A bit of mid-2000s nostalgia in France. Satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo made Mohammed guest editor for a special issue called Charia Hebdo and published a few satirical cartoons. The response from Muslim religious nutters was exactly as it was last time. Violence was the first resort and they firebombed Charlie Hebdo’s office.
This is the cover of the magazine that upset them so much.
Here are the other cartoons. Unfortunately, I don’t speak French so I’ve no idea what they are about. Whatever they say, though, they don’t justify bombing people.
Left-wing blogger Coatsey notes that high-profile figures on the French left have been quick to condemn the bombing and stand up for free speech. Would the same thing happen in this country? Probably not. If the British establishment’s reaction to the attacks on the Danish cartoons are anything to go by, we couldn’t even rely on wholehearted condemnation from the Conservative Party.
Not that it would ever happen here anyway. Satire directed against Islam has long been taboo in Britain. With the honourable exception of the Freethinker, while newspapers across Europe showed solidarity with Denmark, no British publication printed the Danish cartoons. With artists and comedians scared to even mention Islam, the likelihood of anybody in this country doing something offensive enough to warrant a molotov cocktail is very remote.
Update: This outbreak of fanaticism has woken MediaWatchWatch up. Good to see him back.