Tuesday, November 17, 2015

All Together Now: Islam is not to Blame

"Islam still provokes misunderstandings, prejudices and is rejected by some citizens. Yet Islam is here to stay in France. It is the second largest religious group in our country."
"We must say all of this is not Islam: The hate speech, anti-Semitism that hides behind anti-Zionism and hate for Israel, the self-proclaimed imams in our neighborhoods and our prisons who are promoting violence and terrorism. We are in a war against terrorism. We are not in a war against religion, against a civilization. We are at war with terrorism, jihadism and radicalism. France is not at war against Islam and Muslims."                                                                                        French Prime Minister Manuel Valls
 
After the January 2015 jihadist attacks in Paris, France's President François Hollande declared: "We must reject facile thinking and eschew exaggeration. Those who committed these terrorist acts, those terrorists, those fanatics, have nothing to do with the Muslim religion."
"It is not just my view, but the view of my closest military and civilian advisers, that that would be a mistake [sending additional U.S. troops to take on ISIS]."
"A strategy has to be one that can be sustained. Given the fact there are sacrifices involved in any military action, it is best that we don’t shoot first and aim later. It’s important for us to get the strategy right, and the strategy that we are pursuing is the right one."
"My only interest is to end suffering and to keep the American people safe. If there is a good idea out there, then we’re going to do it."
"Folks want to pop off and have opinions on what they think they would do, present a specific plan. If they think that somehow their advisers are better than the chairman of my Joint Chiefs of Staff or the folks on the ground, I want to meet them and we can have that debate."
"What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership, or America winning or whatever slogans they come up with, that has no relationship to what is actually going to work to protect the American people and protect people in the region who are getting killed. I’m too busy for that.”
"Let’s assume we were to send 50,000 troops into Syria. What happens when there is a terrorist attack generated from Yemen? Do we then send more troops into there or Libya perhaps?"
U.S. President Barack Obama

"I would anticipate that this is not the only operation that ISIL has in the pipeline."
"It is clear to me that ISIL has an external agenda that they are determined to carry out these kinds of attacks. This is not something that was done in a matter of days. This was something that was deliberately and carefully planned over the course of several months."
CIA Director John Brennan 
These are random events that shock and target Western countries. America had its colossal trauma that warned the world that a new order of organized terror capable of mounting unprecedented attacks was on the horizon. Britain, Spain and Indonesia had their moments of excruciating shock and the pain of loss. Not to mention, of course the paroxysms of inner conflict within Islam itself collapsing any vestige of civility that acted as a screen shielding the dysfunction of sectarian hatreds bubbling under the surface of communities in the Middle East, South Asia and  Africa.

These are all countries that have evinced little concern and/or sympathy for a country and a nation that stands out for its differences; the only country in the world dedicated to the preservation of the world's Jews, that perennial scapegoat in world affairs. The scapegoat remains a scapegoat, too convenient as an all-purpose blaming tool to be set aside. Besides, classic anti-Semitism has it that Jews deserve the ostracism and the unpleasant side-effects that come with.

Aside from enabling others to vent their own frustrations, hatreds and despair. This is the one country of the world that has had to defend itself time and again from the onslaughts of combined armies representing the interests of their closest geographical neighbours. When those formalized military adventures in ridding the neighbourhood of an unwanted presence failed, the banner was handed over to informal militias known as Islamist terrorist groups who somehow manage to find sympathy in the West even while they threaten the existence of a democratic state.

So, in the interests of preserving themselves, it would seem to make sense for Western countries finding themselves under siege to consult with the one country on the front line of threats from the very same Islamist groups that concern them. This is a nation, after all, for whom attacks are not merely occasional and random, but frequent and focused. This is a nation which has had ample opportunity to fine-tune their response, let alone their pre-emption of the need to respond, through proaction over reaction.

But sometimes decoys are used, even if they're not named as such or even recognized as such. In the hope, perhaps that spleen will be adequately vented against one source of irritation to a perpetually angry group feeling itself victimized by some ill fate that they attribute to another source. And that hatred and anger, venting itself will, the hope goes, dissipate and the target source, though battered, will go on, since they always do, to live another day. And the imminent threat has thus been defused.

As, for example, last year when pro-Palestinian demonstrations with ample black and white ISIS banners in view, shouted their raging hatred for Jews. Thousands of protesters, Muslims as well as their local supporters on the left, chanting "Mort aux Juifes! Mort aux Juifs!, offering to complete what the Holocaust failed to adequately finalize; visiting violence on French Jews, on the symbols of Judaism, on their presence where they should not be; translated as anywhere on Earth.

Meanwhile, French citizens who have surrendered to Islam plot to take vengeance on their land of birth, where they have been socialized, educated, employed, raise families, but are mortified to be living among non-believers, infidels, the filth of the Crusading West which wages war on Islam. These can be Muslims living among non-Muslims, albeit in geographical cliques set apart, but sharing a town, as an example.

As an example take Ismael Omar Mostefal, 29, the first of the identified attackers, born in France to an Algerian father and a Portuguese mother. "It was a normal family, just like everybody else. He played with my children. He never spoke about religion. He was normal. He had a joie de vivre. He laughed a lot", said the former neighbour, insisting on anonymity. But the president of a local Muslim group, Ben Bammou, had no wish for anonymity.

He recalled Ismael Omar Mostefal, as "timid", leaving the Muslim community of Chartres where the attacker grew up confused, wondering what had happened. "We're grieving, like everyone else", he explained. "Everyone was shocked when we learned this last night and this morning" said another neighbour, Arnauld Froissart, remembering that Mostefal and his family were "very nice". "I've lived in this neighbourhood since 1986 and there's no problem here", he said.

But Mayor Jean-Pierre Gorges of Chartres appears less sanguine: "How many deaths will occur before our political leaders understand and take action", he asks in despair, describing how he feels: "emotion, incomprehension and anger". He wants to see strong action and he isn't eager for full information on that anger. "Our leaders don't need to prove they are legitimate: We have elected them, so they take responsibility of the executive power of the republic. Their duty is to act effectively and ultimately we don't need to know how."

But that would never, ever do. Besides, there are always the canaries in the coal mine. And all in good time; France now, the rest by and by.... Come to think of it, if France and Russia have been targeted in reflection of their irritant-factor to Islamic State thanks to their bombing missions that are so inconvenient to the plans of the caliphate over its destiny, perhaps the power that heads up the coalition bombing missions targeting ISIL should think twice and then a third time over the consequences of inaction; Yemen has no ISIL strength yet, but it does have Iran.

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