It Looks Like An Execution
Charlie Hebdo: Report from Europe
By Paul Craig Roberts
Readers, with the exception of neoconservative William Kristol,
appreciated the questions I raised about the
Charlie Hebdo affair.
Europeans sent me videos and news reports
One video compares the car in which the
killers escaped with the car in which the ID
one of the accused brothers was allegedly
found and makes the point that the two cars
differ. The car in which the ID was found
apparently is not the escape car.
Another video, which seems to
be part of a news report, shows a large force of
police waiting as the metal screen over the
deli storefront rises. This is the deli in
which Amedy Coulibaly is reported to be
As the metal screen rises, police fire
into the deli. There seems to be no return
it is unclear who the police are shooting
at. Perhaps it was the heavy firing by the
police that killed the hostages.
Police enter and turn to the right. Then
Coulibaly appears from the same direction as
the police entered. He is in a running
stumble as if he has been pushed into the
line of fire. There is no weapon in his
hands, which appear to be tied together. He
falls or is shot down at the door in front
of the police, who then fire more bullets
into the downed man.
It looks like an execution. It most
certainly is not a gun fight. Coulibaly was
down and could easily have been captured and
questioned. Instead, we have reports of
pre-recorded confessions to take the place
of capture and questioning.
The connection between Muslim murderous
ire against French cartoonists and
Coulibaly’s alleged attack on a Kosher deli
is asserted but not explained. If Coulibaly
was incensed over cartoons drawn by French
persons, why wasn’t he with the killers in
the cartoonists’ office? Why pick on random
patrons of a deli unrelated to the reason
for the attack?
Once you look at this independently of
the official news presentation, there are
The terrorist attacks, if that is what
they are, are extremely convenient for
Washington and Israel. France had just voted
with Palestine against the US/Israeli
position. French President Hollande had just
stated that the sanctions against Russia
must end. Among Europeans sympathy was
rising for the Palestinians, and support for
Washington’s and Israel’s Middle East wars
was declining. Now France is back under
Washington’s foreign policy umbrella, and
European sympathy has shifted from the
Palestinians to Israel.
In my day in order to qualify for the
Ph.D. degree, the candidate had to
demonstrate French and German reading skill.
Time and scant use have taken their toll of
my skill, so I cannot state with any
assurance the conclusions of these reports.
I can only report what the videos show
Also, the videos have come to me in forms
that I do not know how to post. Those of you
adept at Internet search possibly can find
I would welcome for this website a report
from Europe. I believe that a report from a
knowledgeable and aware European about the
official news reporting and public reaction
to it, and the extent to which
inconsistencies and loose ends of the
official story are recognized and
challenged, would be welcomed by readers of
I have been left with the impression that
informed Europeans are uncomfortable about
diverging publicly from accepted opinion. As
long as you let me know who you are, you can
remain anonymous. We in America would just
like to know if your reporting is different
from ours and if the European public, except
for the anti-immigrationists, buys the
The wars into which Europeans have been
thrust by ambitious and deceptive leaders
have been more devastating for European
populations than the wars thrust upon
gullible Americans. Perhaps Europeans are
less willing to believe government
If not, more war is a certainty.
See also -
Charlie Hebdo Update:
The terrorist attacks, if that is what they
are, are extremely convenient for Washington
and Israel. France had just voted with
Palestine against the US/Israeli position.
French President Hollande had just stated
that the sanctions against Russia must end.
Among Europeans sympathy was rising for the
Palestinians, and support for Washington’s
and Israel’s Middle East wars was declining.
Now France is back under Washington’s
foreign policy umbrella, and European
sympathy has shifted from the Palestinians
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for
Economic Policy and associate editor of the
Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for
Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service,
and Creators Syndicate. He has had many
university appointments. His internet
columns have attracted a worldwide
following. Roberts' latest books are
The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and
Economic Dissolution of the West and
How America Was Lost.
Ed Note - The video
embedded in this article by ICH, did not appear in
the original item.