Charlie Hebdo’s Stéphane Charbonnier: “I prefer to die standing than living on my knees.”

(Daily Mail) Four of France’s most revered cartoonists – Stephane Charbonnier, Georges Wolinski, Bernard ‘Tignous’ Verlhac and Jean Cabut – were among 12 people executed by masked gunmen in Paris today at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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Two masked men brandishing Kalashnikovs burst into the magazine’s headquarters this morning, opening fire on staff, also shooting dead contributor Bernard Maris, 68.

Police officers were involved in a gunfight with the ‘calm and highly disciplined men’, who escaped in a hijacked car, speeding away towards east Paris. They remain on the loose, along with a third armed man. (read more)

In 2012 – After receiving death threats in response to offensive cartoons he had published, cartoonist Stephane Charbonnier said the following:

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“I am not afraid of retaliation. I have no kids, no wife, no car, no mortgage. It perhaps sounds a bit pompous, but I prefer to die standing than living on my knees.”

obama hornsStanding with the Islamists as the political winds shift, and being true to his 2008 campaign pledge, President Obama releases a statement fraught with obfuscation as the words Islam, Muslim, Extremist, Islamic terrorism and Jihad notably absent:

I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time. France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world.

Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended. France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers. We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my Administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice.

My Response:

"Hey Islam"

“Hey Islam”

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67 Responses to Charlie Hebdo’s Stéphane Charbonnier: “I prefer to die standing than living on my knees.”

  1. ZurichMike says:

    Horrifying and barbaric as this is, nothing will be done substantively. Maybe a sternly written letter. Maybe some call for a group hug and more “understanding”.

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    • Josh says:

      Exactly, and therein lies the problem – “…nothing will be done substantively”

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Listened to my local Fox station – they were telling us how ‘two of the gunmen were French and a third was of an unknown nationality’ and how they ‘spoke fluent French’ and how they praised Allah in French and not Arabic. Well, that certainly makes me wonder if the cause of this all wasn’t some dispute between Hebo and their sommelier. Can’t wait to have the French government say the assassins planned this to make the Muslims look bad. Let’s just toss this into the laps of the EU so that they can figure some way to appease the aggrieved and oppressed Islamics.

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      • whodoneit says:

        They spoke fluent French because they ARE French – the two brothers being French nationalists who were BORN in France to Algerian Muslim immigrants. So there’s no reason why they wouldn’t speak the French language perfectly. And in the video, you can clearly hear them yell “Allah Akbar” – and that ain’t French – that’s Arabic. But who the hell cares what nationality they are. The fact is that they are Muslim terrorists – period.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Yes, but I was trying to get across the contortions the MSM was going through to avoid the ‘Muslim’ label. If these clowns were French Communists/Revolutionaries shooting/blowing things up as they did in the 60s I could see it, their goals were French. These clowns were Islamics living in France fighting for Islamic goals and awaiting the Ummah. I object to painstakingly using the nationality to cover the religious implications of the crime.

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    • arlzona says:

      The problem is the lack of outcry from within the Muslim community. That’s how change is born.

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    • GracieD says:

      Sadly, you’re right, ZM! I am left wondering when will it be “enough” to make people stand up and say “no more”?

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  2. dizzymissl says:

    It is strange that he had a bodyguard considering he said this:

    “I am not afraid of retaliation. I have no kids, no wife, no car, no mortgage. It perhaps sounds a bit pompous, but I prefer to die standing than living on my knees.”

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    • stella says:

      He didn’t give up on his convictions. That doesn’t mean that he should not have attempted to protect himself.

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      • dizzymissl says:

        I’m glad he didn’t stop with the cartoons, but I just don’t understand the bodyguard considering that he made that statement.

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        • stella says:

          There is a difference between saying that you are not afraid of retaliation, and trying to protect yourself from that retaliation. That is just common sense, not fear. There is no conflict there at all.

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        • lineman says:

          Surely you jest right…What don’t you understand about him saying he wouldn’t submit to Islam telling him what he could write… He can’t carry a gun over there so he did what he could for his protection by hiring a bodyguard ..If they did get past the bodyguard then he wouldn’t be leaving behind anyone who relied on him…

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        • MrRight says:

          Simple. He was not suicidal.

          In other words, he knew publishing satire could have him killed, but even so he would continue to exersice his freedom of speech.

          Not having protection would be stupid, look at the other Muslim murders that happen, he knew he was a marked man. You can find mulsim poster with his name and face with “wanted dead”

          He also had a protected work place, but the killers took a woman and her daughter hostage , with thread of killing the child, to get the code to enter.

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  3. jello333 says:

    When you have to resort to threats (and in some cases actual violence) to get people to “honor and respect” your beliefs or your “cause”, then that should really tell you something. Like maybe… that your beliefs and your “cause” are a JOKE?! Hmm…

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    • stella says:

      Unfortunately, they don’t think the way that we do, gentle jello.

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    • Very true, Jello. How absurd is it that they feel the need to resort to threats and violence to make people respect their beautiful “religion of peace.” Wow.

