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Friday, 16 January 2015

#IlSontHypocrites: Why should Charlie Hebdo Deaths Mean More than Those in Novorossiya?

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I shot down Flight MH17

I killed 4,634 civilians in the Ukraine

But tonight I’ll be in Paris


The Western public justly condemns the murders at Charlie Hebdo, but continues to behave as if Kiev’s terror victims in the Donbass are “subhuman”. On 7 January, masked terrorists massacred the staff of the magazine Charlie Hebdo in downtown Paris, killing ten. The terrorists also gunned down two police officers (one of them a French Muslim, Ahmed Merabet) in the attack, whilst five more innocents lost their lives during a subsequent hostage standoff at a Parisian kosher store. The police killed three male suspects, while their female accomplice reportedly fled to ISIS-held parts of Syria. The attack was allegedly a reprisal for the magazine’s cartoon covers, condemned as “blasphemous” for mocking Islam and its prophet, Mohammed.

Meanwhile, in [Novorossiya], forces loyal to the NATO-backed junta in Kiev renewed terror bombing of civilians in the Donbass, killing and maiming indiscriminately. Whilst they declared the slain French cartoonists martyrs on the altar of free speech in a social media campaign under the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie (I am Charlie), Russophobic propaganda soon hijacked a similar Twitter campaign to raise awareness of civilian deaths in Donbass (#IamVanya). Part of the problem is that free speech isn’t demonstratively a sacred value in the West. The same public in Europe or the USA that proclaims #JeSuisCharlie today, has, in recent years, organised increasingly-frequent public witch hunts in the name of political correctness, targeting individuals whose words or deeds somehow “offended”, from scientists who dared mention IQ (or wear “sexist” shirts) to celebrities and video game producers. In 2009, Charlie Hebdo sacked cartoonist Maurice Sinet (now 80) over one allegedly “anti-Semitic” cartoon. France arrested dozens of people, including the comedian Dieudonné, on charges of “hate speech” in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Meanwhile, using the pretext of the attacks in Paris, the US and British governments pushed for expanding their already extensive surveillance of the public. This despite the fact that the alleged attackers on Charlie Hebdo were known terrorists and under constant surveillance, but were able to carry out the massacre unhindered. There was further hypocrisy at the march for solidarity held on Sunday, 11 January. While more than a million French marched peacefully through Paris to honour the slain, some forty world leaders supposedly led the way. However, raw footage showed them marching separately for a photo-op, separated from the “common folk” by quite a distance and heavy police protection.

Although American pundits were loudest in calling for another “war on terror”, American officials weren’t at the Sunday march. Only the US Ambassador attended the event… President Obama, Vice President Biden, or even top diplomat John Kerry were conspicuously absent. The highest-ranking US official in Paris was Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation in September 2014. The leaders that did attend weren’t above using the march for their own political purposes. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to the march, even though the French government asked him not to. Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu also attended, but as soon as he returned, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan publicly declared the massacre a French false-flag operation, for which the mayor of the Turkish capital Ankara, İbrahim Melih Gökçek, blamed the Israeli Mossad. Perhaps, the most hypocritical of all was the Kiev junta, whose leader, P A Poroshenko, hastened to Paris to claim he too was a victim of “terrorism”, even as his forces restarted the terror shelling of civilians in the Donbass. Poroshenko paraded before the cameras, dutifully made accusations of yet another “Russian invasion”, again accused Russia of being behind the downing of flight MH17, and begged for money from the West to bail out his bankrupt government, and fund another military expedition against the civilians in the Donbass.

Whilst Poroshenko pretended that his heart bled for French cartoonists, the civilians targeted for extermination by his government were bleeding literally… dozens, including children, died in renewed shelling of Donetsk by the junta military that weekend. Amongst them was a boy of eight named Vanya, who lost his legs, a hand and an eye (Warning: graphic imagery) to Kiev’s “humanitarian” bombs. When critics of the junta’s campaign of artillery terrorism posted news of this on Twitter with the hashtag “#IamVanya” (#Яваня), Russophobic trolls quickly responded with displays of hatred. Hypocrisy is the order of the day in the West. Frenchmen and other “NATO-sphere” subjects are supposed to simultaneously champion free speech and crack down on “offensive” speech; profess love of Islam and endless tolerance, whilst their governments sponsor Islamic terrorists in places like Libya, Syria, Iraq, or the Balkans; and protest the murder of innocents while backing the Kiev’ junta doing precisely that, in the name of… you guessed it… “fighting terrorism”.

Of course, NATO’s puppets in Kiev have the perfectly “rational” explanation why it’s different when they kill… their victims are “subhumans”, as US-backed PM A P Yatsenyuk once put it. The same man, during his visit to Germany just a day after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, claimed that Russia “invaded the Ukraine and Germany” in World War II. His German hosts, normally sensitive to pro-Nazi rhetoric, chose to remain silent.

16 January 2015

Nebojša Malić



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