Hypocrisy in Paris: By Western Oppressors Vital To Oppose
10 January 2015
By Stephen Lendman
Sunday headlines said huge crowds massed in Paris.
Protected by "unparalleled" security, according to AP.
Including thousands of police and military forces.
Along the two-mile Boulevarde Voltaire route marchers
An "unprecedented tribute," said Reuters. Showing
"unity and defiance," claimed The New York Times.
"(S)olidarity following three days of terrorist
attacks that badly shook the nation," said the
"Paris displays defiance with huge rally," headlined
the Wall Street Journal.
"Paris urged to 'come in numbers' to defy Islamist
terror," said the Los Angeles Times.
London's Guardian said one million "expected for
Al Jazeera headlined "Huge crowds attend Paris
BBC said "Vast Paris rally…Unity after 17 people were
killed during three days of deadly attacks."
Le Figero said "(A)ll major (Parisian) streets are
saturated" leading to "place de la Republique."
Le Monde headlined "(H)uge crowds marched against
terrorism in Paris and France."
An invitation circulating on social media said:
"Indignation. Resistance. Solidarity, I am Charlie."
Organizers said Sunday's rally expressed solidarity
for "freedom of the press. (F)reedom of speech. France
won't be cowed by terrorists."
Around 40 world leaders attended. Reuters said 44.
Some reports said 50. Including around two dozen
Western European ones.
Current French President Francois Hollande and former
one Nicolas Sarkozy were accompanied by Germany's
Angela Merkel. Britain's David Cameron.
Spain's Mariano Rajoy. Italy's Matteo Renzi. EU
Council President Donald Tusk. EU Commission President
Other European leaders. Eight African ones. Outgoing
US Attorney General Eric Holder and US ambassador to
France Jane Hartley representing America.
Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney represents
Canada. Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister
Avigdor Lieberman represent Israel.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov represents Russia.
Putschist/oligarch president Petro Poroshenko
NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoletenberg is there.
So is European Parliament President Martin Schulz.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon came. Palestinian
president Mahmoud Abbas arrived.
One source lists the following participating countries
in alphabetical order:
Albania. Algeria. Austria. Belgium. Benin. Britain.
Bulgaria. Canada. Croatia. Czech Republic. Denmark.
Gabon. Egypt. Finland. Georgia.
Germany. Greece. Hungary. Israel. Jordan. Latvia.
Niger. Mali. Palestine. Poland. Portugal. Romania.
Russia. Spain. Sweden. Switzerland.
The Netherlands. Tunisia. Turkey. United Arab
Emirates. Ukraine. United States.
To encourage turnout, public transport into and
throughout Paris is free on Sunday. International
train operator Thalys cut fares to the capital.
Right-wing National Front leader Marine Le Pen urged
her supporters to rally outside Paris. In retaliation
for exclusion from event preparations.
French officials condemned Paris killings. The way US
ones denounced the deaths of New York police officers
Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.
"(M)ourning the loss of these brave souls," said New
York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Vice President Biden
joined him on site. Obama sent a message of
In response to last week's Paris killings, he
ludicrously called them "an attack on journalists…on
our free press,,,underscor(ing) the degree to which
these terrorists fear freedom."
"(O)ur thoughts and prayers are with the families of
those who've been lost in France, and with the people
of Paris and the people of France."
Obama's comments are rife with hypocrisy. Other
Western leaders voice similar Big Lies.
Israel's Netanyayu is a serial liar. US-led NATO
leaders and Netanyahu are war criminals multiple times
Who mourns for millions US-dominated NATO victims?
Murdered in cold blood? Noncombatant men, women and
Lost Palestinian lives. Slaughtered by Israel. Others
What about on average one defenseless Black youth per
day killed by US cops?
Who holds solidarity marches for justice? Mourns
victims. Supports surviving family members. Rallies
Demands state-sponsored terrorism end. The madness of
one imperial war after another. Senseless slaughter
Trillions of dollars down a black hole of war
profiteering, waste, fraud and abuse. Wars are dirty.
Merciless. Unjust. Lawless.
Good ones don't exist. Poet Robert Burns said "(m)ore
inhumanity has been done by man himself than any other
of nature's causes."
"Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands
mourn." Out of sight and mind worldwide. Every day of
Who notices their suffering? Who explains their grief?
Who televises it?
What world leaders express solidarity? Which ones
demand no more wars?
George Santanyana said "(o)nly the dead have seen the
end of war."
Howard Zinn denounced the myth of good wars.
Preventing peace. Perpetuating violence.
WW II was worst of all. WW III if waged will be the
war to end all future ones. Today's destructive WMDs
can end life on earth.
Zinn said "(w)e need to decide that we will not go to
war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians
or the media, because war in our time is always
indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against
No "flag (is) large enough to cover the shame of
killing (millions) of innocent people."
Over a century ago, Mark Twain expressed outrage about
America slaughtering Filipinos. Things were like today
on a smaller scale.
Imperial conquest is vicious. Having nothing to do
with liberating oppressed people.
Or championing democracy. Free expression. A free
press. Freedom of assembly, association, and religion.
The right of people to hold ruling authorities
accountable. Receive redress for grievances. Institute
governance of, by and for everyone. Equitably and
just. A new dawn.
Mark Twain said "I have seen that we do not intend to
free, but to subjugate the people of the Philippines."
"We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem."
"And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to
having the eagle put its talons on any other land."
"We have pacified some thousands of the islanders and
buried them; destroyed their fields, burned their
villages, turned their widows and orphans
out-of-doors, (and) subjugated the remaining ten
million by Benevolent Assimilation, which is the pious
new name of the musket..."
He proposed a new American flag. Envisioning one "with
the white stripes painted black and the stars replaced
by the skull and cross-bones."
Appalled that General Jacob Smith ordered his troops
to "kill and burn."
"(T)his is no time to take prisoners," he said. (T)he
more you kill and burn, the better."
"Kill all above the age of ten. (T)urn (the
Philippines into) a howling wilderness."
Wars are lunatic acts. Resolving nothing. Preventing
any hope for peace. Begetting endless violence.
Waging perpetual wars reflects official US policy.
Crimes of war, against humanity and genocide follow.
Millions of corpses attest to America's barbarity.
Paris mourns 17 lost lives. Avoidable tragedies.
Victims deserving to live. Get equitable and just
Who mourns for the daily victims of US-dominated NATO
ruthlessness? From ongoing imperial direct and proxy
Endless ones. Countless millions affected worldwide.
The dead, dying, mutilated, suffering, deprived and
Who rallies on their behalf? Who demands lawless
imperial slaughter end? Who accepts nothing less than
peace, equity and justice?
Who puts their bodies on the line for them? Who
resists growing tyranny in Western societies?
Who fights for democratic freedoms fast slipping away?
Who demands responsible governments replace
ill-serving ones? Who goes all out for what matters
Public rallies achieve nothing. Nor high-minded
rhetoric. Committed grassroots activism for change
Sustained for the long haul. No matter the cost. The
alternative is continued subjugation. Ruler/serf
societies. Ones unfit to live in.
The kind Washington intends instituting worldwide.
Unless mass public outrage stops it once and for all.
Rally for right over wrong daily. Support what matters
most. Forget about Je suis Charlie.
Propaganda rubbish shoved down our throats. By Western
oppressors vital to oppose. The fundamental issue of
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