A triumph of terrorism
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.
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 care whom they maimed or killed, the attack on Charlie Hebdo by the Kouachi brothers was purposeful and targeted terrorism.
And 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.
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 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, it was not the right to publish that provoked the slaughter, but the content of what was published.
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.
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. Are we all supposed to march in solidarity with that?
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: Insult our faith, mock the Prophet and we kill you.
An awakening Islamic world 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.
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 Syria or Iraq. Do as we did; shock and awe your enemies right inside the belly of the beast.
Pat Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”