Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Charlie Hebdo Played a Dangerous Game of "Chicken" with Jihadist Terrorists That Cost Lives

The publishers of Charlie Hebdo knew full well they were risking their lives, and the lives of those they employed, by intentionally trying to offend Muslims, particularly those of a jihadist bent.  This is confirmed by the fact that the now late editor in chief of Charlie Hebdo, Stephane Charbonnier, once quipped that he'd "rather die standing than living on [his] knees."

In light of this, nobody should be surprised that Charbonnier, and at least eleven other people who worked on Charlie Hebdo, were murdered in cold blood today by Muslim terrorists.  And yet, some people are miffed at "Screaming" Bill Donahue of the Catholic League for pointing out that the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo was foreseeable.    

Obviously, these critics have mistaken Donahue's pointing out the foreseeability of the terrorist attack that occurred with blaming the victims for causing the attack.  It's admittedly a nuanced distinction, but one that nevertheless exists.

These criticisms of Bill Donahue also detract from the fact that the publishers of Charlie Hebdo have been playing a reckless and dangerous game of "chicken" with Muslim jihadists that, sadly and unsurprisingly, has resulted in the tragic murder of several lives.  

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