Je suis Charlie

Mon amis, cést tragique. Debout avec moi. Pas de terreur!

Mohammed, along with Buraq and Gabriel, visit Hell, and see a demon punishing “shameless women” who had exposed their hair to strangers. For this crime of inciting lust in men, the women are strung up by their hair and burned for eternity. Persian, 15th century
Mahommed the Bomb
The cartoon that triggered the initial violence against Charlie Hebdo
Translation: “It is a judicial error! I am Mahomet, the prophet!” And St. Peter replies “Definitely guilty!”

If you would like, the archive of images of Mohammed can be found here. Don’t let this go unchallenged. We will not be silenced by the actions of a few savage barbarians, and all we can do is to make sure the deaths are not in vain. Tear off the muzzles and make it clear they cannot cow us with threats or shed blood. Je suis Charlie! 

The People

“Whether the State can loose and bind
In Heaven as well as on Earth:
If it be wiser to kill mankind
Before or after the birth–
These are matters of high concern
Where State-kept schoolmen are;
But Holy State (we have lived to learn)
Endeth in Holy War.

“Whether The People be led by The Lord,
Or lured by the loudest throat:
If it be quicker to die by the sword
Or cheaper to die by vote–
These are things we have dealt with once,
(And they will not rise from their grave)
For Holy People, however it runs,
Endeth in wholly Slave.

“Whatsoever, for any cause,
Seeketh to take or give
Power above or beyond the Laws,
Suffer it not to live!
Holy State or Holy King–
Or Holy People’s Will–
Have no truck with the senseless thing.
Order the guns and kill!
Saying –after–me:–

“Once there was The People–Terror gave it birth;
Once there was The People and it made a Hell of Earth
Earth arose and crushed it. Listen, 0 ye slain!
Once there was The People–it shall never be again!”

Rudyard Kipling

(hattip to Ken Burnside for the poem)