This video from the USA says about itself:
American Muslim Reacts To Attack In France
15 July 2016
Thom talks to caller Rachel, who is an American Muslim, about the recent attack in France and why terrorists are criminals who do not represent her religion.
What Rachel says may help to counter Islamophobic propaganda in the corporate media, now after the Nice crime, and already earlier.
However, neither Rachel nor others of the non-violent majority of Muslims have any absolute moral duty to publicly dissociate themselves from the Nice bloodbath; or from ISIS (not connected to the Nice bloodbath according to French police). Like in the case of non-Muslims, the media should presume that they reject this kind of atrocity, unless someone explicitly contradicts that.
When neo-fascist Anders Behring Breivik called himself a ‘conservative Christian’ on the Internet, and then proceeded with his bloodbaths in Oslo and on Utøya island in Norway, I did not hear anyone demand that all ‘conservative Christians’, or all Christians for that matter, should immediately in the sharpest possible way condemn Breivik; or else would be suspect of being accomplices, subject to jailing or deportation.
When Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jew Yishai Schlissel murdered 16-year-old Israeli girl Shira Banki and wounded five others for demonstrating against discrimination of LGBTQ people in Jerusalem, I did not hear anyone demand that all ‘ultra-Orthodox’ Jews, or all Jews for that matter, should immediately in the sharpest possible way condemn Mr Schlissel; or else would be suspect of being accomplices, subject to jailing or deportation (maybe some anti-Semites demanded that). Many people, including me, would regard such a reaction to Schlissel’s crime as anti-Semitism.
While the crime in Nice is similar in its bloodiness to these two crimes, it is really different ideologically.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the local truck driver who extremely probably was the perpetrator of the bloodbath in Nice, and was shot dead by police, used to drink alcohol.
Translation of what Mr Bouhlel’s next door neighbour said to France 3 TV station:
he is convinced that the attack has nothing to do with Islam. “He has nothing to do with religion, he does not pray, he does not observe Ramadan. He is a depressed man who is in divorce. He lives alone and has financial problems.”
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, Driver In Nice Attack, Wasn’t ‘Stable Psychologically,’ Family Says. The 31-year-old reportedly had no known ties to terror groups: here.
It seems that Mr Bouhlel is rather similar in some ways to the German pilot Andreas Lubitz who committed suicide by flying his plane against a French mountain, killing the passengers and crew. The link of Andreas Lubitz to Christianity, Lutheran Christianity in his case, seems to be a bit stronger than any link between Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel and Islam. As far as I know, not anyone has blamed Mr Lubitz’ suicide cum mass murder on Lutheranism; correctly so. The media should discuss the Nice bloodbath similarly.
On Twitter from Britain today:
Just had to remove graffiti at work that said “KILL ALL MUSLIMS AND CORBYN“.
Letter from Nice: The West is learning all the wrong lessons from the latest atrocity. What we witnessed in Nice was harrowing, and the response only adds to the tragedy: here.
Inside the ghettos, Muslims are fed up with being blamed for the violence of others because of a shared religion. Disaffected young Muslims in Nice insist they share nothing in common with Lahouaiej Bouhlel but they rail against the humiliations they regularly endure because of their religion: here.
Dutch Rob Wijnberg on Nice and other attacks: here.
Munich shooting: Gunman Ali David Sonboly was ‘obsessed’ with mass killings, say police. Authorities believe 18-year-old German-Iranian wanted to mark anniversary of Norway massacre carried out by Anders Breivik: here.
LOCAL authorities in the French city of Nice protested yesterday against an attempted cover-up of government incompetence over last week’s lorry attack. The city received a letter from the SDAT anti-terrorism agency on Wednesday, saying CCTV images of the July 14 attack should be destroyed: here.
The Nice attacker was not an Islamist, a jihadist: here.
More than 30,000 Muslims from across the world meet in the UK to reject Isis and Islamic extremism: here.
Even ISIS, which has hailed as “soldiers” such disoriented supporters as the married couple who carried out the workplace massacre in San Bernardino, California, has not made a public claim of responsibility for Rahami’s [bomb in New York] actions, although it did claim “credit” for the knife attack by a Somali-American man in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Saturday. The difference may be that the St. Cloud attacker was shot to death, while Rahami remains alive and could well supply a different motivation for his alleged actions: here.
It is heartening to see the muslim community finally take a stand.
Muslims have taken this stand many times before, eg:
Not all corporate media reported about that, however.
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This is the first unbiased report I have come across. I realise there must be more; however, as you say above; not all media report the overall truth.
I do see the need for all peoples to stand up against the evils committed (in the name of religion, or otherwise). However, there is a need for rational, calm, non-violent methods of protest. The law must not be broken by anyone; for or against.
Thanks, Carolyn! You are right.
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Mr Bouhlel’s uncle Sadok Bouhlel, a retired teacher who lives in Msaken, Tunisia, said …:
“Mohamed didn’t pray, didn’t go to the mosque and ate pork,” adding that he was devastated by his nephew’s act and doesn’t want him buried in Msaken.
“He made more than 80 families grieve and stained the reputation of our town and our country,” he said.
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Union Pacifiste de France, the French section of War Resisters’ International, extends its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the massacre of 14 July.
The scene of the attack, the Promenade des Anglais at Nice, is now, as it has always been, a rich ghetto at the edge of the Mediterranean, frequented by tourists from the world over. Does this explain the choice of that symbol, and that of France’s national holiday, by a deeply troubled and violent truck driver? Is it coincidence that more than a hundred men from such a segregated city as Nice are fighting among the jihadists in Syria?
When spirit, heart, intelligence and humor leave a human being, is when violence comes to the fore–violence that is found, of course, in the killers, but also, at different levels, in all the members of a militarised society that prepares war here, that exports military interventions around the world, all primarily to protect the interests of the French merchants of death, i.e., the arms manufacturers and merchants.
In our time, the state religions are the only ones that still require human sacrifice. The people in arms reveal their own absurdity pretending to protect the civilian population, when it is clearly the arms themselves that pose mortal danger to all of us. The politicians come like vultures, circling around the blood of the innocents. A nauseating scent of manure rises from the holy war against pre-designated scapegoats. The French clap their hands for the “Marseillaise” on the minefields of football and are happy to have France hold second place in the global arms trade, all the while deploring the inevitable results that are these massacres.
The voice of logic that is pacifism continues to gather the opponents of those policies. It will end by burying the crosses of militarism and the lackeys of all the bellicose, nationalist, and religious hierarchies.
The time is now or never to disarm and to exercise the right to refuse to kill, because, in the words of Mohandas Gandhi, “Violence is not the solution, it is the problem.”
Union Pacifiste de France, 2016 July 17th
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Monday 20th March 2017
posted by Morning Star in World
THE father of the slain Paris airport gunman said yesterday that his son was under the influence of drink or drugs, not radical Islam.
His comments on a radio programme hours after being released from police questioning came as Paris prosecutors said that coroners were testing Ziyed Ben Belgacem’s body for alcohol or drugs.
His brother and a cousin were still being questioned.
The father, whose name was not given, told Europe 1 radio: “My son was never a terrorist.
“He never attended prayers. He drank. But under the effects of alcohol and cannabis, this is where one ends up.”
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Mr Belgacem stopped at a bar in the small hours of Saturday before his first attack, when he shot a gendarme with a revolver loaded with birdshot.
A police search of his flat found traces of cocaine, Mr Molins said. Ninety minutes after shooting the gendarme, Mr Belgacem took a female soldier hostage at Orly airport and demanded her two comrades throw down their arms.
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