Charlie Hebdo: Who is to Blame?

Carlos Latuff.
Two Muslim killers wiped out the whole editorial team of the satirical weekly „Charlie Hebdo“ at noontime in Paris on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. This cold-blooded murder is an indefensible crime. The killers were said to claim that they have „avenged the Prophet Mohammad“.


And that they have shouted „Allahu Akbar“, the usual war cry also of fake Islamist terrorists. Have they committed their heinous crime in the name or in defense of Islam? Charlie Hebdo has a long history of angering Muslims with cartoons, but it caricatured also all religions.

Western politicians designated the event as an attack on freedom of press and freedom of speech, or on all of us. French President Francois Hollande declared that France will not be intimidated and would not give up its freedom. Was the satirical magazine really a guardian of freedom of press or just a so-called critical magazine, which justified the US-led aggressions in the Muslim world in the name of human rights? Minutes before the attack, the magazine had tweeted a cartoon about the leader of the Islamic State.

It seems as if the Islamic fanatics reflected the brutal religious war being waged in Iraq and Syria and perhaps soon in Yemen and Saudi-Arabia, too, which is going to effect the Western world. The wars of the US Empire and its willful allies against the Muslim world are a hotbed for Islamic radicalism. The scenario follows a tit for tat logic. The atrocities, committed by Bush, Blair, Sarkozy and Hollande, played right in the hands of modern jihadists. The only remedy to stop the ride into the abyss is to terminate the war against the regime of Bashar al-Assad and face the fundamentalist Saudi-Arabian dictatorship head-on.

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