Charlie Hebdo fire bombed
Click on the title of this blog for a full report from the BBC on the attack. I am, I confess, a bit disappointed in NPR for not covering this story. This seems like news to me, even on a strong news day like today.
It is still unclear who the parties responsible for this fire-bombing are. There have been numerous threats toward the satirical paper (and many just before the attack via Twitter and Facebook). There is some suspicion that this fire bombing is in response to the focus of its latest satire, namely the "prophet" Mohammed, and elements of Islam. The whole issue was guest edited by Mohammed I guess. This is something special if you consider that he has been dead these many years. I don't intend to point any fingers here. We don't know who fire-bombed the offices of Charb. What I would like to do now though is provide the most eloquent defense of Free Speach, and Free Expression of which I am aware.