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This is my favorite of the cartoon reactions. The artist is Joep Bertrams. Onsterfelijk means immortal.

I like the sentiment. Sadly, I don’t believe it. In every instance I can think of, terrorism worked. Works. Works exactly as intended.

If they keep Charlie Hebdo going, and it keeps publishing enthusiastic blasphemy, I’ll be impressed and encouraged. But the point stands. Hesitant people will hesitate even more, and there will be more hesitant people.

The Financial Times has *already* run a “now, I’m not condoning terrorism, but…” article (link goes to HotAir because FT is behind a firewall). Western media are blurring out the offending images in reports about the incident. (Here’s the Telegraph. Here’s the New York Daily News (scroll down).

The AP’s sniffy, sanctimonious press release describing how they avoid all controversial images hilariously exploded in their faces when the Washington Examiner discovered them selling prints of Piss Christ on their web site. You remember — Andres Serrano’s photo of a crucifix submerged in a jar of old pee. (Btw, hate to admit it, always sneakingly thought that was a really haunting and beautiful image. Shame about the pee).

Point is, it’s probably going to work. This is probably not the tipping point. That depresses me as much as the murders.


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: January 7, 2015, 10:49 pm

Yeah, I mean Turkey wasn’t always an islamic state, & the Turks aren’t arab in the least. Look at how well that’s worked out.

I doubt there’s much hope any more for Frants. We’ll see about the rest of ’em.

Comment from Sigivald
Time: January 7, 2015, 11:11 pm

I like the sentiment. Sadly, I don’t believe it. In every instance I can think of, terrorism worked. Works. Works exactly as intended.

Well, note that Charlie Hedbo was already firebombed and shot up, IIRC.

And they didn’t stop then.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 8, 2015, 12:40 am

Yeah, Sigi, but those guys are dead now 🙁

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: January 8, 2015, 12:41 am

The Media hypocrisy on this is thick enough to chop with an ax.

The White House position is that of one of the more vulgar depictions deleted from the Kama Sutra – the infamous “Bend Over And Take It, s’il vous plaît” posture.

Words fail me….

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: January 8, 2015, 12:55 am

One can only wonder about the effect on French politics. Certainly Le Pen will pick up some votes from this. Perhaps the glory days of being a Muslim in France are closing. I wonder when the Swedes will change their tune for that matter.


Comment from OldFert
Time: January 8, 2015, 2:12 am

Good cartoon.

Maybe we should declare a fatwa on AP for them selling the prints of the crucifix in a jar of urine.

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