragic? Yes. Did he deserve it? No, but one could be forgiven for not being overwhelmed at the matter.
Truth be told, I feel most sorry for the hostages the Muslim terrorists killed. They earned no part in this mess.