I like Josie Pagani, she is an honourable lefty, and someone who actually has her head screwed on right.
She has written a post at Pundit which puts the rest of the left-wing blogosphere and all of the mainstream media to shame.
Her courage should be applauded.
[T]his must be crystal clear – Charlie Hebdo, the editorial team, the cartoonists and the staff are not to blame for their own murders.
The brave and just response to the Paris murders is to stand up for freedom of speech – Â no buts, no qualifiers.
Some will use the slaughter in Paris to whip up anti-Islamic sentiments. Marine Le Pen, Franceâs far-right leader, has already compared Muslims in France to the German occupation of the 1940s. George Packer of the New Yorker fears âtoday might very well be the day that Marine Le Pen became President of France.â
Her attempt to demonise all of Islam is tactical and ugly. The majority of muslims are peaceful and live comfortably alongside christians, jews and atheists. Anyway, the tactic of terror is to provoke a backlash against all Islam and vindicate their teaching of victimhood.
Le Penâs views must be rejected.
But it is also true that an extremist faction of Islam does not want to live in peace and believes that purity can only be realised by killing infidels and moderate muslims.
These ideas and this barbaric strand of Islam must be named and shamed. It is just asÂ importantÂ to stand up for the Kurdish muslim woman in combat gear fighting for her right not to wear a hijab, as it is to stand up for the right to wear one onÂ theÂ streets of Sydney and not be attacked.