Where's the outrage over the deaths of Palestinians? I suppose many will blame them for their sorrows.
What about Ebola? Have you noticed that no one really cares unless a white person catches it? Then it makes the news. Otherwise it's already quickly fading from memory.
I'm not trying to make light of the deaths of the people in France. They didn't deserve to die. But were they wholly innocent?
You can't poke at Jews or Blacks that way. It won't be tolerated. I supposed Blacks are a race and Jews... no one is clear... are they a race or a religion? Regardless of what they are perceived to be, they are unassailable. But Muslims? In 2015 Europe, it's open season on Muslims.
There are lines and limits to free speech and the Charlie cartoons were just trash. They weren't constructive or even instructive. Given the context of the Muslim community in France and the state of the Muslim world, to poke at them in such a way was to invite violence.
I know many Christians will say, "Look at us! We don't strike out when our religion is insulted." We don't go after South Park.
It's true that most Christians won't utilize violence to strike out those who mock them. But I contend that many or even most American Christians do become violent when you insult their real god... America. Then, they'll threaten you and if able bomb you back to the Stone Age. They're obviously not adverse to utilizing violence. I guess it's just a matter of priorities.
Of course we could speak of Blowback. We could speak of Terrorism, but no one will be able to agree on the definition of what Terrorism is. If the context was different, many of the same people who cry 'I am Charlie' might praise the actions of the gunmen. They'll deny it, but those who pay attention to history know better. If these men were terrorists then why are the guerilla groups supported by the West called Freedom Fighters? It's a matter of perspective. To the people on the receiving end a Death Squad doesn't seem like Freedom Fighters to them.
It's all murder. I condemn the Charlie Hebdo murders but I am not Charlie and for Turkey's Davutoglu, Bongo of Gabon, Orban, Al-Sisi and Netanyahu to be at the rally made it ridiculous. I could also mention David Cameron and Attorney-General Eric Holder, but I wonder how many would understand how the British and American systems have also crushed journalism, freedom of speech and the free press?
To assert that these leaders somehow represent freedom of speech and the press isn't just a mockery, it's absurd.