If a small magazine in Nigeria was raided and 11 journalists killed for their political views by Islamic extremist then no one would care, a small paragraph in The Guardian on page 11 about it. 150 school girls are still being held by Boko Harem and we have forgotten. Do we care? No. But this Charlie Ebdo attack was on our own doorstep and at the heart of sophisticated Europe, Paris, and France was, and is, in shock. How dare they!!! The British coverage was way over the top and almost as if the media were trying to make their point on free speech after the News of the World scandal, than report the news.
The garlic breath, spittle projecting pompous French commentators saw it as an attack on free speech but when you look closer at the three million or so that protested and bought this week’s magazine in support of that free speech you see a very different story, a narrative the main stream media are not talking about. The people buying the new edition with the Muhammad cartoon on the front are white and middle-class. The people not buying it are France’s large Muslim, Arab and black African population. And why would the Muslims buy a magazine ridiculing their God anyway? That sums it up for me. The hatred is between the two halves of France. No, this story is not so much about France growing fear of terrorism but the booming fascist vote there and white people’s fear of ethnicity and religion. Marie Le Penn of the far right anti immigration party took 26% of the national vote. 26%! That’s one third of the white French population that voted. I think the heart of the Muslim extremists hate is not only the west insidious foreign policy through Israel and exploitation of oil rich Muslim lands but the feeling that intrinsic racism towards Muslims and black Africans in France is not being tackled, dare I say it encouraged by these publications. Palestine and Iraq made those losers buy the guns but that feeling of alienation and disrespect pulled the trigger. The cartoon was just proof of Le Penn’s feelings. The white folks don’t like us and don’t want us here. I’m going out smelling of pot in a blaze of bullets. The Americans call it suicide by cop.
About 20% of Frances legal population is black or Muslim. In Paris it’s higher. Throw in illegal immigrants and pending asylum seekers and around 25% of the capital. They have been pushed out to the urban ghetto margins of Paris, Nice, Lyon and Marseille and certainly no support for Charlie Ebdo and free speech there. They see the magazine as racist and a loose cannon, white middle-class and middle aged journalists feeling confident and arrogant enough to mock everyone in France, skin color not a problem. The French call it free speech where as the Muslims call it intimidation. Their prophet is sacred, no compromise, and most rational and respectful western journalists understand that and polite not to mock him. I believe we should not mock Mohammed, not because I am scared of retribution but because there is no need to. That magazine, in the current climate, was only ever going to get shot up. And forget the free speech argument. Charlie Hebdo mocks Muslims monthly yet when one of their journalists did a holocaust cartoon he was forced to resign by public opinion. In fact a controversial French comedian who sent a pro Quarashi brother tweet under those free speech rules was arrested this week, the irony lost on the French.
World leaders chirped in and applauded the right of free speech. Problem is most of them parading with the French President this week had less than reasonable attitudes towards free speech and some throw you in jail. The Saudi leader was there, a man who ordered a Saudi blogger to receive 1000 lashes for criticizing the government there. Can you image what would happen if Eastern Eye, Britain’s main Asian newspaper, published negative stories on Israel with risky cartoons? It would be uproar. If British Muslims speak out against our disgraceful foreign policy or the Israel bias they are labeled as extremist and terrorists. Is it any wonder Muslims are angry in the west and lash out?
Have you noticed how Frances 500,000 Jewish community has spun the atrocity as an attack on them by France’s 5 million Muslims, instead of it being about the cartoons and the magazine? This is the same Israeli lobby that leveled 47,500 houses in Palestine this year and killed thousands, including children. It’s the same France that have done little to sort out the Syrian problem which they have significant clout in. The UK government pounced on the Charlie Ebdo situation and immediately claimed terror attacks on London were imminent so they can push through greater powers for the intelligence services, powers they are already illegally using but the Home Secretary wants to make legal this way. Everyone has an angle.
Journalists live by the sword and die by the sword and as terrible as these attacks were you need to back off sometimes. If you tell some bloke in the pub that his misses is ugly you are going to get punched on the nose. It’s a natural human reaction. Some war reporters and photojournalists have a need to risk death to get that photo but, more importantly, the buzz. These old farts at Charlie Ebdo felt they could belittle everyone and it was funny. To then print the profit on the front cover this week is astonishing arrogance and nothing to do with free speech. Free speech is for the weak to be able to speak out against the strong, not the other the way around, the strong belittling the weak. Charlie Ebdo has now made every newsagent selling the magazine a target. A trendy white French London newsagent sold some of the 1200 sold here this week and received death threats. He didn’t receive death threats for selling Charlie Ebdo and its journalism but for the cartoon on the front. We need to get it into our heads that we are not just offending some pot head small time criminals in Paris with access to guns but 1.5 billion moderate Muslims world wide, many oppressed by their leaders, and the only reason I can think of they are doing this is because they don’t like Muslims. This was not a rallying cry to continue freedom of speech in France so much but the right to abuse the people and religions it doesn’t like or want there.
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