“They wanted to bring France to its knees — they brought it to its feet”

I reported yesterday about the terrorist attack in Paris that killed 10 French journalists and 2 policemen.  The story has now exploded into a major international story that has galvanized people worldwide around the issues of freedom of speech and religious extremism.

In a nutshell, three masked men burst into the offices of a French satirical magazine and assassinated their staff and the two policement standing guard. The magazine, Charlie Hebdo, was firebombed a few years ago after the magazine published some covers sharply and satirically critical of Islam (thus the police presence).

UPDATE: It’s time for a serious discussion about [insert latest case of religious violence here]

One news report I saw said the police have video showing one of the assailants walking up to an injured policeman and putting a bullet into his head at point-blank range.

It’s been interesting to watch the reaction in France, but especially worldwide, to the attacks. It’s been pretty huge.

First in France, there was massive, spontaneous protests around the Paris last night. This tweet is perhaps my favorite:

“They wanted to bring France to its knees. They brought it to its feet.”

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Soon thereafter, media in France and worldwide stepped up as well:

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At the Newseum in Washington, DC:

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Particularly interesting, Wikileaks tweeted four of the most controversial covers from Charlie Hebdo. First up, a gay one that’s actually kind of brilliant:

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Next up, one that at first offended me, but then I got the larger “joke.” They’re not calling the Koran sh*t. It’s a statement on religion and violence. Still, you can guarantee this one would set people off.

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The next two covers I’m having a hard time digesting.

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This one I don’t even understand. But it feels somewhat racist.

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Of course, Fox News’ Erick Erickson couldn’t wait to use the deaths of 12 Frenchmen to bash gay Americans as “terrorists.”

Muslims hardly own the patent on religiously-inspired hate.


Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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