Aside from saying he “vomits” on his magazine’s new supporters, Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Bernard Holtrop lamented in a recent interview that the January 7 attack on his magazine would help Marine Le Pen’s National Front Party (NF). This is nothing new for Charlie journalists, by the way; while they’ve become a symbol of “free speech,” some 20 years ago they lobbied for the NF to be outlawed. And it’s one of life’s poetic ironies: The NF has been advocating policies — opposition to Muslim immigration — that would have saved the lives of a group trying to destroy it, while that group’s opposition to those policies led to its destruction. But Holtrop is certainly right. The massacre at Charlie’s offices in Paris by three Islamic jihadists is further empowering anti-Islamization forces in France — and beyond.
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