Paris has again become a battlefield. Dozens killed, hundreds injured and the same slogans response of the French government against the jihadist attack that had already been heard in the United States and Spain when similar actions generated identical massacres.
Facing horror, the response is more horror. That’s the completely light-minded chatter in the headlines of major media, that "now war has begun," feeding the idea that (either directly or covertly) that the Arab and Muslim world is striking against the sacrosanct French democracy. Meanwhile they know that almost the entire Arab and Muslim community rejects the ISIS and their protectors.
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is quite correct when, after mourning for the victims of the attacks, he reminds us: "France learned yesterday what we have been living with in Syria for the last five years." And who is saying it is precisely someone who has tried countless times, as the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had done before him, to convince the French rulers not to arm, not to provide logistics and millions of dollars for mercenary armies who have sown terror, death and driven into desperate exile hundreds of thousands of Syrians and Iraqis. On each occasion that this message resounded in international forums, the French position was always the same: to reaffirm their belief that exporting war, siding with NATO and subordinating itself to Washington’s imperial mandate, "the Syrian problem," that is, the much sought overthrow of Assad, would be the result.
Clearly, as it happened to the Spanish right-wing rulers 11M 2004 [March 11, with a bomb attack at Atocha station in Madrid], they shot themselves in the foot. On that occasion, jihadism, which Spain and its alliance with NATO had wanted to fight through its presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, decided to respond with the same medicine, and as in Paris now, those who pay the mistakes of the powerful are always the ordinary citizens; their only guilt, if they have any, was perhaps to vote for and catapult to the presidency these serial murderers who then condemn them to death. Now, as it happened with a similar scenario as with the slaughter of Charlie Hebdo, we hear once again the much-repeated hypocritical considerations. All together, the European honchos promise more repressive measures, more censorship and more manufacturing of military weapons to feed interventions. They swear, "Today we are France" instead of promising to the victims: "We will leave NATO."
With these and similar attitudes they expose, along with the murderers of jihadism who do not in any way represent Islam, that they - Hollande, Sarkozy Rajoy, Merkel and those who sponsor them from the Pentagon -- are the ones primarily responsible for these barbaric actions. They have fed into it by endlessly persecuting the Muslims on the outskirts of Paris and other French cities, denying them places for their prayers in or carrying out raids in mosques where it was common to practice peacefully their right to prayer. There are, for example, those laws since 2011 that prohibit the wearing of headscarves and Islamic skirt and the burka in public spaces, without placing the same restrictions on French citizens who profess Judaism.
They are segregating the Islamic world and displaying it to French society as "the enemy" in the same way that Israel has done to the Palestinians for over six decades. It is no mystery to anyone, especially to the undervalued French intelligence services, that many of those people downtrodden, unemployed and persecuted by draconian and racist laws who inhabit the Paris "Banlieue" were co-opted first by the Al Nusra Front and then directly ISIS to be part of the experience of terror in Syria and Iraq. What is most paradoxical is that they came from French territory on numerous occasions with the approval of a government that considered they its “vanguard troops.”
At that time, when these mercenaries carried out massacres in Mosul, Raqqa, Aleppo, Homs and Palmyra, it was no concern to Sarkozy or Hollande. The victims were "collateral damage" far from the Parisian comfort that until then seemed shielded and inviolable. They did not say anything too loud about the bloody attack this week in Lebanon, which was certainly celebrated in Tel Aviv or in the White House, because this time the killing occurred in a neighborhood controlled by Hezbollah. In this case, the dead were as much Arab as the Palestinians killed these days in the West Bank or Gaza, and their names mean nothing for the corporate media, nor does the pain of their families or the horrific images of their destroyed homes.
This has only one name: double standards, lying practices, and hatred for those different. What has now happened in Paris also has another equally important explanation. In recent months in the Syrian arena an event occurred that changed the balance of power. Russia stepped in to the rescue of a government and a people besieged by terror, and did it its own way, achieving immediate success in the fight against ISIS and showing that all the earlier actions, propagandized by NATO and the United States, had been a gigantic sham. Beaten in their main bases, with many of their stores of arms destroyed and feeling betrayed by those who coddled them from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Western countries, many of the mercenaries, including the Europeans, opted to return to their places of origin. This was so obvious that some French analysts anticipated their "return" and said that "now the danger can blow up at our own feet."
That's what’s involved with this despicable jihadi revenge, that beyond the false cries of those who govern, should be an urgent call to French society, as well as others on the European continent, which should decide to question their political leaders and make them abandon precisely their expansionist, interventionist and authoritarian agenda.
They must stop the xenophobic behavior, such as what occurred within hours of the attacks, when someone set a fire in a migrant refugee camp in Calais. They must look to those fleeing wars caused by NATO as brothers and not enemies. They must shift to humanitarian behavior and not seek excuses where there are only men and women who want to be treated as such and not as second-class citizens.
Perhaps these circumstances marked by pain can serve as a turning point to find a different starting point. If this does not happen, as seems likely having seen what we’ve seen, no one, absolutely no one is entitled to wonder, when the horror is repeated: "Why us...? Paris again became a battlefield. Dozens killed, hundreds injured and the same slogans response of the French government against the jihadist attack that had already been heard in the United States and Spain when similar actions generated identical massacres.