As I reported in ‘O Brother(s), Where Art Thou?‘ the front pages were ablaze with the brutality of men wielding Kalashnikovs. Our Western leaders held up their torches of righteousness and spoke about the preservation of free speech. But where was the outrage and condemnation when the West decimated countries and killed over a million people?
As John Hilley writes at informationclearinghouse, “The mark of a truly courageous media is not its willingness to reproduce more caustic cartoons or proclaim defiant words of solidarity with Charlie Hebdo. It’s that media’s readiness to condemn and indict the ‘civilising’ politicians and states responsible for even greater acts of barbarous violence“. Full article here
Many cartoons emerged after the attack – demonstrating that terrorism will not silence the ‘pens’. A selection can be seen here. However, I have adapted the cartoon by ‘Ruben L’ below (where he had a plane flying into 2 pencils). I just added the corrections to the event.