Live blog of French hostage / terror crisis

Major developments in the nationwide manhunt in France for the terrorists who murdered 12 people at the headquarter of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The two Charlie Hebdo terrorists who were still on the run (the third had already turned himself) are now dead. Another hostage stand-off was also resolved this morning in Paris.

Basically, there were two hostage situations this morning. The Charlie Hebdo terrorists took a hostage outside Paris near Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, and a second possibly-related hostage crisis was taking place in Paris at a kosher supermarket. 4 hostages at least are dead at the supermarket.

The two Charlie Hebdo terrorists are dead. One of the two supermarket terrorists are dead; the other, a woman, is on the run.

These are the second set of hostage-takers, not the Charlie Hebdo terrorists:

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Twitter headquarters:
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This was the siege of those second hostage-takers:Screen-Shot-2015-01-09-at-10.57.39-AM

"At least 4 of the hostages at Vincennes are dead."

“At least 4 of the hostages at Vincennes are dead.”

Lead American Republicans continue to do what they do best:

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More from Paris:

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The #JeSuisCharlie hashtag is reportedly the most popular hashtag ever in Twitter’s history. I’d be curious if someone can confirm this.

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13 Responses to “Live blog of French hostage / terror crisis”

  1. Badgerite says:

    Sweet!

  2. mirth says:

    I wouldn’t put much thinking into a study that questioned only about 3200 Americans (rather than “83% of Americans” and “48% of Americans” as the article reads), and neither does the very small study nor the Huffpo article explain how Muslims have been forced into apology or who is doing the forcing.

  3. BeccaM says:

    Okay then, I stand corrected. ‘Few’ demand it.

    Following Wednesday’s attack on Paris-based satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, many Muslims found themselves in the spotlight once again, forced to apologize for a crime they had nothing to do with.

    Such is typically not the case for acts of violence perpetrated by other religious groups, and a 2011 Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) survey may offer a hint as to why the double-standard exists.

    The PRRI survey showed evidence of contradictions in Americans’ attitudes toward religious violence. Most notably, 83 percent of Americans said that self-proclaimed Christians who commit acts of violence in the name of Christianity are not really Christians, while 48 percent of Americans said that
    self-proclaimed Muslims who commit acts of violence in the name of Islam
    are not really Muslims.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/09/american-attitudes-religious-violence_n_6443458.html

  4. mirth says:

    I take it, Houndentenor, that you mean non-Muslims are rallying. That’s great to know, but not unexpected of smart, sophisticated Parisians. For me, it would be far more meaningful and much less expected to see a lot of Muslims out showing similar respect for the police officers who hunted down and killed the murders.

  5. Houndentenor says:

    Who’s this “nobody”. I do. What I get is the same “well you know they were doing things” bullshit that we’re getting now about CH.

  6. Houndentenor says:

    A lot of people seem to be rallying around the Muslim Paris police officer who was killed during all this.

  7. mirth says:

    I can think of several reasons, including this one:

    Even in more mainstream religions, like with your other examples, it is the leaders of the fundamentalist factions in all of our religions who are driving acts of terror such as you describe. Homegrown terrorists are speaking for these leaders and do represent their views. Why would we want to hear more of what they have to say? Besides, what a cacophony they would make! We get enough of that in our daily nuz.

  8. BeccaM says:

    I saw plenty.

    But it’s funny. Whenever there’s a religiously-motivated terrorist attack on a women’s health clinic or a doctor is murdered, nobody demands immediate statements of condemnation from the Catholic, Baptist, Protestant or Evangelical Christian leaders. They’re always given the benefit of the presumption that the terrorists do not speak for them, don’t represent them or their views, and regardless whether they issue a statement or not, are also presumed not to be responsible.

    I wonder why that’s the case.

  9. mirth says:

    I had read a few as well (“few” being the operative word, which is why I wrote “significant amount” above), familiar words, mere blah blah blah without these so-called moderates taking targeted action in support of rights in all Muslim countries, where it damn well belongs. In protected speech of Western presses, their words carry little weight to the point of absurdity and uselessness.

  10. goulo says:

    I guess it depends what news sources you read, or what you’re looking for & remember. I saw various Muslim condemnation of the attacks without looking specifically for it.

  11. mirth says:

    Until today when I went looking specifically for it, I hadn’t read a significant amount of moderate Muslim condemnation of the Paris attacks, which prompted me to think it’s time to drop the descriptive “radical” when discussing the perpetrators of these murderous events. Some of its vehemence, particularly from the French Muslim Council – “This is a thunderous declaration of war…” – is tempered with understanding – French Muslims are scared as well they should be, and some of it, such as this from the Council on American-Islamic Relations: “we strongly condemn this brutal and cowardly attack and reiterate our repudiation of any such assault on freedom of speech…” remains laughable until spoken directly to “moderate” Muslim countries and not limited to “any such assault”, then acted upon, goddammit, for all their citizens.

    Even with their after-the-fact lofty words, largely the same ones we read time and time again, I’m still not entirely convinced that continuing to separate by using the word radical is appropriate. Dropping it would certainly further “a thunderous declaration of war.”

    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=muslims+condemn+paris+attacks&start=0

  12. 2karmanot says:

    ROTFL Yes, ROTFL!

  13. nicho says:

    CNN now saying Charlie Hebdo attackers dead.

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