Charlie Hebdo has the right to utilize free speech. However, sane members of the general public should employ their rights to free speech to condemn Charlie Hebdo’s juvenile fetish for trivializing the death of Muslim children.
Charlie Hebdo will say they are actually making social commentary. Again, this is easy to test: Would they ever depict the death of French or American children in the same fashion? Of course not.
Thus, Charlie Hebdo’s true motive is to toy around with images of dead Muslim children. I’m sure they think they are being very clever by disguising it as social commentary, but their true motives are pretty clear.
The cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo will pretend they are being satirical, utilizing free speech, and representing the truly radical when the reality is that they are driven by Western elitist and imperialist motives. To say they are obedient to Western imperialist forces is an understatement when they are the type that try to ignite such fires when they are not even burning.
The ‘Je Suis Charlie’ movement was a complete farce and showed so many qualities of Western Devadom: being an excessive crybaby, blowing things out of proportion, putting on a grand display, simulating depth and sincerity, pretending to be a dissident while being squarely in line with elitist/imperialist agendas. Westerners involved in the movement behaved as if they were facing systematic oppression like the third estate of pre-revolutionary France. A single act of terrorism is not systematic oppression. If the French government were prohibiting free speech and using unjust violence to enforce such measures, that would count as systematic oppression and rebellion against such would constitute real defiance and rebellion. However, when the Western political elite (who have more blood on their hands than any independent terrorists) are willing to join the Paris march, what great oppressive monster are people truly standing up to? What bravery is there marching behind those who use the most advanced military weapons to slaughter and subdue the rest of the planet?
The cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo seem to love depicting the death of Muslims. They will make up excuses that they are actually pointing out religious hypocrisy or making a social critique. In my opinion, they are merely finding excuses to justify their juvenile desire to depict the death of Muslims as something trivial.
They are first and foremost trying to trivialize the death of Muslims to serve an imperialist agenda. It’s a form of propaganda. The cartoonists are fully aware that they are sending a subliminal message that Middle Eastern lives are expendable. However, they will then add extra accessories to the images to make it look like they are doing some type of social critique.
It’s easy to figure out whether or not such things are a tool for Western imperialism or not. One merely needs to ask: “Would these cartoonists ever depict French or American children in the same fashion?”