Examining Key Premises in the “Je Suis Charlie” Discourse

(This essay originally appeared on the website of the Saker, about a week after the event in question.) When I first saw the news about Charlie Hebdo, I concluded very quickly that it was some sort of staged event, a “false flag”. The basic story, that disgruntled Muslims had shown up in the middle of Paris with Kalashnikovs and a rocket propelled grenade launcher to settle their grievances towards some cartoonists struck me as something out of fantastical fiction. Once I saw the cheesy Hollywood B film dialogue — “Allahu…

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