Paris Terror, Who Gains?
As the story unfolds about yesterday’s attack on satirist weekly Charlie Debdo in Paris, a long list of beneficiaries emerges.
1) ISIS had a multi-million dollar bounty on such journalists, so these well trained operators could have been in it for the money.
2) France has put troops in Mali stemming the tide of the al Magreb Islamic organization there, so French North Africa, when the parents came from Algeria, joins the list of partial motivators.
3) Department of Homeland Security, whose budget was delayed by immigration issues, may now get a boost in their funding in February approvals. The angry right wingers will probably be rechanneled by congress into funding increases for Homeland Security in exchange for not putting undue restrictions on the president’s new executive order immigration policies.
4) Department of Defense moves closer to approval for ground troops against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and possibly helping the French in Mali.
5) Senatorial batman and robin team of John McCain and Lindsey Graham have arguments for their militarism enhanced and may end up on the Sunday talk shows.
6) Comedian Bill Maher’s campaign against all religious crazies returns to the air this Friday.
The “fighting words” doctrine is one of the main exceptions to the First Amendment right of free speech. Inciting to riot using fighting words or arguments that use fighting words can be considered not protected free speech, just as yelling “fire” in a crowded theatre is not protected by free speech rights. Satire against the prophet Muhammed and the religion of Islam could be considered not protected by free speech rights under judicial interpretation in the Islamic world, if an American style democracy existed somewhere in the Islamic world. Silence seems to be coming from the leaders in Islamic countries. So the fighting words doctrine is being conveniently overlooked in the Western outrage over the assassination of 10 journalists in Paris. From Wikipedia: “It is also used in a general sense of words that when uttered tend to create (deliberately or not) a verbal or physical confrontation by their mere usage.” And: “Fighting words are written or spoken words, generally expressed to incite hatred or violence from their target.” Obviously there is a thin line between satire and fighting words, subject to the eye of the beholder. However, the Imam of Paris has condemned these attacks along with many Westernized Muslims.
As the two gunmen and one more in the car ditch the first vehicle in North Paris, they will probably now head South to continue the escape, having diverted authorities in the North move.
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