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      • jello333 says:

        Way back when, it wasn’t out of the ordinary for members of various religions to resort to “punishing” other non-believers. Lot of people still seemed to think OT type vengeance and “laws” were the way to go. But that was LONG ago, and most other people have LONG since (as in hundreds of years ago) stopped the idiocy. But for some reason many muslims seem stuck in the 16th century. Even if there was EVER an excuse back hundreds of years ago…. there sure ain’t NOW!

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  4. Be Ge says:

    Rest in peace, victims of commie-enabled Islamist terror.

    Gotta love the statement of one guy named Barry, whose family tree includes an ardent African Islamist, a commie son of the above islamist who met a commie-leaning woman (and future wife and mother of Barry) in an American university while studying Russian language and Marxism-Leninism. No wonder there can be no criticism of either the leftyists or the islamists coming from Barry.

    Europe is apparently up to committing suicide by taking part in what is called jihad against the infidels by the hands of the infidels. With people like Barry — the United States is not far behind. I am wondering how long it takes before local islamists will explicitly call their welfare a Jihad check, something that has already happened in Europe.

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  5. John says:

    You better believe the rise of the Islamic State world-wide is a game-changer.

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  6. peppie says:

    Viva le French cartoonist! How can the powers that be hitch their wagons to these barbarian? Oh yeah, order out of chaos, I almost forgot.

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  7. Sharon says:

    obama has yet to make any comment about the police officers gunned down in New York and obviously he was never going to. I wonder why he felt compelled to comment in this situation, considering that since political winds have indeed turned we should believe that he stands with Islam. That is what he said he would do.

    Note what B. Hussein Obama says in his own words…from his book…entitled “Dreams of My Father” …

    … “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” The quote comes from page 261 of the paperback edition of “The Audacity of Hope.

    http://www.conservativecrusader.com/articles/b-hussein-obama-i-will-stand-with-the-muslims

    Oh, well. Maybe it’s a quid pro quo of some kind with the French govt accompanied by agreement from the Islamists not to be offended by his claim to be bothered by what they did.

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  8. stella says:

    Discourse and Destruction
    Comparing reactions to Paris, New York and Tucson.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/discourse-and-destruction-1420666638

    In September 2012 [U.S. officials] criticized its decision to go ahead and publish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

    “We don’t question the right of something like this to be published. We just question the judgment behind the decision to publish it,” then White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

    Carney was speaking at a time of heightened tension when US embassies in the Muslim world had come under attack by locals angered by the portrayal of their religion in Western media.

    Also in September 2012, as the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway recalls, the president of the United States addressed the United Nations General Assembly. He declared (in a speech that, as she puts it, “includes some good commentary and more indefensible commentary”): “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

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    • jello333 says:

      A lot of Christians here at the Treehouse. But somehow I don’t think ANY of them would ever think of threatening (let alone acting on that threat) against anyone for slandering/libeling/mocking God, Jesus, etc.

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      • lineman says:

        Nope we would ask God to help them see the light and if they didn’t pray that he would have mercy on their souls…We have a strong God that we ask for help they on the other hand have a weak God that they have to do everything for…

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      • aliashubbatch says:

        I’ve seen satire of Jesus doing numerous things that are clearly an affront to His character, yet I never see His followers kill anyone over it. And I can assure you, the satire of Jesus is far worse/vile than what practically nonexistent satire there is of Moe.

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  9. MrRight says:

    This is not an attack on French but an attack on the entire world.

    I’m more than impressed that the CTH was brave in posting some of charlie hebdo covers.

    We should all post their works as a sign of solidarity. My favorite one is mohamed with his head down in shame , moaning about how so many moron believe in him…

    Amazingly I was one block away on Sunday, so this area is fresh in my mind.
    I can say that France is gone… Many time I was the minority. People praying in the street,
    Old french Churches destroyed, while new mosques up at an incredible rates. Over 2500 so far.
    No money from the goverment to keep those hundreds year old churches, but plenty of money from the saudies to build mosques…

    There is close to 7 million muslim in this small country, often in concentrated area making many area of Paris look like north africa.

    And the first of 2015 , over 900 cars where torched… People rejoiced because the young Arabs usually burn over 1000 , with no punishment.

    let’s do all it takes not to have this cancer take root in the us…

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  10. Wizzum says:

    The thing that really has my ire right now is that if this were the work of any other religion, the world or national leaders of that religion would be the first out there, condemning the barbarism in the name of their god.
    There hasn’t been a peep out of any muslims that I have heard, which, to me says that they either approve the actions or are too scared to speak out. Either way I have no respect for them or their religion of hate.

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  11. labrat says:

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/3975939472001/obama-calls-paris-terror-attack-a-cowardly-evil-act/?#sp=show-clips

    I cringed when I saw this, could he muster up more tepid outrage? He nauseates me.

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  12. MrRight says:

    Sundance, again, bravo and respect for your well fitting response.

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  13. BertDilbert says:

    The anger should go out to French politicians and Euro policy that keep letting them come into the country. It is already known how Muslims behave towards free speech. Perhaps the politicians require Muslims to infest the country in order to keep the population hating each other as a means of distracting away from the failures of the political class.

