…celebrated and toasted – clearly, with cheerful moderation…
…to celebrate life…
…same blood – irrespective of race, creed, class or nationality?…
And to advance the narrative, an observation from a senior church official in the UK, Paris attacks made me ‘doubt’ presence of God, admits Archbishop of Canterbury Curious but telling observation that sheds more light on ‘civilisation’ and the ‘uncivilised’, the ‘non-people’. No other attacks had a similar effect – not the deaths of those Russians, of those in Beirut, of those in Kenya, of those in Nigeria, of those in Syria…?
Clearly, that Paris atrocity would fulfill a major aim of those terrorists – have much of corporate media sound the tocsin for war and the demonising of Muslims, all Muslims, and, optimally, have the military of Western countries unleash further death and destruction on the innocent, and wealth to vendors of war and their promoters. Of course, given the quickness of amnesia on other wars, one should forget that in each of the World Wars, the protagonists all professed absolute Christianity; and after the US, alone or with its allies, would forever proclaim the justness of the military cause as blessed by the Christian god. That abuse of religion for cynical purposes.
Yes, nothing like context. Like Janus, that look back and look at the present, and at the future. That sobering movie, Battle for Algiers, would be released a mere few years after the event. A student there at the time, now Professor Emeritus of Political Science at SUNY, David Porter puts the recent Paris atrocity in context. And, just as did Robert Fisk and the few other real journalists, he finds something very amiss with the singular ‘amnesia’, the selective recall and treatment of history in Western corporate media, including in the US, unsurprisingly, the establishment NYT and WaPo ever eager to declare, ‘Aux armes!’.
Vichy France and its collaborators, even after WW II, would make their dramatic and horrifying re-appearance on the national political stage. France and its history, imperial and colonial. As the event would be described as ‘The Seine flowed red with blood’.
As Prof Porter would state in, The Paris Attacks and the Politics of Memory, at the counterpunch blog,
While describing the tragic civilian massacre in Paris, many in the French and international media added further fuel to the inevitable racial backlash in the West by a significant, but all too predictable, historical lie. Mainstream newspapers, such as Le Figaro in France, the Telegraph in Britain, the New York Times, the Washington Post and many US journals fed by the Associated Press; all of the major US TV-radio networks; media websites such as Time.com, thedailybeast.com, theatlantic.com and vice.com/fr; and even the progressive reporting of Democracy Now! all claimed that Friday’s events were the worst violence or terrorist attack in a single day in France since World War II.
Over three decades passed before broader French public consciousness began slowly to acknowledge and to condemn the horrific, deliberate police massacre of immigrant Algerian demonstrators marching peacefully in Paris on October 17, 1961…
In advance, however, Paris police chief Maurice Papon, ex-Vichy official and later responsible for torture and summary executions in Algeria, explicitly encouraged police to use every means to destroy the demonstration and thus weaken the movement behind it. Papon himself was implicitly encouraged to do so by his knowledge of secret anti-FLN death squads operating in France and endorsed at the highest level of French government
Reinforcing Prof Porter’s contribution is reporter and writer, Eric Margolis, also of the US and there in Paris at the time, who would observe only just recently, at the common dreams blog, The First Paris Massacre. Key observations,
Last week’s massacre in Paris was not, as almost every writer mistakenly claimed, the worst atrocity in the City Of Light since World War II.
Paris chief Maurice Papon, a former Vichy official, who had sent over 1,000 Jews to their deaths during the war, unleashed his brutal riot squads on 30,000 Arab demonstrators calling for the independence of Algeria from French colonial rule. In an orgy of killing, some 200 Algerians were killed. Many were beaten senseless, then thrown from the Pont St. Michel bridge into the Seine River. 11,000 Algerians were arrested and cast into internment camps or a sports stadium.
I was in Paris when this mass killings occurred. Six months later, I was again visiting Paris when four retired French generals tried to stage a coup d’etat against the government of President Charles de Gaulle and Prime Minister Michel Debré which planned to grant Algeria independence after 132 years of French colonial rule.
And Margolis further reminds his readers,
The Algerian War fought over 50 years ago has been forgotten in the West. But not by Europe’s or North Africa’s Muslims. Nor its sequel, Algeria’s gruesome civil war in the 1990 that killed hundreds of thousands. Back then, I warned it would one day spill over into Europe.
