Under the title "The Abuse of Satire," The Atlantic posted the text of remarks Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau delivered recently at Long Island University upon receiving an award. In his address, the satirist spoke about the "red line" that satire must not cross; as an example of such a transgression he cited Charlie Hebdo's cartoon assault on the sacred cows of Islam – an assault that resulted in the murder of the French magazine's staff. In faulting them, Trudeau was essentially blaming the victims and absolving their Islamic butchers.
"I, and most of my colleagues," he said, "have spent a lot of time discussing red lines since the tragedy in Paris." Apparently that discussion didn't result in the use of clear, honest language to describe the attack at the Hebdo offices, which was not an act-of-God tragedy like a tsunami; it was a massacre for which Islamic terrorists were solely responsible.