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  14. stella says:

    CHARLIE HEBDO KILLERS IDENTIFIED – Brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, and Hamyd Mourad

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-killers-identified-brothers-said-and-cherif-kouachi-and-hamyd-mourad/

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    • Ya think? I can’t say I blame those unarmed Paris police. Wow.

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      • stella says:

        Apparently the police have the option to carry guns, but many opt not to carry. Crazy.

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        • Yes, it is. I cannot imagine, as a LEO, opting to not carry a weapon. Of course, it is Europe.

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        • ytz4mee says:

          Not exactly. The standard issue side arm for the National (Civilian) Police (formerly La Sûreté) is a customised version of the Sig Sauer Pro. The other main police force, la Gendarmerie, is armed.

          In the small french village we lived in about 1 hr from Paris, by convention, the local civilian police were unarmed but the local detachment of the Gendarmerie were. The local civilian police handled things like traffic tickets, minor offenses, etc. You knew it was big trouble when the Gendarmerie got involved. Our hostess was Quebecois who moved to France after marrying a French national and explained the differences to us, comparing the set up to the lines of authority between the RCMP, the provincial (state) police and local police, etc.

          Paris is similar. The bicycle police would be dealing with issues that typically don’t require a sidearm. In any event, they would have been badly outgunned even if they had the standard issue Sig.

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    • freepetta says:

      Gotta love that liberal law enforcement.

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  15. freepetta says:

    The liberal politicians relax immigration standards creating an atmosphere of danger, changing the components of society which gives a country their identity. Then when the terrorists become what they are, you are all surprised? This is just the beginning folks, between 0bama and the other liberals world wide, it’s just a matter of time till this terror is a daily occurrence.

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  16. whuptdue says:

    French authorities have arrested three suspects …so far. Should there be more arrests?

    Back in Nov. 2011 the Hebdo publishing house in Paris was firebombed by jihadis.

    After re-establishing the publishing house at undisclosed location with increased security, in 2012 Hebdo decided to print another controversial cartoon series but this time the enterprise was guarded by riot police as it planned to release new satirical images.

    A couple of months later, Hebdo decided to run a non-provocative ‘halal’ cartoon version of the history of founder of Islam.

    The reason I bring these links up is because Hebdo had increased security measures which were aided by French authorities.

    This attack was planned to take place during an editorial meeting where specific targeted individuals would be in attendance. That type of information would only be provided by those trusted to know these details.

    Yes, three have been three arrested …so far. Who betrayed these victims to enable today’s jihad?

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  17. Roy says:

    Global governments invited Islam into their countries. Scandinavia, Europe, US.

    I don’t like to think darkly, but I believe Muslims are/will be used by global elites for global genocide, or at least that’s their plan. Muslims do not have any intention of assimilating. Their purpose is submission, slavery, and death of Euro and White citizens. One of those Muslims is occupying our White House and many, many more are in high government position. Mosques, under the disingenuous name of Islamic Center are popping up all over the USA, cities and small towns.
    However, they cannot act if the American people are not disarmed. I will vote for NO candidate who doesn’t have a strong record of supporting the Second Amendment.

    Obama’s response was nothing unexpected. I am disgusted newspapers and magazines across the world did not act in solidarity and publish the cartoons. Bravo to this blog. I hope your strong stand is repeated across the Internet.

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  18. archer52 says:

    Nice sentiment. Would have been better had he said it while tucking a Springfield XDS 9mm in his belt. Dying over principle is far less attractive then killing the other guy over his principles.

    But it is France, and even the police don’t carry guns.

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  19. yankeeintx says:

    Je suis Charlie , Nous sommes Charlie !

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  20. sloth1963 says:

    Do we need any more evidence the satirists aim was true?

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  21. whodoneit says:

    The glaring fact that the Islamic element is destructive and deadly can not be ignored. And those who choose to continue their ignorance will do so to their own peril. What has happened in Paris is an extremely obvious example. The victims of still another vicious “Islamic” attack are a group of individuals who have been publishing a satirical paper humorously mocking everything under the sun – politicians, nationalities, countries, city dwellers, country dwellers, women, men, Christians, Jews, atheists and Muslims. Oops! – Muslims.

    Have any of the other mentioned groups dressed in black and gone on a murderous rampage against innocent people who dared to poke fun? Of course not. Did Islam? Of course. And for some insane reason – it’s practically become “accepted” among the gutless, enabling PC crowd that mindlessly insist on leading us all into suicidal oblivion. It’s far past due time to aggressively eradicate those who are hell bent on eradicating us. And we can start by calling a spade a spade. Duh!

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    • whodoneit says:

      Sorry – but just one more point. Those law abiding, God loving and decent Muslims who remain silent while others of their “faith” commit inhumane atrocities in the name of Islam need to speak up loud and clear against it – as it is a negative reflection on them if they don’t.

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  22. canadacan says:

    In my personal opinion Islam is more of a political agenda than it is a religion ..There I said it.

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  23. Yossarian says:

    L’ass Pompous has it wrong, as the injured cop fund out.

    It’s better to live on your feet than die on your knees

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  24. Dont Lie to us says:

    If Muhammed is a true prophet like they claim can he or his Allah fight for him?

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