It used to be that if a magazine didn’t like its staff, they would simply fire them. Times have changed and global, profit-driven stakeholders have devised a new way to improve the bottom-line while furthering their agenda: reinvigorate world hatred against islam and breathe new life into a dying magazine by killing its staff. Kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. Or in this case, twelve of them.
The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is planning a multimillion copy press run of its next issue, which will feature a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad on the cover, the first since extremists killed 12 people at its offices Jan. 7.
The newspaper Libération hosted Charlie Hebdo staffers as they prepared the new issue and is handling its special 3 million copy print run in numerous languages.
Libération published the Charlie Hebdo cover online late Monday night, ahead of the magazine’s publication on Wednesday. The cartoon shows a bearded man in a white turban with a tear streaming down his cheek and holding a sign reading “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”). Above him is the phrase “Tout est pardonne” (All is forgiven), which media interpreted as meaning Muhammad is forgiving the cartoonists for lampooning him.
Call me cynical, conspiratorial, or whatever. The writing is all over the wall on this one. Clear and convincing video evidence that the killers missed the officer’s head on the sidewalk (yet worldwide media outlets continue to air a doctored version of it), a conspicuous yet little publicized suicide of the police commissar heading the investigation of the attacks just days later, and the photo op (and security nightmare) of the century, of dozens of heads of state, choreographed for the occasion less than a week later. It all wreaks of major global psy-ops.
There is something very wrong with anyone who can’t see that there is something terribly wrong with this picture.