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Seumas Milne: Charlie Had it Coming to them.

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Charlie: Pornographic Humiliation of Muslims – had it coming to them.

Paris is a warning: there is no insulation from our wars writes in the Guardian.

The attacks in France are a blowback from intervention in the Arab and Muslim world. What happens there happens here too

Nothing remotely justifies the murderous assault on Charlie Hebdo’s journalists, still less on the Jewish victims singled out only for their religious and ethnic identity.

But…….

What has become brutally obvious in the past week, however, is the gulf that separates the official view of French state policy at home and abroad and how it is seen by many of the country’s Muslim citizens. That’s true in Britain too, of course. But what is hailed by white France as a colour-blind secularism that ensures equality for all is experienced by many Muslims as discrimination and denial of basic liberties.

What of Charlie?

Charlie Hebdo claims to be an “equal opportunities offender”, abusing all religions alike. The reality, as one of its former journalists put it, has been an “Islamophobic neurosis” that focused its racialised baiting on the most marginalised section of the population. This wasn’t just “depictions” of the prophet, but repeated pornographic humiliation.

I will not dignify this cack with longer extracts but note this conclusion, and note it well,

Europeans are fortunate that terrorist outrages have been relatively rare. But a price has been paid in loss of freedoms, growing antisemitism and rampant Islamophobia. So long as we allow this war to continue indefinitely, the threats will grow. In a globalised world, there’s no insulation. What happens there ends up happening here too.

What goes around, comes around.

They had it coming to them…..

Written by Andrew Coates

January 15, 2015 at 11:24 am

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  1. A wretched article, even by Shameless’s usual standards. Good to see that the BTL commenters are overwhelmingly highly critical, giving Shameless and his ultra-banal “blow-back” theorising a serious roasting. The most hostile response to an article by Shameless I’ve ever seen at CiF.

    Jim Denham

    January 15, 2015 at 9:04 pm

  2. He really is an arse isn’t he?

    I wish I got paid to spout off on international politics – hold on, I know something about them….

    Andrew Coates

    January 16, 2015 at 5:37 pm

  3. He’s a particularly sinister and nasty piece of work. I read the article and it stands there with his sneering at irans protesters and the crowing after 9/11. Without doubt he is very sympathetic towards Islamic militancy and you can’t help but feel that this is not unconnected to the far lefts admiration for austerity, control and bigotry

    cpcmcreditmanagement

    February 22, 2015 at 5:13 pm


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