Radical Islamic terrorists shouting “Allahu Akbar!” stormed into the Paris office buildings of Charlie Hebdo, murdering 12 people including the Editor, three cartoonists, and two police officers. The terrorists committed the slaughter as an act to “avenge” the prophet Muhammad, whom the satirical newspaper had poked fun at through several political cartoons.
When threats first started surfacing against Charlie Hebdo in 2012, the leader of the free world and his administration refused to fully support the newspaper, instead criticizing them for publishing the cartoons.
A White House transcript shows that then-Press Secretary Jay Carney questioned the newspapers “judgment behind the decision to publish’ the Muhammad cartoons.
Here is a partial official transcript:
Q The French government has decided to temporarily close their embassies and schools in several Muslim countries after a satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, that published cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad. Is the White House concerned that those cartoons might further fan the flames in the region?
MR. CARNEY: Well, we are aware that a French magazine published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the Prophet Muhammad, and obviously, we have questions about the judgment of publishing something like this. We know that these images will be deeply offensive to many and have the potential to be inflammatory. But we’ve spoken repeatedly about the importance of upholding the freedom of expression that is enshrined in our Constitution.
In other words, we don’t question the right of something like this to be published; we just question the judgment behind the decision to publish it. And I think that that’s our view about the video that was produced in this country and has caused so much offense in the Muslim world.
Six days later, the President was standing before the United Nations speaking about the Benghazi attacks, saying “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
The terrorists involved in the Charlie Hebdo attack agree, with multiple witnesses saying they could be heard saying “the prophet has been avenged.”
What are your thoughts on this horrific attack and the way the White House has previously handled terrorist threats and the freedom of speech?