Jon Stewart, with his inimitable blend of earnestness and deadpan, weighed in on the events with a moving statement. “I know very few people go into comedy, you know, as an act of courage. Mainly because it shouldn’t have to be that. It shouldn’t be an act of courage. It should be taken as established law. But those guys at Hebdo had it, and they were killed for their…cartoons. A stark reminder that, for the most part, the legislators and journalists and institutions that we jab and ridicule are not, in any way, the enemy.”
Source: Salon, January 8
First question: What, then, is the enemy that satirists everywhere must target?
Answer: stupidity, intolerance, prejudice, abuse of power, hysterical conspiracy theories.
Second question: Is the rage animating the killers motivated by the desire to hit back at the oppressor? Or is there no rage at all but cold calculation to use violence to achieve political purposes?
Answer: The rage has its primary origin in hostility to the modern world caused by frustration.
Third question: Can we agree that religious zeal has little to do with it?