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Western media are declaring the million-man march in Paris, where world leaders paraded down Boulevard Voltaire in solidarity with France, a victory over terrorism.
Isn’t it pretty to think so.

Unfortunately, the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, its military-style execution, the escape of the assassins, and their blazing end in a shootout Friday was a triumph of terrorism not seen since 9/11.

Unlike the Boston Marathon bombing where the Tsarnaevs did not know or care whom they maimed or killed, the attack on Charlie Hebdo by the Kouachi brothers was purposeful and targeted terrorism.

And like a flash of lightning in the dark, it exposed the moral contradictions and confusion of the West.

During the slaughter the Kouachis shouted “Allahu akbar,” said they had “avenged the Prophet,” and spoke of ties to al-Qaida.

And the first response of President Francois Hollande?

These terrorists “have nothing to do with the Muslim religion.”

This is political correctness of a rare order. Perhaps terminal.

Linking arms with Hollande in solidarity and unity Sunday was Bibi Netanyahu who declared, “I wish to tell to all French and European Jews — Israel is your home.” Colleagues urged French Jews to flee to Israel.

Marching on the other side of Hollande was Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas who seeks to have Netanyahu’s Israel indicted in the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Gaza. Solidarity!

In chanting “Je Suis Charlie,” the marchers showed support for a magazine French Muslims rightly believe is racist and anti-Islamic.

Yet, Marine Le Pen, leading in the polls for the French presidency, was blacklisted from marching for remarks about Muslim immigration that are benign compared to what Charlie Hebdo regularly publishes.

All weekend long, journalists called it an imperative for us all to defend the lewd and lurid blasphemies of the satirical magazine.

But as journalist Christopher Dickey points out, Muslims in the banlieues wonder why insulting the Prophet is a protected freedom in France, while denying the Holocaust can get you a prison term.

Hypocrisy is indeed the tribute that vice pays to virtue.

Moreover, all this chatter about freedom of speech and of the press misses the point. It was not the right to publish that provoked the slaughter, but the content of what was published.

When Aaron Burr challenged Alexander Hamilton to a duel, and killed him, he was not attacking the First Amendment freedom of the press, but rather Hamilton, for defamation of Burr’s character, which had helped to destroy Burr’s career.

What the commentators seem to be saying about the assault on Charlie Hebdo is that not only is what is spoken or published protected by the First Amendment, but those who print and publish vile things must never suffer violent consequences.


People who believe this is attainable are living in a dream world, and may not be long for this one. Even as children you knew there were words you did not use about someone else’s girlfriend, mother, family, faith or race, if you did not want a thrashing.

That same day millions marched in France, Saudi Arabia was administering 50 lashes to blogger Raif Badawi convicted of insulting Saudi clergy, the first of 1,000 lashes over 20 weeks in addition to his 10-year jail sentence. Had Badawi been guilty of apostasy, he would have been executed.

Welcome to the new Middle East, same as the old Middle East.

And Islam and the Prophet were not the only targets of Charlie Hebdo. Catholicism was also. In one cartoon, Charlie Hebdo depicts the First and Second Persons of the Blessed Trinity in incestuous activity.

And we all supposed to march in solidarity with that?

A liberal secular West might find this a democratic duty. Not all will. When people are using the First Amendment to assault the somewhat older Second Commandment, “Though shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain,” they should not be surprised when devout followers of Abrahamic faiths take a pass.

These Islamic terrorists are sending us a message: In the post-Christian West, Christians may turn the other check at insults to their God and faith. We are not turn-the-other cheek people. Insult our faith, mock the Prophet, and we kill you.

An awakening and rising Islamic world — a more militant faith than Christianity or secularism — is saying to the West: We want you out of our part of the world, and we are coming to your part of the world, and you cannot stop us.

And Francois Hollande’s response? Show solidarity with Islam by ostracizing Marine Le Pen.

This is the true heir of Edouard Daladier of Munich fame.

The Kouachi brothers sent yet another message.

If you are a young Muslim willing to fight and die for Islam, do not waste your life as some suicide bomber in the wilds of Syria or Iraq. Do as we did; shock and awe your enemies right inside the belly of the beast.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”

Copyright 2015

• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Charlie Hebdo, France, Islam, Terrorism 
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  1. eisermann says: • Website

    It will take a long time for the Jihadis to add up to the body count of Islamaphobe Ander Breivik or to the 500 dead children in Gaza. Meanwhile the Pentagon has admitted that its twitter hack by ISIS was a false flag.

    ‘ISIS’ Hackers Love American Folk-Punk, Don’t Know the Name of Their Own Terror Group

    AP reports foreign funding, arms, Bulgarian connection

    While French authorities worked to trace the source of the weapons funding, a Bulgarian prosecutor announced that a Frenchman already in custody had ties to Cherif Kouachi, one of the brothers who carried out the Charlie Hebdo newspaper massacre that left 12 people dead last week

    and additional free speech constraints

    n a sign that French judicial authorities were using laws against defending terrorism to their fullest extent, a man who had praised the terror attacks in a rant while resisting arrest on a drunk driving violation was swiftly sentenced to four years in prison.

