The jihadists are succeeding in their campaign to squelch freedom of expression in the West. Many mainstream media outlets have been too afraid to display the offensive images that were said to have triggered the deadly jihadist attack on the headquarters of the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015. Some media have called into question the judgment of the Charlie Hebdo editors in publishing their offensive cartoons in the first place. Others have worried more about the further rise of anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe than the dangers posed by the rising tide of home-grown jihadism.
The tragic carnage in Paris this past week was likewise followed by the shameful refusal of President Obama and other Western leaders to link the massacres to their ideological sources, rooted in the Koran and the hadith (the deeds and sayings of Prophet Muhammad), which embody Islamic supremacism and jihad. And while providing rhetorical support to the value of freedom of expression in his statement following the Paris massacre, President Obama did not walk back his own previous declarations challenging free expression deemed offensive to Muslims. His administration has also backed the efforts of stealth jihadists to abuse international and domestic incitement and anti-discrimination law to accomplish the same ultimate goal as the violent jihadists - stifling free speech deemed insulting of Islam and its prophet.