Well, let's observe for the billionth time that it's a bizarrely puny God that requires His followers to murder those who take up crayons against Him.
An omnipotent deity reigning in eternity with the power of life and death over all, who yet needs defending from, like, watercolours.
I'm actually aware that it's the multitude of ideas behind the Charlie Hebdo cartoons that enrage the headbangers, but that's no less idiotic. And yet, this is the type of infantile nonsense that's caused much of the planet to collapse in flames, this past couple of decades. It's this that prompts grown men to dress up in ludicrous action-movie space-ninja outfits and charge around murdering unarmed people. It's outrageous and disgusting, and also strangely pathetic.
Anyway, you won't have to go far to find angry demands for every publication to reprint the cartoons on free speech grounds, or calls for us all to work together in times of crisis and so on. You'll be hard-pushed to miss them, in fact.
A different issue was raised by a work colleague of mine today, and it's one that usually gets less attention at times like these - what do Al Qaeda want?*
The specific question was, "Don't Al Qaeda realise that killing people like this will increase hatred towards Muslims and lead inevitably to more violence against them?"
To which the answer is, Of course they do. That's exactly why they kill people like this in the first place.
Maybe I'm reading the wrong papers and speaking to the wrong people, but it's incredible to me that we can be fourteen years into a supposed war on terrorism, and it still doesn't seem to be common knowledge that Al Qaeda et al desperately want us all to fear, hate and fight each other as much as possible.
They want us infidels to repress and attack Muslims, in the hope that this will convert as many as possible to Al Qaeda's dipshit philosophy. They want their co-religionists to join them in blowing shit up and committing atrocities, in the hope that it'll create a death spiral of tit-for-tat lunacy that will somehow result in a new order built in their own idiotic image.
It's not like the various Jihadist groups have kept this quiet. Al Qaeda in particular have been very, very vocal about wanting a huge war of Us vs Them, and the dirtier and more violent the better. They're terrorists, after all - they thrive on fear and hate.
It's really very strange, that this isn't better known than it is. It may be true that they hate us for our freedom, amongst a gaggle of other excuses that may be wackier or less so, but when it comes down to it, they just plain want us all to fight.
Anyway, I don't have a moral lesson here, nor any grand strategic suggestions. What I will say is this.
Whose interests are better served if we all now have a massive pissfight over, say, cartoons depicting Mohammed? A really nasty one, with papers and social media and workplaces filling with seething rage and bitterness and sweeping generalisations?
Does that help us, or does it help them?
*"Al Qaeda", since these zoomers apparently identified themselves as the Yemeni variant thereof. There's a remarkable homogeneity in the thinking of certain strains of glowering Islamist disapprover that allows us to play fast and loose with our definitions here, I think.