The office of a French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was attacked by terrorists. 12 employees died.

The fans of the magazine did not enjoy the way François Hollande, Angela Merkel and other state heads marched in Paris in the name of freedom of speech. Lame. Insincere. Petty. Instead, the fans imagined pictures degrading these state heads. This is what they would have expected from Charlie Hebdo. And if the journalists hadn’t perished, they would have been published. Or they will be, despite everything. One way or the other.

Such pietism is naturally fake – the usual political mass propaganda which makes history, but has no connection to sympathy. All the talk about freedom of speech by our local politicians (worthy of a Charlie Hebdo cover themselves) was insincere to the bone and aimed at stealing some of the limelight. Shut up already!

Far from funny

Many fans of Charlie Hebdo know that deep inside, the leader of French extreme right Front National Marine Le Pen with presidents François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy happily shed tears of joy. And this moment of pleasure is the reason they should be depicted as giving themselves pleasure, shaving their lower bodies with razors or something of the sort.

If you have no faith (and the people of Charlie Hebdo didn’t), then you also don’t have that annoying third eye that holds back all those earthly desires – because maybe God will witness. But there is no God!

Things are far from funny in France. But also in Estonia. And it is also not funny that all this has happened against the backdrop of a marginal humour magazine. The increase of its print-run from 45 000 to one million does not speak of the death of a magazine, but its resurrection instead.
A public passion for humour was born through death, a chance of which had been considered in the Charlie Hebdo newsroom for a long time.

When the Editor in Chief Stéphane Charbonnier was interviewed about the depiction of Muhammad in Charlie Hebdo, he said in an interview to the magazine Tel Quel: “I’d rather die standing than live kneeling.”

And so he had to die. But not because of Muhammad. No. He had to die in a war that has been going on between the social groups of the world (nations, states, religions, parties, etc.) since the beginning of time and has now taken a new shape than that of a tank. Satirical mockery was only and excuse, not the reason.

War has excuses

The world has not changed. There has always been war, but not everywhere at the same time. War has excuses, its reasons and initiators are different from what may seem. Or more exactly – what we are lead to believe.

Europe will never be a place of all-consuming peace. Where there are people of various cultural background, there is always going to be conflict.

We cannot even tolerate each other here, in bland Estonia. But do we want to see all kinds of ragheads and niggers here? No, we don’t! (Preachers of freedom of speech: is “nigger” a free word or is someone forcing us to refrain from using it? And if they are, then it’s better to die standing than to live kneeling!)

Do we need to have mercy on some raghead wanting to serve his God? Or some atheist not wanting to? Or a nigger for being black? If we don’t, then they don’t need to have mercy on us either. Is it too much to fight against a pencil with a gun? But it isn’t too much to fight against a gun with a pencil? We care for life. They care for death.