The attack was last Wednesday in the morning, in which three gunmen entered the Charlie Hebdo building and killed security guards as well as certain employees for the magazine such as cartoonists and writers. On the way out they killed several policemen who were attempting to stop them. Twelve people were murdered in total this day. That night, one of the suspects turned himself in, but the two others were missing. The police began a manhunt overnight, and on Friday found and killed the two terrorists. That night Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attack.
This is the cover of the edition of Charlie Hebdo published Wednesday. It depicts the prophet Muhammed holding a sign that says "I Am Charlie". Although I completely agree with the cause of the "I Am Charlie" protests, I am worried about the danger that could result from the publication of this issue.
That same day, there was a separate attack that Al Qaeda has not claimed responsibility for. This was the attack on a kosher store in which nineteen people were taken hostage and four of them were killed. I don't believe it was a coincidence that this happened right after the attack on Charlie Hebdo, because the murderer in the store probably decided to go through with his plan of killing people because of the "example" set by the horrible terrorists that attacked Charlie Hebdo.
I think publishing a new edition of the magazine with a depiction of the prophet Muhammed on the cover Wednesday may not have been the best idea. First off, Al Qaeda may organize another attack, but this surely was predicted by the writers of the magazine and they must have assumed this would only be putting themselves in danger. Unfortunately, this actually could be putting others in danger as well, because another Al Qaeda attack could spur another group or individual like the man at the kosher store to do an attack similar to theirs. This attack could hurt anybody, not just the people who have made the risky decision to publish this new edition.
Despite how dangerous I believe publishing this new edition was, I do agree with the "I Am Charlie" movement that supports freedom of speech. I just hope that this publishing of the new edition does not spur on any more attacks, and that people in France as well as their freedom of speech will remain safe from harm.