The forces of darkness are out in their hate filled numbers condemning Muslims, all Muslims, because of the atrocity in Paris, their position as is often the case is completely untenable. The backgrounds of the perpetrators are depressingly analogous, they are immigrants or children of immigrants who occupy the lowest rungs of society and are stigmatised. The children of immigrants have a tendency not to accept the suffering that their parents did, this is because they are not in fact immigrants but still treated as if they are, this causes resentment and becomes a breeding ground for fanaticism and it is not of course peculiar to France. It cannot be emphasised enough that the overwhelming majority of immigrants and their families of all kinds including Muslims are hard working decent law abiding citizens; this description is being challenged by the usual twisted suspects like UKIP, The National Front, The English Defence league, The Scottish Defence League and others including the undisputed king of squalor and hatred himself Rupert Murdoch. Never ones to miss an opportunity to widen their sinister power our own nest of spooks in MI5 and MI6 are demanding more power to spy on everyone, people should consider carefully that the perpetrators of the Paris attacks were already known to French anti terrorist organisations who were unable to stop them, more spies monitoring all of us clearly is not the answer.
One of the most worrying aspects of this situation is the apparent increase in danger for the Jewish people, angry zealots are not known for being rational and the threat to Jewish people stems from the treatment of the Palestinians most of them Muslims by the State of Israel. It is vitally important to emphasise that Israel and the Jewish people are not the same thing and that Israel does not speak for Jews across the world, many Jews are in fact as opposed the actions of the State of Israel as I and many others are. Not enough is being done to publicise the fact that Jews are not responsible for the problems of Palestinian Muslims Israel is. Action by world leaders against Israel would go a long way to ease tensions with Muslims worldwide.
There are very few dangerous and brutal events in the world today which cannot be made worse by the arrival of Benjamin Netanyahu the Israeli Prime Minister, and Paris proved no exception. The orchestrator of the slaughter of 1,400 Muslim men women and children in the last recent atrocity by Israel called ‘cast lead’ appeared at the French funerals as if his hands were clean, and Israeli representatives used the situation to blame Palestinians thus demonstrating wretched opportunism. Meanwhile Jewish people in various parts of the world are living in fear; this is a scandal which has to be tackled as a matter of urgency.
We would do well to consider that ‘free speech’ does not exist in any country that we know of, all countries can find a reason for locking people up for incitement of one kind or another, some do so more than others. There is only one way to eradicate such incidents and that is to rid societies of the circumstances where such hatred and fanaticism breed. The atrocities committed in Ireland by Christians against Christians and the slaughter of all those young people by that clean cut intelligent Norwegian Christian fanatic do not mean that all Christians are like that, nor are all Muslims like the killers in Paris.
Not so long ago a satirical piece appeared in a magazine here in the UK, the target of the satire was Scotland, it called Scotland ‘Skintland’ along with other similar jokes, I thought it was clever and funny. The first minister alex salmond however found it worthy of becoming Incandescent with rage and he stated that “they (the magazine) would rue the day that they insulted Scotland”. He was of course posturing as usual but, did he stop to wonder who was listening to him and what some people might have thought he meant?.
Here is The Guardian cartoonist Joe Sacco from Sat. 10 January “what makes Muslims unable to laugh off a mere image. If we decide it’s because there is something deeply wrong with the killers – then we must drive them from their homes and into the sea...for that is going to be far easier than sorting out how we fit in each other’s worlds”. Is that really what we want?.