Peters: If They Had Any Guts, All U.S. Papers Would Print Muhammad Cartoons
On "America's Newsroom," Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) reacted to the deadly terror attack on the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper and called out the "cowardly" English-speaking media.
"It's a terrible morning. It's a bad morning for press freedom, for freedom of information. It's bad because the terrorists won. The terrorists won this morning," Peters said.
"Even if those terrorists are tracked down and killed - and I hope they are killed and die miserably - the end result of this is going to be we're going to continue to self-censor."
Peters said that no publication in the English-speaking world had the guts to take on Islamic fanaticism and mock Islamic fanatics as Charlie Hebdo did.
"The correct response to this attack, by all of us in journalism ... if we had guts, those cartoons would be reprinted on the front page of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times tomorrow. They won't be."
"Brave journalists died and cowardly ones will profit."
Peters also said that we've seen terrorism get more and more sophisticated and pervasive, as we lose the will to fight.
"This was a horrible attack on brave journalists, but every day dozens and hundreds of people around the world are slaughtered by Islamic extremists, and we will not come to grips with it," Peters said.
"Our president will not come to grips with it, journalists will not come to grips with it, even our military is lawyer-addled, lawyer-ridden and worried about offending our enemies," he asserted.
"We in the journalism world are not going to stand up against fanatical Islam. We're just not gonna do it. We don't have the guts."
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A Charlie Hebdo cover in October was directed at ISIS.
— Emmanuelle Richard (@emmarichard) January 7, 2015
In response to the horrific attack, many cartoonists have drawn powerful cartoons and posted them on Twitter. Some news outlets, including AP, have said they will not show the cartoons in their reporting on the attack.
— Yair Rosenberg (@Yair_Rosenberg) January 7, 2015