    The Bulgarian connection has a precedent, and usually ends in an assertion of Iranian involvement

    Who is Behind the Bulgaria “False Flag” Attack on Israeli Tourists?

    • Replies: @Hepp
    , @KA
  2. Hepp says:

    It will take a long time for the Jihadis to add up to the body count of Islamaphobe Ander Breivik or to the 500 dead children in Gaza.

    What planet are you living on?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  3. Harold says:

    …a magazine French Muslims rightly believe is racist and anti-Islamic.

    Emphasis mine.

    From what I have heard, Charlie Hebdo is a pro-mass-immigration left-wing magazine that once tried to get the National Front banned. Am I expected to believe they are racist? For those types anti-racism is their religion. Like all so-called ‘anti-racists’ they were and are, no doubt, anti-white bigots, but I don’t think that is what Buchanan meant.

    • Replies: @anon
  4. Hepp says:

    Freedom of speech is a means to an end. It needs to be protected regarding debate on political issues. Drawing crude pictures of saints and revered figures is more akin to pornography. It’s “speech” that has no redeeming value, and which society does not have an interest in protecting.

  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Your planet

  6. KA says:

    Not surprised at all in learning the hoax ness of the cyber attack. But it is ” Smart” hoax,like ” smart sanctions” ,” smart bombs” and ” smart” analysis of defense.
    Many will like to agree with you , but the abused children have no where to turn to but flock to the pedophile father .
    Americans have been psychologically and intellectually abused ” Smart” propaganda has achieved the purposes ,rest of the ” smart”s did not prove that effective.

  7. anon • Disclaimer says:

    But from a Muslim’s perspective, Charlie’s depictions of the prophet are “racist” or “islamophobic”. Charlie and the Muslims can agree on one thing: more Muslims in France are a good thing. Where they disagree is the nature of Islam. Charlie wants Islam to integrate itself within France’s secular framework, but Muslims want to retain the sexist and other anti-secular tenants of their religion.

    • Replies: @Harold
  8. Even as children you knew there were words you did not use about someone else’s girlfriend, mother, family, faith or race, if you did not want a thrashing.

    That same day millions marched in France, Saudi Arabia was administering 50 lashes to blogger Raif Badawi convicted of insulting Saudi clergy

    Thanks for reinforcing Saudi’s message, Pat: don’t say anything to offend people who can hurt you.

    In case you don’t get it: we are supposed to march for the freedom to do just that.

  9. KA says:

    “Scarcely had I walked out, wearied by the dictatorial behaviour and corrupt promotion practices of the employer, than the Twin Towers fell and Caroline Fourest arrived in your editorial team. This double catastrophe set off a process of ideological reformatting which would drive off your former readers and attract new ones – a cleaner readership, more interested in a light-hearted version of the ‘war on terror’ than the soft anarchy of [cartoonist] Gébé.
    “Little by little, the wholesale denunciation of ‘beards,’ veiled women and their imaginary accomplices became a central axis of your journalistic and satirical production. ‘Investigations’ began to appear which accepted the wildest rumors as fact, like the so-called infiltration of the League of Human Rights (LDH) or European Social Forum (FSE) by a horde of bloodthirsty Salafists. The new impulse underway required the magazine to renounce the unruly attitude which had been its backbone up to then, and to form alliances with the most corrupt figures of the intellectual jet-set, such as Bernard-Henri Lévy or Antoine Sfeir, cosignatories in Charlie Hebdo of a grotesque ‘Manifesto of the Twelve against the New Islamic Totalitarianism.’ Whoever could not see themselves in a worldview which opposed the civilized (Europeans) to obscurantists (Muslims) saw themselves quickly slapped with the label of ‘useful idiots’ or ‘Islamo-leftists.’”

    From the horse’s mouth,no anonymous source- the guy who worked with the team for 10 yrs has this ( above) to say.

  10. Harold says:

    Their race wasn’t made fun of, their religion was. If they were white their religion would still have been made fun of. If they were atheists they wouldn’t have been made fun of for their race. There is no racism here. If they perceive racism they are delusional.

  11. David says:

    Mr Buchanan has taken a wrong turn. We all make mistakes.

    People who believe this is attainable are living in a dream world…

    People who think murder, rape, theft and fraud will cease are living in a dream world, too. So what?

    Even as children you knew there were words you did not use about someone else’s girlfriend, mother, family, faith or race, if you did not want a thrashing.

    While it’s obvious that people can be provoked to violence by words, the law in this country protects the speech and punishes the violence. I’m afraid if we tolerated the alternative, even voices like Pat Buchanan’s might one day be silenced.

    • Replies: @Jim
  12. Mark says:


    Pat, If you do not insult their religion, the aliens will kill whites for some other reason or for no reason.

    This whole problem is due to 3rd world immigration.

