I wasn’t Charlie Hebdo, back when it seemed awfully trendy to assume that persona – and I have to tell you I don’t have a French flag on my Facebook profile. Well, in fact, I don’t have a Facebook account. But if I did . . .
It’s not that I support the killing of innocent people to make a political point; and I have the deepest sympathy for the families of those people killed in Paris last weekend.
What I object to is the self-righteous hypocrisy of Western leaders who refuse to acknowledge that their own actions have created this particular monster. I further object to the outrageous racist ethnic prejudice that explodes in paroxysms of hate and revenge over the deaths of 133 white European Christians (or whatever their religion is), while turning a blind eye to the tens of thousands of innocent civilians massacred in Iraq, Palestine and elsewhere in the Middle East, directly or indirectly, by the United States government, its allies and its stooges.
Asymetrical warfare has become a ubiquitous fact of post-modern life – and I can’t see it going away, as long as wealthy Western nations use their economic and military power to punish sovereign states for failing to bow down and grovel. The reaction of the French Government to the Paris attacks has been, once again, to launch more bombing raids on targets in Syria. Does it work, guys? Just ask yourselves, please.
Well, I want to share with you an article I found on the Salon website.
“We must mourn all victims. But until we look honestly at the violence we export, nothing will ever change.
“Any time there is an attack on civilians in the post-9/11 West, demagogues immediately blame it on Muslims. They frequently lack evidence, but depend on the blunt force of anti-Muslim bigotry to bolster their accusations.
“Actual evidence, on the other hand, shows that less than two percent of terrorist attacks from 2009 to 2013 in the E.U. were religiously motivated. In 2013, just one percent of the 152 terrorist attacks were religious in nature; in 2012, less than three percent of the 219 terrorist attacks were inspired by religion.
“The vast majority of terrorist attacks in these years were motivated by ethno-nationalism or separatism. In 2013, 55 percent of terrorist attacks were ethno-nationalist or separatist in nature; in 2012, more than three-quarters (76 percent) of terrorist attacks were inspired by ethno-nationalism or separatism.
“These facts, nonetheless, have never stopped the prejudiced pundits from insisting otherwise.
“On Friday the 13th of November, militants massacred at least 127 people in Paris in a series of heinous attacks.
“There are many layers of hypocrisy in the public reaction to the tragedy that must be sorted through in order to understand the larger context in which these horrific attacks are situated — and, ultimately, to prevent such attacks from happening in the future.”