I did the above cartoon five years ago, in honor of the ordeal that young woman had to endure for even suggesting that cartoonists should not put up with threats from extremists. I hear that Molly was eventually able to come out of hiding and resume a somewhat normal life. (I don’t know if that is really an option for cartoonists.)
But today we have another reminder of how dangerous it is to put lines on paper. The reports of the terrorist attack on the offices of the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo (Hebdo is french for weekly) are still coming in, but there are at least four dead cartoonists who were specifically targeted among the ten journalists and two police officers that were butchered by three masked murderers.
The dead cartoonists are; Stephane Charbonnier (known as Charb), Jean Cabut ( known as Cabu), Bernard Verlac (known as Tignous) and Georges Wolinski.
Witnesses claim the terrorists shouted out that they were acting on behalf of Al Qeada, but that has yet to be confirmed as of this writing.
Some people claim that for every terrorist we kill, another ten are created. That goes for cartoonists as well. We will never shut up, and we will meet the challenge with ink instead of bullets, until they drown in it. Go to hell, assassins.