Charlie Hebdo Slaughter: The World Unites Against Extremism

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

The world stood in solidarity with the 12 journalists, from the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, executed yesterday as three Islamic terrorists charged the Paris headquarters known for its offensive and humorous caricatures of extremists’ leaders.

 

In the wake of the carnage, 12 including the majority of the editorial staff would be murdered. 11 others were wounded in the brazen early morning attack carried out by military trained jihadists who remained calm throughout the five minute execution that ended with a police officer murdered in cold blood on the street.

Charlie Hebdo Editor Stephane Charbonnier,  47, known by his pen name Charb, had been the target of death threats in the past and was accompanied by a police escort, Franck Brinsolaro, 49, who was stationed inside the offices. Both were executed.

According to witnesses, who credit their survival by hiding under desks, said the men screamed the editors name and the two were the first massacred.

Over the next four minutes four of the nation’s best cartoonists, Jean ‘Cabu’ Cabut, Bernard 'Tignous’ Verlhac, Philippe Honore, Georges Wolinski and six others including Mustapha Ourrad, Michel Renaud, Elsa Cayat, 54, police officer, Ahmed Merabet, who happened on the scene, and economist Bernard Maris, the magazines Deputy Editor, and a building maintenance worker, Frederic Boisseau, 42, would be systemically murdered in the attack.

After the murder of Charbonnier and his police escort, which appears to be an assassination, the scene appeared more random without specific assassination targets.

Names of the wounded have not been released. Pictures of the offices have been circulated and reveal terror and a chaotic bloodbath with pools and splatter throughout the hallway and main office.

The suspects, one of which has been arrested after he turned himself into to local authorities, were videotaped from a patio above the street which captured the Black Citroen C3, waiting with doors open, in the middle of Boulevard Richard Louis, in the 11th arrondisement section of Paris. The shooters, extremely proficient, were brandishing Russian Kalashnikov automatic weapons and a rocket launcher.

The owner of the tape, who refused to be identified, fearing for his safety, indicated he thought, until he saw the execution of the wounded police officer, the men were members of the French elite terror squad.

The footage which has been widely released shows the shooters, calmly, without any concern, shouting “Allahu akbar” (God is great) and “We’ve avenged the prophet” and then casually getting into the car, picking up a sneaker that had fallen from inside and driving away. The two shooters are believed to be brothers.

The two, Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi were immediately recognized moments after the attacks after they ditched the car and hijacked another. Leaving the metropolitan area, the two headed north and robbed a service station. Police are on high alert.

In the 24 hours since the worst terror attack on French soil in more than two decades, the citizens known for passion have mobilized the world against tyranny and terrorism.

The poignant pictures of mass gatherings, weeping journalists, thousands from every nations, holding pens, and signs in French “Je Suis Charlie” which translates to “I am Charlie” as the world stands united against the assault on free speech, freedom of the press and terrorism in all its forms.

Charbonnier said after the 2012 bombing of the offices, "I am not afraid of retaliation. I have no kids, no wife, no car, no credit. It perhaps sounds a bit pompous, but I prefer to die standing than living on my knees."

The assault on freedoms continues and the encroachment tolerated as citizens and leaders are concerned about offending the zealot or setting off a powder keg of hate. Well respected and known news agencies including the New York Times and the Associated Press refused to use the Charlie Hebdo caricatures. Cowering, caving or negotiating with terrorists is not free.

Murder for the written word and for the poor taste lampoon is offensive.  Freedom is our inherent right, losing it we, as society, lose our very life. Living in a more secure society, is the exchange to remain free. The press must remain free; and society must increase security.

The magazines attorney Richard Malka has confirmed the next edition of Charlie Hebdo would run next Wednesday and print 1million copies instead of the normal 60,000. The weekly readership usually ran closer to 45,000.

 

Haute Tease

Crime

  • Breaking: Judge Orders All Cash Bonds on New Mexico Child Killers

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    In the first court appearance since their arrest on the murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens, a New Mexico Judge has ordered bond set on all three at 1M all cash for Michelle Marten, Fabian Gonzales and Jessica Kelly.

     
  • Homicide Ruling in Staten Island Choke Victim Case

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The death of Eric Garner, 43, the Staten Island father of two choked to death by New York Police Officers after being detained on a city street, has been ruled a homicide by the New York City Medical Examiner.

     
  • Murder Suspect James DiMaggio Killed in FBI Shootout

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    James Lee DiMaggio, the man suspected of kidnapping Hannah Anderson and murdering her mother and brother has been killed in a shootout with law enforcement officers in the Cascade Mountains of Idaho.

     
  • Kayaker Body Found Identified as Missing Fiance

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Murdered kayaker Vincent Viafore, reported missing by Angelika Graswald, his fiancee, has been found in the murky waters of the Hudson River where he was last seen in early April as the two enjoyed a recreational boating trip.

     
  • Boston Bomber Found Guilty; Sentencing to Follow

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon Bomber, was found guilty of homegrown terrorism and other crimes after a month long trial where the theory of mental coercion by the defendant’s brother was introduced. His guilty verdict deems him death penalty eligible.

Theatre, Music, Books

  • HL Artist Interview: Joshua Haupt, the Steve Jobs of Marijuana, Talks Epilepsy, The Cost of Weed Knowledge and The Burning Debate

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    While the debate rages over medicinal marijuana in conservative states, one young man in Colorado is moving forward, with a mission. Undeterred by the challenges Joshua Haupt has partnered with several major consumer goods giants to introduce cannabis as an alternative treatment.   

     
  • LA Lakers Great Tommy Hawkins Pens Reflections from the Soul

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Tommy Hawkins, former Los Angeles Lakers legend who helped shape the dynasty of today, recently launched his first ever narrative book of poetry.

     
  • Celebrities Pay Tribute to Jerry and Elaine Orbach During Launch of Remember How I Love You

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Celebrities, family and friends of the late Jerry and Elaine Orbach gathered recently, at The Snapple Theater Center in Manhattan’s Theater District, to honor them with readings from their newly released book, “Remember How I Love You - Love Letters From An Extraordinary Marriage.”

     
  • Proverb: A Story of the Second Civil War – Finish The Summer with A Real Political Thriller

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Proverb: A Story of the Second Civil War, a novel by Brian McCracken, the first volume of a trilogy,  is the story of family, loyalty to country, changing times and the damage, devastation and alienation polarized thinking produces.

     
  • The Fifth Letter Review - Page Turning Legal Thriller

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Fifth Letter, a novel by research scholar Dr. Vivian Carpenter, introduces Katherine Helena Ross, the first black female Supreme Court justice caught between her conscience and political expedience when forced to consider the most important question facing the U.S. Supreme Court today: Who is a person with inalienable rights?