1. “Slaughter and satire: Understanding what Charlie Hebdo really stood for.” Yes, the Paris attack was a direct assault on freedom—and it must not be used as a justification for tyranny.
“Charlie Hebdo is not an anti-Islamic publication, at least not as such. You could say it’s an anti-Islamic, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-American, anti-nationalist, anti-capitalist and anti-militarist publication. It has long been committed to outraging true believers of all stripes; if it hasn’t gotten around to being anti-Buddhist, that’s only because that has not seemed necessary. Many people in France would have described it as being anti-French, at least until Wednesday. So when we encounter a shameful spectacle like that of Financial Times editor and columnist Tony Barber castigating Charlie Hebdo for ’just being stupid,’ and suggesting that ’editorial foolishness’ invited disaster, we need to consider the source. Charlie was—and still is, let us hope—an implacable enemy of the complacent, Armani-suited global capitalist order that the Financial Times represents, an order eager to do business with the repressive despots and oil tycoons of the Muslim world and correspondingly eager to avoid giving offense. (The FT has since published a revised version of Barber’s column, with the ire rendered more diplomatic.)”