France is withdrawing from Mali. The Military Junta may not last. But France’s capacity to impose its will on its former colonies seems to be over.
After nine years of fighting Islamist rebels in Mali, 53 soldiers killed, and over ten billion euros sunk in the quick-sands of the Sahara, France says it is pulling out of the country. The decision comes as 40 member states of the African Union are meeting with the EU in Brussels.
If the government does nothing to stop “the disintegration” provoked by “Islamism and the hordes in the banlieue” then “tomorrow civil war will end the growing chaos, and the dead, for whom you carry the responsibility, will be counted in the thousands.”
That is the dire warning issued on April 13 and signed by some 1,300 retired Officers, including 23 generals, NCOs and other veterans of the French military. But it wasn’t until April 21 that the letter was made public by the conservative weekly Valeurs Actuelles. Since then, it has been a civil war of words between the left, the government and those on the right.
I hesitated to publish this paper because it comes very close to violating French, German and other countries’ laws on what free speech is allowed and what is not.This is a strong opinion piece in defense of Freedom of Speech and of Opinion.
PARIS, NOV. 2, 2020. KAZOLIAS
I demand the right to hurt people’s sensitivities just as they have the right to hurt mine; the right to Blasphemy and to speak one’s mind should never be infringed upon. Libel, slander, inciting to violence are crimes, but opinions should never be.
It is better to fight those who want to deny us our freedom, than to allow those who govern us to take away our liberty, claiming it is to fight those who want to deny us our freedom.
Paris, Oct. 20: — The October 16 brutal beheading of a French school civics teacher by a Chechen migrant, on the heels of a cleaver-knife attack on September 25 against people working at the old Charlie Hebdo offices by a Pakistani migrant (he didn’t know Charlie was no longer there) has finally forced France to face its “Muslim Problem” head-on after 30 years of denial.
This Pod Cast deals with the fact that the solution the West is pushing for today was put on the table by Syria and Russia in 2012 when Syrians approved a new Constitution which calls for multi-party elections. At the time, the West, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar thought they could overthrow the Syrian government. Now that they have to admit defeat, and while they still threten to attack Syria, they are trying to save one of the last Jihadi bastions so they have some cards to play at the negotiating table.
Emmanuel Macrons says Europe can no longer rely on the US for its security. He is calling for a European defense initiative which could sideline Nato and has begun bilateral talks with potentially willing EU members. He is even ready to discuss a separate security partnership with Russia. But so far the response is cautious. Europe does not seem ready for France to lead another Grande Armée.
French President Emmanuel Macron has set up an anti-terrorist ‘Task Force’ which, once approved by parliament, sets the foundations for a police state. The Task Force will be directly under the control of the president with the power to set house arrest, day and night searches without warrant, shutting down prayer rooms and putting people in preventive detention with no judicial oversight.
A Center for the deradicalization of Muslim extremists set up in Central France last September is empty. The last man to be “treated” at the chateau of Pontourny, in Beaumont-en-Véron, left on February 8. Although France has listed thousands as “radicalized” in the police data banks, there were never more than six or seven at any given time and only nine people ever volunteered for the center which can house up to 30.
The Berlin Christmas Market attack should never have happened. How could the German police get it so wrong? German voters will decide in September who can best protect them and the freedom they love.
Stuttgart, January 15, 2016: Germany is already in full campaign mode with nine months to go until the elections and the public want to know who will keep them safe? After a year of terror attacks and terror threats and other forms of migrant violence, politicians are falling over themselves to reassure the public. But all agree, the Berlin Christmas Market attack could have been prevented; that “mistakes were made,” and “we must learn from our errors.”
France has some 15,000 Salafist radicals and nearly 2,000 French nationals have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight Jihad, according to French authorities. The French government has shut down scores of radical mosques, Koranic schools and associations since the State-of-Emergency was decreed in November 2015. Today the debate focusses on the estimated five million Muslims in France (nobody knows how many for sure) who are accused, like the “good Germans” of Nazi days, of not stepping forward to denounce what they may see or hear.