The first post-attack, "survivor" issue of Charlie Hebdo is out. Instead of the usual 60,000 copies, it was printed in 3 million copies. One copy costs €3. Most of these nine million euros will go to the victims' families and the magazine. Some of the jokes in the magazine are simple yet cute. For example: An advance copy contained cartoons mocking the two Islamist gunmen who carried out the attack. One has them arriving in paradise and asking, "Where are the 70 virgins?" — "With the Charlie team, losers," comes the reply.
If it were possible to quantify the value of one human life as €0.5 million, one could easily conclude that this tragic story has been profitable for the magazine.
Well, such a quantification is ethically problematic – even though insurance companies have to be aware of such conversion factors. Who may have become a winner is e.g. Luz, now a top cartoonist, who wasn't killed because he overslept. The image on the cover is his.
The cover shows a crying Mohammed who says "I am Charlie" and the situation is described as "all is forgiven". Well, the generosity involved in this image is amazing. I, for one, have not forgiven Mohammed – and indeed, it's Mohammed and Allah, the religion's pillars themselves, who should be primarily blamed for the tragedy. Relatively to Mohammed, the two brothers only played a passive role of mindless tools.
Amazingly enough, lots of Islamofascist apparatchiks dared to criticize the cartoon once again. Some of them live in the Western societies. I find this combination of facts stunning.
Anjem Choudary, a hardcore Islamist demagogue operating in London, classified the image as "an act of war" and "blatant provocation". He didn't forget to emphasize that the Sharia law demands even such super-peaceful pictures of Mohammed to be punished by death. Mr Choudary is just a tip of an iceberg.
What Mr Choudary and similar individuals fail to comprehend is that the Sharia law has absolutely no power or legitimacy in the world's 21st century civilized societies – e.g. in the United Kingdom. The Sharia law is not a part of the legal system or traditions that are exploited to judge people or acts judicially or morally. The Sharia law is just a feature of foreign, uncivilized societies where people are being routinely mass-brainwashed, enslaved, and killed for no good reasons.
(Update: in the evening, I realized that the very same basic demand – that our Western courts won't give special rights to the Muslims or quote the Quran in its verdicts – was also voiced by PEGIDA, Germany's "Patriotic Europeans Gegen the Islamization Des Abend-Occident". Thumbs up for them.)
You may pay lip service to the Sharia law, Mr Choudary, but in the context of the Western societies, this decision of yours only highlights that you are a cruel, underdeveloped animal and a fascist bully. There exists no legitimate way in France or the U.K. to punish the printing of several millions of peaceful pictures of Mohammed. This proves that your suggestion that there may be a "punishment" for the new cartoons means that you are foreseeing, suggesting, or ordering a criminal act – a horrific act not dissimilar to one that has already taken place in Paris.
And one shouldn't overlook that the image of Mohammed offered by the new issue of Charlie Hebdo is much more loving and civilized than the picture of Mohammed as squeezed into the heads of most Muslims in the world. In this sense, we are looking at two possible interpretations of Mohammed and Islam, and indeed, it's the Charlie Hebdo's interpretation that is the much less šitty one.
Mr Choudary, you are effectively telling people not to dare to draw Mohammed, otherwise they may be killed. You know, some people might think that your wish is unwise or unacceptable. What happens when these people disagree with you? Well, we may evaluate this disagreement according to the standard laws and constitutional and moral principles of the Western society. The conclusion is unequivocal: those who draw Mohammed are doing nothing wrong whatsoever – their actions are 100% halal – while you are blackmailing the rest of the mankind. You are really issuing death threats.
I don't think it's acceptable for the likes of Mr Choudary to freely walk on the streets of Western nations or even freely "teach" some gullible Muslim sheep – potential terrorists. You may say that the blackmailing by the likes of Mr Choudary is just a matter of free speech except that last week, we observed a stunning proof that this ain't the case. What Mr Choudary and others are doing is not so much about the free speech – speech is not important and when we subtract the impact of the accompanying terror, the value of the ideas he has to offer is zero or negative. What he is doing is primarily the planning and organization of acts – acts of terror.
So I encourage the United Kingdom to deport this scary terrorist mastermind and I urge all other civilized societies to do the same with similar people who are really trying to do the same thing – to establish a cruel medieval system of institutionalized murders of people for no justifiable reasons. The answer to the question whether it is OK to draw Mohammed is absolutely unambiguous. It is 100% legal, 100% kosher, and 100% halal. It is equally indisputable that the "Sharia law" can't be used as a positive argument in the civilized world – at most, it shows that the proponents of this "law" are uncivilized and dangerous individuals.
Mr Choudary's proclamations must be treated on par with any other death threats. It is unacceptable for some death threats to hide behind the idea that "it's normal in a part of the mankind" to issue similar death threats, and indeed, to murder people according to similar algorithms. The fact that "it's normal" only means that at least 1.6 billion people in the world are incompatible with a civilized character of the 21st century human society. But it doesn't mean that the civilized world should distort its understanding of justice in the direction of the pathological teachings that these people have been contaminated by.
People tightly connected with other cultures who existentially suffer due to the fact that it is absolutely OK to draw Mohammed in France or other Western nations simply shouldn't live here. Their presence here is counterproductive for both sides and it is dangerous.