Sunday, January 11, 2015

Je ne suis pas Charlie

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Last week, Glenn Beck  stood by Charlie Hebdo while making it clear he rejects their offensive cartoons (thinks they’re disgusting and unfunny). He doesn’t believe anyone should insult anyone’s religious faith. He then completely contradicted himself, yet again, and proclaimed “We should all be Charlies today.”

Watch the video below, via BlazeTV:

The attack on Charlie Hebdo occurred for a complex of reasons, and Islam is the tool used by militants to address this complex which includes the American Empire. The empire, working in sequence after the British Empire, has penetrated the Middle East politically, economically, militarily and culturally. The attacks on the West are attempts to reject that political, economic, military and cultural penetration and establish Islamic state(s).

Symbolism matters, and the reactionary Islamists have demanded that Mohammed NOT be depicted, much like American blacks have demanded a cessation of the use of the N-word.

Even the far right (Beck, Shawn Hannity, Sarah Palin, World Net Daily, Senator Cruz, et al) do not use the N-word because it's toxic. It's politically incorrect. It's an indicator of racism. It's perfectly legal, but it is ethically wrong. It is insulting and a form of verbal bullying.

Je ne suis pas Charlie. Why not? Because if we want peace, we have to stop gratuitously insulting people we don't understand. It's perfectly legal to depict the Prophet Mohammed, but just because it can be done does not mean it should be done. Beck came close to this reasoning, but then he illogically stood with Charlie Hebdo. "Je ne suis pas Charlie" is not a call for censorship; it's a call for decency, respect and peaceful relations.


Depicting Mohammed in the manner Charlie Hebdo was comedic bigotry, not unlike using the N-word as a punchline in a joke. It's a practice that should stop, not out of fear, but out of respect for the followers of Islam.

Coupled with evacuating the Middle East (shrinking the strategic footprint) and allowing Muslim nations to sort out their own problems would represent a new foreign policy, but the one in place is a hegemonic war policy, not a peace plan.

Update, 1/12/15: Kevin Zeese, writing on the Popular Resistance blog put this attack in a context that neither Beck nor the MSM did:
Why do they hate us? The question, never honestly answered by US and western political leaders or honestly discussed in the corporate mass media, continues to arise. The answer stares us in the face yet those who continue war and militarism, under the false covers of “democracy,” “justice” and humanitarianism,” do not want it discussed because if it is discussed the finger points at their actions for the reason for terrorism.  Instead, more war and violence is called for and the cycle of killing continues.  The security state militarism makes all of us less secure.
In another opinion piece reprinted on Reader Supported News, Noam Chomsky notes the double standard for reporting and reacting to forms of terrorism:
Isaac Herzog, then, is mistaken when he says that “Terrorism is terrorism. There’s no two ways about it.” There are quite definitely two ways about it: terrorism is not terrorism when a much more severe terrorist attack is carried out by those who are Righteous by virtue of their power. Similarly, there is no assault against freedom of speech when the Righteous destroy a TV channel supportive of a government that they are attacking.
Also highly recommended is Chris Hedges' "A Message From the Dispossessed."

Nobody is condoning the violence against Charlie Hebdo; let's just understand why they/we were/are hated and the terrorism of state attacks on civilians. It's a depth of analysis you'll not hear on The Blaze.

For a summary about Glenn Beck, see "Becoming Paul Revere"

For a Mormon criticism of Mr. Beck, see "Rough Stone Soaring"
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