It wasn’t just one of the attackers who vanished after the Paris massacre. Three nations whose history, action – and inaction – help to explain the slaughter by Isis have largely escaped attention in the near-hysterical response to the crimes against humanity in Paris: Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Syria.
Thanks as always to the hard-hitting and astonishingly dedicated reportage and analysis of Robert Fisk, and thanks to CD for re-publishing this article.
Every one of us should be diligently sharing such basic history and context with our friends and families.
It's worth remembering that from 1918 until after WWII, Syria and Lebanon were French possessions, just as Palestine was British, and there was active military suppression of independence movements. The French ties there, while not as deep or long-lasting as with Algeria, continue to shape history in sometimes pernicious ways.
"France – responds to Isis with emotion rather than reason"
A curious statement given that the structures/institutions of western civilization that gave us ISIS, a techno-machine world,climate change and the 6th great extinction are based on reason. Does Mr. Fisk mean common sense rather than reason? Is the response by Holland et.al. actually full of emotion or political theater for the people? The problem is that our systems of governance are so secretive we don't know. Human beings in western societies have been trained over time to trust reason over their, hearts, over their intuition or at least give these over to "reason" in our leaders. Reason that is not infused with common sense, heartedness, experience and a sense of love for the Other is cold, calculating, machine thinking. It is the form of thinking that systems managers. technocrats and political courtiers have been educated in, what they breathe. They manage the system, to keep it going above all else. Morality and a depth of being are not considered. They are the oil in the machine that grinds away at all of the Earth.
Are you suggesting there is reason in the act of terrorism? Could it be quite the opposite? Just asking as I found your comment interesting unlike so many on this site. As to the topic of the post anyone who has paid any attention over the decades of history related to French colonialism, though the current attack is claimed bu ISIS, there are more than a few former French colonies who might very well feel they deserve retribution if not vengeance.
Algerians? After reading this, yes.
But the most obviously depraved and prominent source of worldwide violence has long been the West.
"Human beings in western societies have been trained over time to trust reason over their, hearts, over their intuition or at least give these over to "reason" in our leaders."
Someone wise, it seems.
Make others uncomfortable, or just go over their heads, maybe?
Right statement, wrong place?
Still, i am heartened by your wilingness to speak the truth.
The age of reason, has been dark dark dark.