Monday, November 16, 2015

France's bluff, deuxième fois

I condemn violence. I abhor injustice and unfairness. 

The French people need to examine their country's past and present in a sophisticated manner. They are in desperate need of some perspective on the horrendous attack they have incurred for the second time this year. It's important not to fall into terrorists' intentions. Never forgetting how and why terrorism works and functions, cue French Revolution, and Far-right Zionist terrorism in Palestine, pre-State of Israel. To avoid succumbing into the strategy of the terrorist one must not allow to forget what has been, to properly point to where we are now. What is the context? What is proportional? 

The French government has continuously stated that they will fight radical Islamic fundamentalism, and yet they allow oil-rich gulf states like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait to build mosques that teach Wahhabism, an ideology that preach hate, intolerance, slavery, misogyny, and all other forms of barbarity, it allows these oppressive regimes to commit crimes on their own citizens, not just that, it patronizes their oil. France sells its heritage, Modigliani and Cézanne, its historical sights, and values, in exchange for oil to sell to other countries through their neocolonial oil company, Total. Yes, because France had a lesson learned moment post-OPEC 1973 oil embargo, that they needed to secure energy independence to maintain their beloved sovereignty. 

France appears to abhor terrorism, yet they have no problem with bombing the Rainbow Warrior, the flagship of the Greenpeace fleet in the port of AucklandNew Zealand on its way to a protest against a planned French nuclear test in Moruroa that was carried out on the 10th of July, 1985. They intentionally killed a freelance Dutch (of Portuguese origin) photographer and rightfully and unashamedly justified it. If you question the high standards I have set on French "civilization" you're not alone in wondering why I put it in a pedestal, after all this is a country that sent over 75,000 Jews to the death camps, by handing innocent people over to the enemy, a country that tortured and killed hundreds of thousands in Algeria and Vietnam, a country that brags about its stolen loot in the most visited museum on the face of the planet, Louvre.

If not for the heroism of Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Raymond Aron, who set aside their intellectual differences during the Vietnamese refugee crisis, the three were practically begging for France to wake up to its responsibility to save those caught in the crossfire, hundreds of thousands more would have died. France has had lots of bright moments, like when they emancipated the Jews of Europe, a work of the beloved Napoleon. Or when provided refuge to the oppressed (even temporarily), or to those seeking a better life, like Marie Curie, Pablo Picasso, and even the Ayatollah, because why not? Equality! Right? 

And now, it is attacking the "democratic elements" in Syria, a problem their history created but have no responsibility towards after profiting from its enormous wealth. Once upon a time they were proudly declaring to the world how "we should support" the democrats opposed to Assad. I have long insisted that the West should have been supporting Assad's regime as it is the best guarantor of stability, security, and safety, in that part of the world, unlike the "democratic opposition" a group that the West insisted was the real successor of Assad, and yet fast forward to 2015, after millions of refugees created, it turned out Assad has been right all along. When he stated that the "fighters" weren't "democrats" but were "terrorists" backed by the oil-rich gulf states (Sunnis). And now France has bore the brunt of its tenacious stubbornness on the "democracy" of the Syrian fighters, which turned out to be the Islamic State. 

A quick scan at France's history, and you begin to feel that the France in enlightened people's imaginations is fading away, its values under attack not by external forces, but by corruption of the elites, traceable to the Ancien Regime, the more information you read about its once famed literacy, science, arts, tolerance, equality, the more you feel the longing for it, as it is now evaporating before all our eyes. What will replace it is not subject to historical determinism but by the will of its people, by its democratic will, we'll find out where it will go, in the mean time, we have to contend with the tragedy of the tragedy, classical hysteria by the uneducated populace, media sensationalism, and tragic irony.