A horrific terrorist attack has occurred in Paris at the headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo resulting in a dozen deaths. Seven others have been injured and the attackers are still at large at this hour. Among the wounded is a police officer who exchanged fire with the assailants as they fled the scene. The terrorists shouted, “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad!”
This is not the first time the offices of Charlie Hebdo have been attacked. In November 2011, their offices were firebombed right before they released a “Sharia edition” of their newspaper featuring Muhammad as a “guest editor.” In 2006, Charlie Hebdo also published the infamous Danish cartoons which originally appeared the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
Charlie Hebdo’s last posting on its Twitter account featured a satirical picture of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
French President Francois Hollande condemned the attack and made no bones about the nature of the attack. “This is a terrorist attack, there is no doubt about it,” said Hollande.
Of course, when terrorist attacks occur on American soil, President Obama would tell us “not to jump to conclusions” and then conclude they were acts of “workplace violence.”
Hollande also stated, “We are threatened because we are a country of liberty.”
The accuracy of that statement will depend on how soon Charlie Hebdo can resume publishing.
UPDATE: Although White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest initially hesitated to characterize the Charlie Hebdo attacks as terrorism, President Obama has declared it a “terrorist attack.”
Nevertheless, given the fact that Obama has never described the Fort Hood shootings as a terrorist attack more than 5 years after the fact and his obfuscation concerning the attacks on American Consulate in Benghazi, there must remain a suspicion that if another such attack were to occur on American soil that he would not characterize it as a terrorist attack.
UPDATE II: Two of the twelve killed in this attack were police officers.