But as a Twitter friend of mine said,
The pen might be mightier than the sword, but the sword needs to get a god-damn sense of humor. #JeSuisCharlie
— Blue Girl (@BGinKC) January 8, 2015
Of course, editorial cartoonists around the world picked up their pens to “fight” back. Here are a few that jumped out at me:
There are a lot more here, all the product of the artists’ personal stories rather than their usual subjects in the news. This is about them. And that’s what makes these drawings so poignant.
As for the cartoons that inspired the terrorists to kill, some may find them offensive. What’s offensive to one is funny to another. It’s in the eye of the beholder. The problem with these misguided zealots is that they think that their beliefs apply to everyone and that their religious freedom only exists by denying others of their beliefs. Kind of like Hobby Lobby and the religious right here.
Vox has a great roundup of some of Charlie Hebdo‘s most iconic covers and its history, which you should read here.
But as I’ve read article after article today about the American TV networks and cable channels that won’t show any of those cartoons, I’m ever more determined to post some of them here. So, click over and read the article, but first check out a few of the covers that may offend not only Muslims but people of all faiths…
Sadly, the zealots don’t seem to get that all are fair game. Instead, they fight back against images like this one, that tells us “Love is stronger than hate” by hating… and killing.
(Interestingly enough, MSNBC did NOT post this clip. I had to find it on YouTube, uploaded by someone else. Hmmm)
Meanwhile, in Boston, jury selection has begun in the Boston Marathon Bombing trial. Russ Baker of WhoWhatWhy.com has been questioning the official story we’ve been told, as the investigative journalists they are. Their ongoing coverage is here.
Russ joined me this morning to talk about the latest on that case and, as we watch events in Paris unfold, talk about the Bush family’s involvement in 911, the 26 secret pages from the official 911 commission report, and his book on the Bush family history, Family of Secrets.
Tomorrow, we’ll wrap up the week with more news, comment, and information, a musical blast from the past, and a new conversation with the legendary Graham Nash… radio or not!