Charlie Hebdo back in the spotlight
This week’s edition of Charlie Hebdo–which contains satirical caricatures of the downed Russian airliner in the Sinai–has once again ignited our passions: cries of outrage, poor taste and scandal. The Kremlin’s spokesperson, Peskov, went so far as calling the cartoons ‘blasphemy‘. Other critics were less severe, merely calling the publication ‘a provocation’ and/or ‘offensive’.
But is Charlie Hebdo really making light about the disaster that killed all 224 about the Russian airliner? Or is it that instead Charlie Hebdo is pointing out that in today’s world of designermade-wars no country or individual is 100% innocent; and that everyone who travels is a potential target for extremists… political satire being the least of our worries?