Environment Of Terror – 75% Would Not Publicly Post Mahomed Caricatures With Their Name, Address

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Last week the beheading of a French school teacher by an Islamic terrorist in broad daylight shocked the world. Barbaric attacks on free speech and the exchange of ideas are taking place in Europe. Similar acts have occurred in other western countries in recent years.

The grisly death of the French teacher sends a clear message: Western citizens cannot feel safe expressing their views, not even at home – on their very own soil. Our governments have failed.

At Twitter I started an unofficial small survey, below, to get an idea of the extent of fear people harbor when it comes to expressing controversial views. According to Google Analytics, the vast majority of the readers at this site reside in Europe and North America.

The results, though not representative, are somewhat shocking. 75% say they would not post the Mahomed caricatures together with their name and address because they fear retaliation. This, in their home countries.

The terrorists have won the first battle in Europe

This tells us the terrorists are indeed winning and that our governments are failing to provide us with a sense of security when it comes to expressing views on controversial topics that need to be openly discussed.

Though the French police are clamping down hard on the radicals behind the heinous crime, citizens will remain convinced that free speech on particular topics is no longer safe and that the governments are unable to protect us.

Western citizens now believe that radical elements exist among us and that our governments have failed to keep them out and unable to do anything about until after tragedy happens. Radicalism has been allowed to stream through our borders and now it here terrorizing us. It’s here and it’s not going to go away. Our governments have absolutely no concept on how to uproot it. Now 75% are afraid to speak up publicly. How sad.

Freedom of expression and open discussion has already lost the first battle.

Additional reading (in German): www.spiegel.de




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13 responses to “Environment Of Terror – 7513 Would Not Publicly Post Mahomed Caricatures With Their Name, Address”

  1. Kurt in Switzerland

    Hi Pierre,

    This is an important topic.

    Would you post Mohammed Caricatures on your website? In your front yard?
    Perhaps we need leaders who aren’t afraid to stand up to intimidation and actively promote free speech.

    What a novel concept.

  2. James Walter

    Actually, flooding them is the answer. If every newspaper, magazine, TV network, TV station, Youtube channel, Facebook, Twitter user posted them, the terrorists masquerading as Muslims would be overwhelmed.

  3. John F Hultquist

    Western citizens now believe that radical elements exist among us and that our governments have failed to keep them out and unable to do anything about until after tragedy happens.

    There are two issues in this statement:
    First, governments have failed to keep them out.
    This is true but varies by country. France seems to be at the top of this list, although maybe elsewhere locals learned a few years ago how not to provoke radical elements.
    Second, it is generally, but not always, the case that police investigate and clean up after the fact. In the current French case police action followed, and now government actions follow. Not the same thing.

    Will governments attempt to deal with the issue in a long term manner, or is the French response a one-off, soon to fade?

  4. Aussie

    A slightly off topic observation. I was talking with my neighbour and the topic of the upcoming state election came up. I mentioned something in my capacity as a member of a conservative party.

    His reaction was familiar. He then told me he was glad that he was able to speak frankly with a person with similar views. He said that these days he is very reluctant to declare his views.

    Of course to those here this will be nothing new – but why do we have this awful situation? Members of the Labour party feel quite free to announce their allegiance yet a conservative pipes up and is attacked or shamed. I myself and other friends have had nasty situations where we are the victim of unprovoked slander and innuendo based on political views, or even the suspicion of political views. The press is full of it too.

    The Left are attempting to prevent any view but theirs to be spoken of. As are the Muslims here who attempt to silence or kill any who they believe have slandered the Prophet. Or even those in the Middle East who’s only “crime” is to be a Christian.

    The divide and conquer method of the Left is succeeding. Unless we all start speaking out clearly then our civilisation is finished.

  5. tom0mason

    There are many pictures of Muhammad at Wikipedia …

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depictions_of_Muhammad#Figurative_visual_depictions

    Historically he has often been depicted, it is only when the less tolerant ‘supplemental teachings'(hadith) were incorporated into teaching Islam that it all changed.

    From wiki “The Quran does not explicitly forbid images of Muhammad, but there are a few hadith (supplemental teachings) that have explicitly prohibited Muslims from creating visual depictions of figures.[3]”
    and
    “The Muslim artists creating images of Muhammad, and the public who beheld them, understood that the images were not objects of worship. Nor were the objects so decorated used as part of religious worship”.[5]”

  6. bonbon

    I suppose no one here ever heard of Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum, as then reported by Counterpunch, supplied the original caricatures to Denmark’s Jyllands Posten in 2006, which Charlie Hebdo after France Soir published. From Pipes to Spencer of Jihad Watch, Ranadolph Foundation and MEMRI leads straight to the CFR, Council for Foreign Relations, the sister of the Britain’s RIIA, Chatham House.

    It sure looks like the actors were profiled.

    Doing Chatham House’s bidding is not very new in France.

    1. Yonason

      “…as then reported by Counterpunch…” – bonbon

      Counterpuch is a mouthpiece of our enemies.

      Please tell me you aren’t getting your information from them.

      MEMRI is one of the few sources that tell the truth about the war of radical islamists and leftists against civilization.

      But maybe that’s what you meant, as well? It’s kind of hard to follow you at times.

  7. Yonason
  8. Yonason

    A Partial History Of The Cartoons Hysteria

    The initial cartoons were published in an Egyptian paper 4 or 5 months prior to the controversy, which was started by some Danish Imams who added a couple of photo. One was poorly drawn and probably by one of them, and another was one of a Frenchman wearing a pig snout that had nothing whatever to do with Islam. I.e., the Imams lied. Prior to that, there was no outrage.

    Here are some links on the topic…

    http://freedomforegyptians.blogspot.com/2006/02/cartoons-were-published-five-months.html

    http://freedomforegyptians.blogspot.com/2006/02/cartoons-were-published-five-months.html

    https://fallbackbelmont.blogspot.com/2006/02/past-as-prologue.html
    (NOTE – the first link there is best available through Wayback, here

    So, the chaos was initiated by a few bad apples, and propagated by a few more, who were able to con governments into thinking those radical were representative of the majority. Just another proof that those who govern us aren’t our brightest or our best.

  9. Yonason

    Oops. One link duplicated above. Should have been this one…
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2006/02/danish-imam-who-faked-cartoons-linked-to-terror-cheered-9-11/

    See also here.
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/08/radical-danish-imam-now-says-newspaper-had-right-to-publish-mohammad-cartoons/

    With the radical Islamists, clueless government officials and media buffoons, no wonder there’s so much trouble in the world.

  10. John F Hultquist

    Pierre,
    You wrote:
    “Personally I wouldn’t do it because I believe as a whole that religions should be respected.”

    Willis Eschenbach often posts on WUWT, but also has his own blog. He calls it “Skating Under the Ice”
    Below is a link to his March 10, 2017 essay titled “The Problem With Islam.” It is an interesting discussion.

    https://rosebyanyothernameblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/the-problem-with-islam/

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