Nabila Ramdani would write in The Guardian in October 2011, The massacre that Paris denied
Republican values of liberté, egalité, fraternité will be all but forgotten when thousands of Parisians recall the most murderous episode in the French capital’s postwar history tomorrow. Commemorations are planned for the 50th anniversary of the French-Algerian massacre, when up to 200 peaceful protesters were slaughtered in cold blood around iconic national monuments, including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Fifty years will seem like a long time to many of the young French Algerians who mark the anniversary today, but in many ways it seems very recent. Maurice Papon, the Paris police chief who instigated the killings, only died four years ago, aged 96; and some of his unrepentant and unpunished henchmen still remain at large.
Like Papon, many of the killers had been Nazi collaborators who learned their crowd control methods from the Gestapo. They were experts at disinformation too: the official death toll after Papon’s self-proclaimed “Battle of Paris” was initially three, before being revised to a vague “several dozen” almost 40 years later.
Up to 40% of young French Algerians from the estates are currently unemployed. Without money or prospects, some have turned to crime, helping to swell a prison population estimated to be up to 70% Muslim. Many resemble the angst-ridden, alienated young Algerians who took to the streets in 1961.
As we see, writ large is the conspiracy of silence of officials as well as the media in covering up for so long a frightening atrocity, a national disgrace. Innocent lives of no value whatsoever.
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President Francois Holland in an official ceremony would lay a wreath at one of the sites of that massacre.
To its credit, The Guardian in an article would pay respectful homage to the innocent Moslems, all very human, among those slaughtered that night, further justifying the respect and trust the newspaper continues to earn.
From its, Paris attacks: the Muslim victims of terrorist bullets, we get
They came from varied backgrounds but the Muslim victims of the indiscriminate multiple attacks were all in the prime of their lives. They included a violinist, an architect, a receptionist and a shop assistant. As the children of France’s colonial legacy, or citizens of those countries, their deaths have cast a shroud of mourning beyond French shores to north Africa.
Many French Muslims, estimated to be at least 5 million strong, are fearful as anti-refugee sentiment has been fanned by the far-right Front National since Friday’s attacks. A Moroccan was beaten up during an anti-immigration rally by extreme-right youths in the Breton town of Pontivy on Saturday.
All human, there they are, seeking to live life, and honestly so, in France. Now they have all become prey to repressive reprisals, innocent and mostly poor citizens, segregated by ‘historic’ national origins and literally confined to ghettos (banlieues), even though born in France. Anticipating the instinctive reaction of former colonisers and imperialists, the perpetrators have more than succeeded in achieving their simple objective, cruelly achieved, and with the response in the US exactly as anticipated?
…and yet, no mention of peace, or even social programmes to ameliorate dire social conditions, only war and death?…
…with music that serenades the night…
…from barbaric savagery, both crude and sophisticated…
Colonialism. Imperialism. Oppression. Retaliation. The legacy. In that region, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia… And the innocent pay – even at wedding celebrations, courtesy the US or its major Middle Easter arms purchaser. We are ever witness to even tragedy and grief being ruthlessly displaced by the choreographed, the theatre of the absurd marketed for the tv screen.
Yes, that business of weapon sales to ‘allies’. The US, Britain and France sell to whom? The volume of such sales? And what groups does the major weapons purchaser support? And what groups do the weapons sellers support? What groups? From ‘moderate’ terrorists to terrorists, beastly only when so ordered by their Western handlers?
Jim Naureckas, editor of the blog, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, fair.org, wastes no time in getting to the point: corporate media have been remiss, delinquent in, or worse, abidcated, their responsibility in news reporting, Context-Free Coverage of Terror Helps Perpetuate Its Causes
At the time of the attacks in Paris, FAIR’s website led with a piece by Ben Norton (11/13/15) about US reporting on the ISIS bombing in Beirut—noting references to the civilian neighborhood targeted by the bombing as a Hezbollah “stronghold” (MSNBC, 11/13/15), “bastion” (Reuters, 11/12/15) or “area” (NPR, 11/12/15). Given this framing—and the generally limited amount of coverage granted to the Lebanese victims—it’s unsurprising that the Beirut terror failed to provoke the same sorrow, horror and identification among US audiences that the Paris massacres did.