Thursday, 22 March 2012

From Tariq Ramadan's blog.
The Lessons of Toulouse

Mohamed Merah's problem was neither religion nor politics. A French citizen, frustrated at not finding his place, his dignity, and a purpose to life in his country, he was going to find two political causes to express his contempt: the Afghan and Palestinian peoples. He attacks symbols, the army, and kills Jews, Christians, Muslims without distinction. He expresses the political thought of a puzzled young adult which is not filled with the values of Islam, nor by racist or anti-semitic thoughts.

...A poor boy, blameworthy and to be condemned, no doubt, even if he was himself the victim of a social order which had already condemned him, him and millions of others, to marginality, to non-recognition of his status as a citizen with equal rights and opportunities.

...Very early on, his destiny was chained very early to the perception people had of his origins. In provocation, he came full circle: he lost himself in this image, as deformed as it is degrading, to become the definitive "Other". For the French people of France, there is no longer anything French in the Arab Muslim Mohamed.

The story of Mohamed Merah holds the mirror up to France: he ended up as a jihadist without real conviction after having been a citizen without real dignity.

So, basically, according to Brother Tariq, evil French racists and Islamophobes are to blame. Back in the real world, though, the only reason Merah was denied admission to the French military was that he had a long criminal record.

UPDATE: I only translated part of Ramadan's blog post. A full English translation of it has now appeared here.


Mullah Lodabullah said...

Groundhog can go back to sleep for six weeks...

Anonymous said...

Terrific essay

The New Nazis

There was a time when Jewish children were hunted down and killed in France. Their killers believed themselves to be members of a superior group that was destined to rule the world and enslave or exterminate members of inferior groups. The cowardice and appeasement of the French authorities allowed them to operate freely, to kill Jews and launch attacks on other countries.

The old Nazis marched in at the head of an army. The new Nazis bought a plane ticket. The old Nazis had to get by the French Armed Forces and the Royal Air Force. The new Nazis are welcomed in and anyone who says a word otherwise faces trials and jail sentences. The old Nazis deported Jews to camps. The new Nazis kill them right in the cities. And the killing will not stop until the Muslim occupation of Europe comes to an end.

Anonymous said...

Oh Ramadan, give me a break. We have comprehended what the mohammedan invasion means to us and want only 1 thing: undo it, plus hold those responsable accountable.

Anonymous said...

The fault lies not with Muslims who have been allowed in but with the ruling elite of the EU who have, with malice conspired top betray the people of Europe.

There has to be a Nuremburg style trial for these Quislings, with appropriate punishment if found guilty.

Anonymous said...

Sure, DP111, but we need to get rid of the intruders as well - with the possible exception of those who truly have left islam.

The well-known fleet of decomissioned US navy bigships would come in handy, together with a gigantic, not too comfortable camp to be stablished at Thule/Greenland. From there, they can then be reprocessed to their countries of origin.

Another option reuiring russian co-op would be the temporary recycling of their gulag archipelago.

I was the 'unknown' (23 March 2012 06:55) you appartently reacted to, didn't know my id wouldn't be retrieved automatically.

Michael Laudahn

Anonymous said...

Tariq has been accused in the 1990s' of anti-Semitism,{[ Philip Carmel, "Muslim fundamentalist hero of anti-global crowd," JTA, November 30, 1999]} and criticized for injecting false 'victimhood'{[ Paul Sheehan, "It's wrong to make victim of child killer," Sydney Morning Herald, March 29, 2012]}{[,7340,L-4209729,00.html Manfred Gerstenfeld, "Killer becomes a 'victim.'" Op-ed: False notion of 'Muslim victimhood' raises its head in wake of Toulouse murders. Ynet, March 29, 2012]} in Mohamed Merah's{[,7340,L-4207446,00.html Roi Simyoni, "Merah felt 'endless pleasure' during school massacre." Ynetnews, March 25, 2012]} racist{[ "France shootings siege: Live Report," AFP, Mar 21, 2012] []} Jewish school massacre in March 2012 described as "Nazi-like crimes," in Al-arabiya.{[ Randa Takieddine, "Protecting secularism in France," Al Arabiya, 29 March 2012]}

Free greetings said...

Happy Ramadan To every body

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