The world seems uniquely outraged over the massacre of French cartoonists and writers at a satirical magazine but it’s not easy to explain why.
The journalists had been threatened for years and knew they exposed themselves to danger through their work. That wasn’t true for the 2,000 slaughtered in Nigeria the same week just for the crime of being Christians, or the four Jews killed at a Paris market for the audacity of buying supplies for Sabbath eve.
There’s also no way that 3,000 butchered Americans thought they would provoke Islamic rage by going to work on September 11th. The courage of the French journalists may make them especially sympathetic but it doesn’t make their murder any more horrifying than that of apolitical victims of countless other terrorist atrocities.
This senseless slaughter identifies jihadism as pure blood lust, not a response to western policies or a coherent ideology.