The horrible murders in Paris today are beyond belief.
The French journalists who held up signs “Je Suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) absolutely did the right thing, identifying with their murdered collegues.
But the spectacle of this heart-felt tribute becoming just another “hash tag” on so-called social media.
I hope the killers are soon caught.It is in the best interests of the large Muslim community in France.
I think its possible to condemn these murders and be uneasy about the large number of Muslims who are killed on a daily basis in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Mali, Algeria, Libya, Pakistan etc. Many of course innocent and at the hands of fellow Muslims. And many innocent at the hands of “The West”.
Is it simply a matter of Freedom of Speech (unfunny cartoons) and Political Correctness (avoiding offending the Muslim population).
It is not a simple choice.
“Political Correctness” is a debased term.
But it should be possible to exercise Freedom of Speech AND have good manners.
Lets be frank here.
There are a lot of factors. There is a post-imperialist legacy and the Muslim minorities and social exclusion in France and Britain means those old imperial powers are no longer homogenous societies.
Journalists love stories about Journalists. Especially anything that makes them look heroic. So the Media will fall over the selves to associate themselves with the French journos.
Nobody will ask hard questions about forefign policy.
And nobody will be reflecting that the “West” is very selective about the despots in the Middle East. Some are allies. Some are enemies.
“Je Suis Charlie” only disguises the Hypocrisy.