I think that anyone who knows me or who has read this blog probably knows where I stand on the horrific massacre in Paris. But, lest there be any doubt, let me make my position clear.
Charlie Hebdo is a satirical publication. Like The Onion in the United States, it pokes fun at everything deserving of having fun poked at it, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or politics.
It has a history of being fiercely independent.
The magazine and its staff have every right under the tenets of press freedom to publish whatever they want, regardless of who it might upset or offend.
They've taken after prime ministers and presidents, popes and protestants, Jews and Jesuits. I don't think they are hardcore Muslim haters.
From what I've seen of the Charlie Hebdo staff's work, it seems to me that it has always been humorous and well earned and deserved by whoever or whatever they've targeted.
There is nothing that can be said by even the stoutest Islamic radicalism apologists that justifies what happened today.
Je suis Charlie.