Charlie Hebdo: This Attack Was Nothing To Do With Free Speech - It Was About War
10 January 2015
By Ahmed Abdullah
In less than an hour of the dreadful shooting of 12
people at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, the
politicians had already started to lie to their own
public. John Kerry, US Secretary of State, declared
that, "freedom of expression is not able to be killed
by this kind of act of terror.
"The media lapped it up - the attack was now spun as
an attack on ‘Freedom of Speech'. That cherished value
that the West holds so dear.
The British Government was so in love with it, that
they were passing laws that demanded nursery school
teachers spy on Muslim toddlers because they had too
much of it. Toddlers were ‘free' to speak their mind
as long as it agreed with UK Government policy.
A ‘free speech' machine. It looks for people who do
not have enough free speech and then gives them some
Still at least it was not as draconian as Western
Governments routine harassment of those they thought
spoke a bit too freely. Ask Moazzam Beg, the freed
Guantanamo Bay Detainee and human rights campaigner,
who was falsely accused of terrorism and imprisoned
for months, after flying back from Syria with damning
evidence of Britain's complicity in torture in the
.Or for that matter the Al-Jazeera journalist
Abdulelah Haider Shaye incarcerated in Yemen at the
behest of the America for reporting the wrong type of
They loved it so much, they kept spying on everyone,
tapping their phones and arresting them for not having
the right sort of it or worse , as Edward Snowden
found out - having the right sort of it.
Basically Muslims were FREE TO AGREE - that great
overarching cherished Western principle that Muslims
just didn't understand.
Embarrassingly even Charlie Hebdo, the magazine at the
centre of the controversy, those ‘champions of free
speech', sacked a journalist in 2009 for making
anti-Semitic comments. One rule for Muslims and
another for themselves.
The hypocrisy of French commentators took this absurd
lie to new heights. This year a French rapper will go
on trial for ‘insulting the French state'. Did you
hear about the global outcry over that? - me neither.
Attack the Prophet of the Muslims, OK - but the French
state - NO!
Backward Muslims - so intolerant
As usual there was no real depth in any of the
analysis in the media. The public were left in shock
and anger but without any real answers
The elites narrative was simple, a left-wing magazine,
had produced ‘satirical cartoons' about all religions
and politicians, some of them about the Prophet of
Islam - Only the Muslims took offence (subtext because
their backward barbaric religion was alien and
The argument sounded reasonable enough… if you lived
in a bubble on the land of middle class white guy -
sadly Muslims usually didn't have that luxury.