Cries of "Je suis Charlie" are echoing across the world, and a million extra issues of what is likely to be the magazine's final issue are being printed. It took twelve deaths, but Charlie Hebdo suddenly is popular. A month ago, they were suffering the common fate of the world's print media, and begging their small number of subscribers for contributions so they could stay in business a while longer.
Well, I guess they found the formula — the same formula used by their fundamentalist antagonists. It seems all they needed were some martyrs. Now they have them, and the world is paying attention. Too bad it took a dozen deaths to draw attention to some studiously offensive cartoons, but that's life in the twenty-first century.