France: Death to Free Speech
On October 16, a history teacher who had shown his students cartoons of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad was beheaded in a Paris suburb. The murderer, who tried to attack the police attempting to arrest him, was shot and killed while shouting "Allahu Akbar".
The attack sadly shows that criticizing
Islam is still an extremely dangerous activity. Anyone even suspected of doing
it can be injured or killed, anytime, anywhere. It also shows that one can
decide to attack or become a murderer even if one does not belong to an organization defined as
jihadist, or shown no signs of radicalization. The attack once again confirms
the existence of what Daniel Pipes has called "sudden jihad syndrome".