By Hermes Solomon
THAT ‘mindless’ massacre in Paris last Friday evening is not as mindless as we’d like to pretend; massacres are a daily occurrence in ‘less fashionable’ parts of the world but don’t receive the media coverage Paris deserved.
The indiscriminate bombing by the US of Kunduz Hospital, Afghanistan (four separate sorties followed up by a tank on the ground flattening/crushing evidence) killing outright Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) doctors, nurses and civilian patients (two of the 27 massacred purportedly injured Taliban fighters) was described as ‘an accident’ by the US and ‘collateral damage’ by a warmongering or gagged press.
Thousands of similar ‘accidents’ in far-away places have been lost to time and a disinterested western readership.
On Saturday, French President, Francois Hollande declared a state of war now exists between France and the Islamic State (IS). But French jets have been bombing IS for ages. If that’s not already a state of war, what is?
The West is at war with radical Islam in the Middle East and Africa, but more ‘sensitively’ for us, radical Islam is responding on home ground – Charlie Hebdo followed by last Friday’s massacre, which targeted anyone; not specified slaughter, but just anyone in a crowded place.
And that we don’t like and cannot handle. Paris is now living in a state of perpetual fear like it did under the Nazis.
The West (including Russia) kills at a distance, using fighters and drones at 30,000 feet.
Islam’s fanatics kill at close quarters, using AK 47’s and suicide bombers.
The West believes it can bomb with impunity, suffering minimal loss of aircraft and personnel, annihilating in the process thousands of innocent civilians and laying waste to towns and villages, ergo the flight of refugees from war zones to Turkey (2 million), Jordan (1.5 million) and now Europe, (the final number unknown), where terror tactics by jihadists can occur at any moment in any capital city whose government condones the bombing of Syria and the destruction of IS.
The 11th/12th century Christian Crusades to the Holy Land caused thousands of deaths and much wanton pillaging and destruction. South and Central America were taken by the sword of Spain and Portugal in the name of Christ; or was it for ‘yellow’ gold and not ‘black’ as it is today?
The Holy Wars of Islam lasted from the 7th to 20th century. Over 550 major battles were fought and over 260 million people lost their lives from as far afield as Spain and SW France to India, half as many again converting to Islam to avoid certain decapitation, which was the commonly accepted form of execution back then and not a new horror invented by ‘Jihadi John’.
During what is commonly known as the ‘Dark Ages’, a part of Europe’s history we Christians prefer not to recall, all of the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Basin were in the hands of Islam. Christianity held its own in central and northern Europe and today, under the auspices of the US, firmly believes it has the upper hand over Islam.
But does it?
Religion is a tool of ‘giants’ employed by ‘giants’ to eliminate dwarves. But Islam is no dwarf at 1.6 billion adherents as against 2.2 billion Christians worldwide. A far larger proportion of Muslims are fundamentalist than Christians are pious.
Keep your friends close and enemies even closer does not apply in this case. Muslims permeate western society, politics, law, institutions, industry and government.
But last Friday’s Paris massacre has little to do with religion and a lot more to do with revenge/reprisals for the senseless slaughter served upon the Syrian innocent by IS and foreign power warmongers.
The US government is only as powerful as its electorate – US citizens put their politicians where they are today.
During the Nixon/Kissinger reign of terror over Laos/Cambodia and Vietnam, it was the US voter that finally won the day, forcing a shamefully degrading US retreat from Indochina.
You cannot slaughter civilians with abandon from the skies and call it tactical target take-outs.
If world powers want peace in the Middle East and Africa they must combine as a unified single force, remove the obstacles and stop the killing.
But individual greed has always supplanted collective response to a common enemy. And just who is arming IS?
In years to come, history might well accuse world powers of mass genocide, and Islamic fundamentalists of inane responses to that genocide.
Whatever the outcome of this ever increasingly tragic and wilful slaughter, whether it occurs in Paris or Kunduz, Palestine or Syria, world powers must stop fighting their ‘economic’ wars in somebody else’s back yard, and stop using the media as a means to exonerate their culpability in what has become a century of slaughter of the innocent.
I have not read a single chapter or verse in the Bible or Koran seeking the slaughter of anyone of another faith.
Today’s killing by great powers is motivated by covert imperialism. The slaughter inflicted upon civilians in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Paris, by militant/radical Islamists, is motivated by reprisal and a demand for recognition.
America, as radical Muslims see it, is the primary impediment to building an Islamic world order.
And if you accept the latter, then we in the West are in for an endless struggle redolent of the Dark Ages – History we’d prefer not to recall.
Europe has been integrating refugees and asylum seekers for decades. We cannot stop now having set the precedent. And world powers are, and in most cases have always been, the cause of economic and war zone refugee homelessness.
Cyprus 1974 – 150,000 Cypriot refugees from both sides sought refuge in the UK and her former colonies. Most integrated well and prospered, as will most Syrian refugees…eventually!