I Am Against The Paris Incident, But France Is Not Innocent
09 January 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
To begin with, I unhesitatingly condemn the attack on
the Charlie Hebdo Satirical weekly magazine in Paris.
I believe it is always wrong and unforgivable to kill
innocent people. Moreover, this sort of actions,
besides being morally wrong, also harms French and
other Western Muslims enormously
True, the act of mocking the Prophet of Islam is not a
cause worth defending. It did hurt the feelings of
hundreds of millions around the world.
However, murdering people is not exactly the right
response to the French magazine's blasphemy. In the
final analysis, one can't fight a crime by committing
a greater crime. It is also never sufficient to have a
rightful cause to respond in an uncalculated manner.
It is never enough to be right; one has to be wise as
well, especially in this complex world.
I realize that many writers are under an immense
pressure to go with the flow, namely denounce "the
evil terrorists" while expressing empathy and
solidarity with France. I do sympathize with the
families of the victims, but I admit I have no
sympathy with the French government. In the final
analysis, one must be faithful to one's conscience and
intellectual honesty and France is never innocent
especially in its approach to Muslims, past and
In fact, I dare claim that French behavior has made
this terrorist act inevitable, however outrageous it
France, after all, has been murdering Muslims in
droves since time immemorial.
France killed at least two million Muslims in North
Africa and a third million in Sub-Saharan Africa.
France, which is now complaining about beheadings by
IS, beheaded thousands of Moroccans between 1920-and
In recent months, France effectively enabled barbarian
Christians to carry out a shocking ethnic cleansing
genocide in Central Africa.
About two decades ago, France collaborated with the
Algerian military to decapitate the country's nascent
democracy, triggering a protracted reign of terror
that claimed hundreds of thousands of innocent
Algerians. Unfortunately, this reign of terror is yet
to come to an end.
In the mid-1950s, France gave Israel the Dimona atomic
reactor which enable the Nazi-like Zionist entity to
manufacture numerous nuclear bombs and warheads and
therefore hold the entire Middle East hostage as well
as pursue a policy based on lebensraum vis-à-vis the
Palestinians and other peoples of the Middle East.
Indeed, it was mainly French weapons that enabled
Israel to occupy the rest of Palestine as well as the
Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula in 1967.
Now, as I write these words, French warplanes are
raining death on Muslims in Syria and Iraq, while
allowing murderous Iran-backed militias to annihilate
Despite all this evil legacy, the vast majority (99%)
of Muslims are still against terror in the name of
Islam or in any other name.
Today, Muslims are more or less the premier victims of
terror and mass murder. They are being murdered every
hour, every day, every week and all year long because
they want to be free.
They are being murdered in Palestine, Myanmar, Syria,
Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. And when some stray
Muslims carry out a terrorist act here or there out of
desperation, the entire west loses its composure,
ignores its own mega terror against Muslims, and
starts making its usual hypocritical outcries, very
much like Binyamin Netanyahu does, when he calls
Palestinian freedom-fighters "terrorists and
murderers", while forgetting what his own shitty
country did and is doing to them.
Do not get me wrong. I am against all acts of violence
and terror, especially those targeting innocent
However, it is an expression of utter hypocrisy and
dishonesty for the French and other westerners to
claim a higher moral-ground in comparison to al-Qaeda
or IS, or indeed mainstream Muslims.
Nay, you have been far more evil and diabolical. You
have destroyed nations and killed millions.
The Americans, who murdered 15 million native
Americans in north America and called the genocide
"Manifest Destiny" didn't content themselves with
murdering two million Iraqis, they saturated the Iraqi
environment with depleted uranium that will continue
to kill Iraqis, young and old, and even the yet-to-be
be born, for 50,000 years to come.
So, please! We have had enough of your hypocrisy and
A final word; I must view with utter contempt the
claim that the Paris incident was an attack against
press freedom and freedom of expression. We all know
that the attack was actually a revenge for France's
military aggression against Muslims. Calling it an
attack on press freedom and western liberalism is
therefore childish and stupid.
Besides, since when did the West really care about
human rights and civil liberties, including press
Doesn't the West, with all its strength, stand behind
states that deny their people even the most elementary
human rights and freedoms?
Even in the West itself, we are very familiar with the
scandalous double standards related to this false
Thus, mocking the Prophet of Islam is considered part
of the sacred traditions of press freedom.
However, questioning the authenticity of Holocaust
narratives or criticizing Israel's Nazi-like crimes
against the helpless Palestinians is an expression of
virulent anti-Semitism, the practitioner of which must
be hounded like pariahs, imprisoned or forced to
resign from his job.
Well, there are always people on the Muslim side who
would argue rather convincingly that if the West has
the right to be enslaved by the Golem of
Anti-Semitism, Muslims worldwide likewise have at
least an equal right to defend their religious
Well, how about mutual respect?
Khalid Amayreh is an American-educated Palestinian
journalist and political commentator living in the