Charlie Hebdo’s film critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret said: “Comparing this Pamela Geller thing and Charlie Hebdo is nonsense. It’s an anti-Islamic movement, and she said it’s an anti-Islamic movement, fighting against what she called the Islamization of the U.S. Maybe there is just one thing in common: You can’t mess with Texas, you can’t mess with Charlie Hebdo.”
He was wrong. You can mess with Charlie Hebdo. They submitted. They promised the world, the Muslim world, they would never draw Muhammad again. It was all so ghastly. And then after we were shot at, they insulted us — were they sorry we survived?
And now, as we approach the one-year anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo jihad slaughter, the editor of the now-subjugated magazine has made an extraordinarily vicious and ugly statement. “No one questions when Jews are killed,” said Biard. “We are so used to Jews being killed because they are Jewish. This is an error, and not just on a human level. Because it’s the executioner who decides who is Jewish. Nov. 13 was the proof of that. On that day, the executioner showed us that he had decided we were all Jewish.”
I find that deeply offensive and grotesque.
I think I understand what Biard was trying to say — actually, a variation on #JeSuisCharlie — and I’m going to handicap for translation. However, I’m not Jewish so if I were, I might read those remarks differently.
Anyhow, echoing what I wrote here, Pamela concludes:
Charlie Hebdo was once one of the foremost champions of freedom in the entire world. But now its surrender is complete. Biard should shut it down, before he does more offense to the memory of his colleagues who died for principles he does not have the courage to defend.