In France and across Europe the population as a whole came out and marched and chanted their defiance of the savages that live within our societies and yet are so separate from our civilisation.
But as they assembled and marched in their millions world leaders faked their involvement in the public marches while praising the courage of everyone who stood for free speech. Our leaders stood safely in a side street ringed by well armed guards calling on the rest of us to stand up for our freedom.
Their security people seem to have felt it was too dangerous for them to actually join the march because of the risk of, well terrorists among others so they set up a little presentation to be edited in.
Be brave people of our countries they say, we are behind you all the way.
Until you take a look and realise just how far behind us they actually are.
There are many forms of censorship, that which you impose upon yourself out of fear is sometimes even more harsh that that imposed by an outsider.
While saying they support freedom of speech the British media has done little to walk the walk.
The guardian said it would show the new Charlie Hebdo front page with its cartoon of the prophet holding the Je Suis Charlie sign and crying, it seems to have disappeared somewhere. The telegraph showed only the headline and edited out the actual comic.
Boris Johnson got his few minutes of airtime by saying "You cannot have a march through the streets of Paris attended by 46 world leaders, four million people, climaxing with a shout of 'We are not afraid' and then not print the central object of contention.”
Though as editor of the spectator he did not run the Danish cartoons saying. “I would never have published them in The Spectator, which I edited, not just because they were gratuitously inflammatory, but because I didn’t see how I could justify my decision to the widows and orphans of my staff, in the event of an attack on our offices”.
Boris can you spell Hypocrisy.
But its not just Boris, all of our leaders are the same, our mainstream media is the same. Brave words, they all talk the talk when it comes to freedom of speech and expression. But words are just words, I judge people by their actions and when it comes time to walk the walk where are our leaders and our media.
Hiding behind the masses where its safe.
A million people marching for freedom means a great deal at the time, it is a sign of the commitment of the population to not submit to the barbarians who are inside the gates. But a million people marching means nothing when those who shape and influence our societies have already surrendered to those Terrorists.
Our leaders talk brave words but when we look for them they are far behind us surrounded by guns, hardly taking the same risks for our freedom that they call upon us to take. With our media it is the same, they are brave in words but not in deeds.
This filters down, those who have the courage to stand up for their freedoms find it more and more difficult do so as they become isolated. At the top of this post is today's Charlie Hebdo cover, I found it online NOT at the websites of British Media. People who want to see what the fuss was about need to find it for themselves and as that becomes harder and harder people give up trying.
And step by step our freedoms die and the Terrorists and Tyrants win.
No one should have to live in fear but if you surrender to that fear it will only get stronger and stronger. Our leaders and media are already on their knees, don't give offence, don't risk violence, don't upset them. But once you are on your knees things only ever get worse, once you surrender on one thing you will be pressed to surrender on another and another.
We are in a war, but not a war against Islam or any other religion.
A war between civilisation and the barbarians.
A war between free societies and tyranny.
A war between the 21st century and dark aged savagery.
There are no front lines, our entire society is part of this battle. Terrorist attacks in Paris and decisions made in Parliament or the editing rooms of our media are the battlefields.
Which is why our security services and PM calling for yet more loss of freedom, yet more online monitoring and yet more intrusion into our private lives as a result of these events saddens me.
We must be protected they all say, in order to keep you safe we need to take away yet more of those freedoms that are so dangerous for you to have.
Odd how both sides of this war, and it is a war, seek to impose rules and restrictions and censorship on us. The terrorists who act in the name of their dark aged beliefs want to take away our freedoms to laugh and make jokes and offend and say what we want, on what we want, when we want to. They are called extremists, that being the polite way of referring to them because they want to orce us to adopt a way of life and a society we consider extreme.
But then we have our leaders who whole heartedly try to impose the same restrictions on us in the name of keeping us safe from the other extremists. Remember that while the French Terrorists killed men and women in France in an effort to stop the publication of things they didn't like Cameron pushed a law to prevent charities and other such organisations saying certain things that were deemed negative to politicians or political parties close to the election.
So what is the point of marching to support our freedoms from those who would take them away when our own leaders are doing exactly the same thing while we watch.
Terrorists or Tyrants, it comes down to which one kills you and which one rules you.