What did Charlie Hebdo published that was so provocative/inflammatory?
As Europe reels in horror at yet another senseless barbaric murder in the name of radical Islam. The peaceful loving community seems to have taken another slap on the face.
It is just unfortunate that of a religion with more than a billion adherents,across the world ,time and again their faith is sullied by the extremist in their midst,who in the name of the faith goes around murdering in cold blood, antics getting eminence and worldwide publicity for all the wrong horrific reasons.
Whether these barbaric acts are commited by lunatics in confined groups is a moot point. The most galling fact that it is commited in the name of the religion, and that these groups portray to the world the extremes they are willing to go in the defence of their prophet and God.
Giving yet more fuel to the Islamophobes to go on the offensive and lump all in a generalization that, Islam is a violent barbaric and dangerous religion that will not hestitate to commit murderous acts.
Sep 11, the Madrid ,London bombings and stabbing. Just recently in Australia,siege in a Sydney café killing 3 ,and the horrific senseless massacre of 145 Pakistani schoolchildren by the Talibans …juxtaposed on the ISIS beheadings , Boko Haram kidnapping of schoolgirls , Talibans murder attempt of Malala Yousafzai.
All of these accounts chilling as they are outrageous and extreme but nonetheless done in the name of the faith by the religious fanatical zealots,convinced that they do the bidding of their Almighty..
It is difficult to let a week pass by without some news of some horrific act commited in the name of the God of the Islamic faith from around the world.
Deeds commited by barbaric uncivilized mindsets that probably make up just a very small ratio of among the billion or so practitioners of Islam.
But the damage to the psyche of peace loving folk is done by a minority that will ripple across the globe. And again , the world community is up in arms ,heightening anti- Islam sentiments ,abhorring from the lack of understanding ,a religion that on one extreme champions compassion and tolerance but the other extreme screams murder and vengeance for alleged affront to their Holy prophets and insulting their Divine Being. With the latter extremist fanatical factions getting more dominant in exposure and publicity.
And what did Charlie Hebdo’s satirical magazine published that justified the brutal cold blooded slaying of the 12 people including 2 policemen in Paris.
Among the 12 who were massacred on the horrific bloodbath on a Wednesday noon were some of the most respected but controversial satirical cartoonists in France .
Charlie Hebdo has notoriety of being a Paris-based satirical magazine that irreverently and often lampoon religious symbols of all faiths.
Among the casualties was also the magazine editor Stephane "Charb" Charbonnier , who was gunned down by the hooded attackers with assault rifles ,as they burst in to the magazine’s office shouting "Allahu akbar," ,during an editorial meeting , as they opened fire, shooting everything in sight .
Cting witnesses ,Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins had told reporters.” The attackers said they have avenged the prophet” in French.
The dead included among them the most popular names of the provocative staff whose satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in recent years infuriated many Muslims and made the magazine a targeted place for retribution by extremist.
Charbonnier, the editor ,was as controversial as the magazine he oversaw. Often inflaming controversy for the lampooning of a variety of subjects, including Christianity and Islam.
This Paris-based weekly satirical publication, founded in 1970, achieved fame and notoriety for the daring risqué cartoons and insinuations of politicians, public figures and religious symbols of all faiths.
But it was the magazine’s acerbic depiction on Islam and the prophet that had generated the most vitriol and resentment .
Charlie Hebdo's mischievous satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in recent years have infuriated some Muslims and made it a target for retaliatory attack threats
A reputation for controversy and history of inciting fury of the Islamic extremist
A depiction of a bearded and turbaned cartoon figure of the Prophet Mohammed with a speech bubble saying, "100 lashes if you're not dying of laughter." The cartoon was interpreted as an attempt to make fun of Islamic law.
That satirical piece was due to be released as the cover on the Nov 2011 issue .
But on the same day Charlie Hebdo’s office was fire bombed and burned down.
Back in September 2012, amidst the global Muslim furor over the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims," the publication issued a feature with a cartoon depiction of a naked Mohammed.
And for more spice, on the cover cartoon is what seems to look like an orthodox Jew pushing Mohamed in a wheelchair.It stirred so much controversy and even dismayed French and American officials , and as precautionary measure , France had closed embassies and schools in about 20 countries temporarily.
Laurent Leger, a journalist at Charlie Hebdo during that time , defended the magazine. Stating that the cartoons were not intended to incite provocation of anger nor violence .
In an interview with BFM-TV in 2012. Leger said " The aim is to laugh .To laugh at the extremists -- every extremist. Muslim, Jewish, Catholic. Everyone can be religious, but thoughts and actions of the religious extremist, we cannot accept."
"In France, we always have the right to write and draw. And if some people are not happy with this, they can sue us and we can defend ourselves. That's democracy," Leger said. "
You don't throw bombs, you discuss, you debate. But you don't act violently. We have to stand and resist pressure from extremism."
Charlie Hebdo's last tweet before the deadly attack on Wednesday's, featured a cartoon of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seemingly sending out his wishes for the new year with the words "And, above all, health."
Charlie Hebdo is not the only only publication who ignited controversy in their depiction of Mohammed . Norwegian and Danish newspapers ,when they published Mohamad cartoons had also sparked furious demonstrations around the world in 2005.
There have been cartoonists who were were attacked in the fallout of that controversy. Death threats were made to Sweden's Lars Vilks after he had drawn Mohammed with the body of a dog.
Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard's house had an attempted break in , not long after he drew a turban shaped like a bomb worn by Mohamad.
Charbonnier told BFMTV in 2012."We do provocation; we've been doing provocation for 20 years , but it's being noticed only when we talked about Islam or this part of Islam which raises problems and which is a minority,"
On the fanatical religious extremist “One has to mock them using humor, disarm them with humor and not give them any credit. By taking them seriously and sending regiments of riot cops to hold them, one takes them seriously."
And they continued their tradition of irreverently cartooning about kings and Napoleon and everything.
They followed that tradition to an extreme."
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PARIS — The police have organized an enormous manhunt across Paris for three suspects they said were involved in a brazen and methodical slaughter at a satirical newspaper that had lampooned Islam.
Officials said late Wednesday that the suspects had been identified .
French news media have identified 2 as brothers , Said and Cherif Kouachi, 32 and 34, and another known as Hamyd Mourad, 18.
The reports said the brothers had been born in Paris, raising the alarming prospect that homegrown Muslim extremists may have been responsible for the slaughter of 12 victims at Charlie Hebdo's office