This morning, two masked attackers brandishing Kalashnikovs and shouting ‘the Prophet has been avenged’ and ‘Allahu akbar!’ burst into the Charlie Hebdo headquarters, opening fire on staff after seeking out journalists by name. By the time they were done, twelve people were dead – including a police officer who was executed at point blank range as he begged for mercy on the pavement outside the office. Those executed also included four of the most famous cartoonists in France – men who had regularly satirized Islam and the Prophet Mohammed – along with the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Stephane Charbonnier.
Despite a shoot-out with armed officers, the ‘calm and highly disciplined’ men who reportedly spoke perfect French were able to escape in a hijacked car and remain on the loose.
Fundamentalists or not, I think there’s something infinitely abhorrent about Islam and its band of modern practitioners that doesn’t make any sense at all. This was mass murder in broad daylight by men acting on their derived interpretations of God’s book. A time is coming when religion will cease to exist entirely in this world because it has lost its mind to violence.
Culled from Daily Mail