Will the Real Charlie Please Stand Up!

17 people die in Paris and media outlets are screaming red alert! I had no idea CNN and FOX had so many terror experts.  It seams terror experts are to the 2000’s what M.B.A.’s were to the 80’s; highly in demand whether certified online, or by mail order.   An intensive debate on the right to “freedom of speech” and whether Moslems are inherently “violent” is what’s “trending”.   Not to be callous or anything, it’s a good thing that once in a while a white person is attacked so we can have a serious debate on the state of humanity and our role in creating it. Wishful thinking… I know.

TinTin au Congo!

TinTin au Congo!

17 people die and over 3 million come out to show outrage. Forty world leaders march in solidarity with the rights of the journalists in what one reporter called the circus of hypocrisy, featuring among others, the likes of Bibi Netanyahu and the Saudi Ambassador, serial human rights abusers and free speech deniers who have suddenly found their inner Charlies.

The attack on Charlie Hebdo is called the 9/11 of France, the memory of which has been permanently kept on life support, resuscitated every year to great fanfare, using the death of 2,977 Americans as a platform to launch extensive assaults across the Moslem world from Afghanistan and Iraq to the Arab Peninsula and the Horn of Africa; extending to the sub-Saharan continent where African leaders can now brutally suppress political dissent with Western support and CIA supplied arms under the guise of “War on Terror”.

Fourteen years later, after over a trillion spent, hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced, we flick the news channels and pontificate as to whether ISIS is the true representation of the violent message of Islam even as we make a case for torture “if it leads to good intelligence.”

The Western mainstream consensus is clear not only in the media; but among nouveau liberals like Bill Maher and even many educated elite of the Moslem world who are suddenly welcomed on TV and publications as experts on their world to confirm what the West has always suspected: Islam is a backward religions; the “mother lode of bad ideas”. It is inherently violent and intolerant. These folks will kill you if you offend them!

Mark Twain was right.   History does not quite repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme!

It wasn’t too long ago when similar arguments were made against “Blacks”.   Look at the African continent – they would say.  It’s never amounted to anything.  Billions of dollars in aid and still nothing to show for it. Africans rank the lowest on every development scale. Is it any wonder that their decedents are living marginal lives in America?   African Americans should take responsibility for their cultural short comings – they would say.  It’s part of their heritage.

I am not personally against making general statements.  Even repulsive, or stupid ones – all in the good spirit of freedom of speech of course – but do lets examine a brief history of the 20th century for a quick reality check of the human violence scale.

17 Million killed in WW I – started by Christians

60 Million killed in WW II – started by Christians

6 million Jews burned during the holocaust – by Christians

20 million killed in the Gulag – by Christians

3 million dead in the Vietnam War and Indochina – funded, waged and prolonged by Christians

10 million killed in the Congo during the colonial times – by Christians

Many more killed, tortured and maimed defending the “free world” from the threat of communism by proxy wars and death squads in Africa, Asia and Latin America – by Christians. And we won’t even mention the near annihilation of the Indian population in the Americas when the continent was “discovered” – by Christians.

As for the instruments of “Terror”:  Twelve out of fifteen top Arms producing countries are Christians!   The other three are Israel, China & Korea – just in case you were under the illusion that violence is the monopoly of any one particular group.

It is obscene that we can justify avenging the death of 2,977 on 9/11 by a full scale destruction of two countries; and that a single beheading of a white person can trigger a national call for military attack, when the death of thousands of Iraqis and Afghanis is written off as collateral damage.

It is obscene that the death of 17 people in Paris can bring out millions in solidarity, when the mass murder of thousands in Gaza evokes a simple “reprimand”!

It is obscene that despite 14 years of indiscriminate “war on terror” and drone assassinations whenever and wherever; despite the barbarism of extra-ordinary renditions and institutionalization of torture, we still have the unbelievable chutzpah to decide who is a terrorist and who is not.

All I can say is that it’s good to own the major news networks.   You can manufacture opinion & mobilize consent – simple minded audience willing of course.

As for all our assertions about the right to freedom of speech – It’s a hollow mantra readily dismantled when the tables are reversed.

Today, you would likely not be able to publish a book called Tin Tin in The Congo; and when the New York Post depicted a monkey with the caption: “who would write the next stimulus bill” there was an uproar.  Burning the American flag lands you a fine and I guarantee a speedy end to your career, if you even think of portraying an avaricious repulsive Jew like the Fagin character in Oliver Twist under the banner of freedom of speech and artistic expression.

You see – despite all the solidarity pledges of the born-again Charlies in this country, freedom of speech has its strict limits at least for the protected groups who have fought for the privilege.   After all it was only a few months ago that Donald Sterling was put on public trial and forced to sell the Clippers for having privately mentioned that he did not want black people at his games.  And Helen Thomas, the distinguished first chair white house correspondent was asked to resign after suggesting that the Eastern European Jews should return to Poland and Germany instead of taking Palestinian land.  In this case, if there were voices raised in defense of freedom of speech, they remained in the fringes.

In this country we fight for freedom of speech for all the things we already agree with, or else to assert our rights to indulge in the kind of third rate mindless entertainment like the “Interview” which would otherwise die at the box office without so much as a single rotten tomato were we not to jump to its validation like a three year old just because we were told not to go see it.

So fascist liberals like Bill Maher, terrified mainstream consumers and the self proclaimed enlightened elite of the Moslem world who have joined the Islamophobia bandwagon if nothing but to prove they are so westernized they can spit on their own to show just how well assimilated they are, may have only succeeded in energizing the causes of bigotry.  Perhaps the repression of the era of political correctness finally brimmed over leaving Islam as the safest target.

I don’t blame them.  After all what better target than a people so desperate, frustrated and disenfranchised whose God needs them for protection!

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