CHARLIE HEBDO: The Cartoons That Caused it All

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A stick in the side or political satire?

“I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.” –Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier (1967 – 2015), publisher, Charlie Hebdo.

On Wednesday morning, the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo was once again targeted by violent jihadists for the crime of depicting in print the image of the Prophet Mohammed.

According to initial reports, three gunmen killed 10 magazine staffers and two police officers who responded to the shooting.

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 10.54.38 AMThe magazine’s offices were firebombed in 2011 after it initially published cartoons depicting Mohammed, one of a string of attacks retaliating against predominately European publications that dared to “blaspheme.”

Those attacks, like today’s shooting, were brutal and savage attempts to silence speech that their fanatical perpetrators find offensive to their seventh-century worldview and conception of their religion.

Read more: Free Beacon

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