    All this 3rd world immigration is caused by the Jewish lobby, which bribes politicians and forces them to allow more 3rd world immigration so they can “feel safe in a multi-cultural society.”

    For example, a Jewish woman named Barbara Lerner Spectre wants more Muslims and blacks to invade EU.

    There are 100’s of such examples on the internet of how the Jewish lobby forces politicians to allow 3rd world invasion.

    Judaists want everybody to become “tolerant” (which is a very negative word but the Judaists brainwashed the public) to “tolerate” (i.e. endure, and suffer) the stoning to death of women raped in Islam and all the barbarity and evil the aliens bring to “soften up” the white majority, so they will then tolerate Jewish barbaric rituals like male sexual assault called b’peh, the rape of boys and women by the rabbis, the selling of organs by rabbis, and all their corruption and crime as these will be nothing compared to the bigger evil such as terrorism by Muslims, so people will turn a blind eye to the Judaists crimes.

    Also, with Muslims and Christians fighting each other, the Judaists will be able to control both groups, using the divide and conquer strategy. The Jewish strategy is to “defile, then destroy” (Historian O’Connor).

    3rd world Immigration–Jewish terrorism in action.

    Another scam the French govt. did, forced by its Jewish masters, was to provide armed protection to Judaists, to fool the public that the real perpetrators, the Judaists, are victims too!

  13. Jim says:

    What is right or wrong, legal or illegal is not important. As a practical matter in any country where there is a large Moslem population anything like the Hebdo cartoons is out. Not to recognize this is fantasy.

  14. Jefferson says:

    I am surprised Kim Jung Un has never converted to Islam because he is a bat shit crazy man and Islam is a bat shit crazy religion.

    Unless Kim Jung Un sees himself as a God and thus a higher Being than the prophet Muhammad and there for would think it is a step down to convert to Islam and worship Muhammad who is inferior and beneath him.

  15. KA says:

    Genocidal Racist Charles Dickens (1812-1870),
    Indian Holocaust And UK – US Muslim Genocide

    By Dr Gideon Polya

    10 February, 2012

    — Thus Charles Dickens in a letter to Emile de la Rue on 23 October 1857 about the so-called Indian Mutiny of 1857 : “I wish I were Commander in Chief over there [ India ]! I would address that Oriental character which must be powerfully spoken to, in something like the following placard, which should be vigorously translated into all native dialects, “I, The Inimitable, holding this office of mine, and firmly believing that I hold it by the permission of Heaven and not by the appointment of Satan, have the honor to inform you Hindoo gentry that it is my intention, with all possible avoidance of unnecessary cruelty and with all merciful swiftness of execution, to exterminate the Race from the face of the earth, which disfigured the earth with the late abominable atrocities [2,000 British killed in the 1857 Indian War of Independence aka the 1857 Indian Mutiny] (see Grace Moore (2004), “Dickens and the Empire. Discourses of class, race, and colonialism in the works of Charles Dickens” (Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot , UK ): ).

    Charles Dickens was not alone and the British Establishment acted with extraordinary brutality. Indian historian Amaresh Misra claims in his 2 volume work “War of Civilizations: India AD 1857” that the British killed 10 million Indians in reprisals for the 2,000 British killed in the 1857 rebellion (the so-called Indian Mutiny). Amaresh Misra : “It was a holocaust, one where millions disappeared. It was a necessary holocaust in the British view because they thought the only way to win was to destroy entire populations in towns and villages. It was simple and brutal. Indians who stood in their way were killed. But its scale has been kept a secret” (Randeep Ramesh, “ India ‘s secret history: “a holocaust, one where millions disappeared…” Author says British reprisals involved the killing of 10 million Indians spread over 10 years”, Guardian, 24 August 2007: ) . However British writers in a process of continuing , holocaust denial put the number of Indians killed at about 100,000.

    That was then. Charles Dickens was “leftist” face of Charles Hebdo .Muslims in France today are like the millions Hindu ( Hindu and muslim) were in 1857 . The threat back then was framed as threat to the inhernet right of Western civilization and Christianity to penetrate every corners and bring salvation to the souls ( One slogan was possibly used then often -: every man should be given a chance to know the Lord, attain salvation,and go to heaven . It was emphaszied that no resistance to the grand plan would be tolerated . Now the battle cry is a little different – lack of integration, oppression of women , and undermining of the soul of the Republic by these odd looking,abnormally dressed, ghetto living angry unhappy revengful fanatics hankering after 72 virgins and they should be visually eliminated !! ).

    • Replies: @Wyrd
  16. Wyrd says:

    ka, your copy-and-paste skills are beyond reproach; however, attacking “God bless us, everyone!” Dickens will get you nowhere amongst us racist, sexist, homophobic, pale-skinned pundits. Perhaps you should look for your “appointment of Satan” elsewhere.

    • Replies: @KA
  17. KA says:

    Copy and paste the way to go for the people who get their daily doses of news from Fox,CNN,government press releases ,the rapture believing flag waving pro wars mega churches ,and who are still marooned in the world view of the 19 th century.

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