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Charlie Hebdo: Divide and Rule or Freedom of Speech?

by John Spritzler

January 10, 2015

Regardless of who masterminded the murder of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and the other victims of the attack in Paris last week (Thierry Meyssan may be correct), it is clear how the American and French ruling classes are making use of the attack. They are using it to increase mutual fear and distrust between Muslims and non-Muslims, in a classic divide-and-rule manner. The "outrage" of people like Secretary of State John Kerry is phony.

On the one hand Kerry "condemned the deadly shooting at a Paris satirical newspaper as 'horrific,' 'murderous' and a 'vicious act of violence,' saying the U.S. supports the French people following what appears to be an extremist attack in retaliation for media criticism of Islam...[and] part of 'a larger confrontation, not between civilizations, but between civilization itself and those who are opposed to a civilized world.”

On the other hand when the Saudi Arabian government sentences a blogger to receive 1000 lashes for "insulting Islam" Kerry and his ilk remain silent. What's going on?

If killing people for using a pen to draw cartoons that insult Islam is an attack on "civilization itself," then giving a blogger who used a pen for the same purpose 1000 lashes (which could kill him) certainly merits damn close to the same outrage.

So why are our ruling elites expressing outrage at the violence in France but none at the violence in Saudi Arabia?

Clearly our rulers decide when to express outrage by asking when would it best further their strategic aim of turning ordinary people against each other for divide-and-rule.

This is the only reason why our rulers, who are LITERALLY mass murderers, who provide unconditional support for Israel's violent ethnic cleansing against non-Jews, who find nothing wrong with Israel's periodic massacre of civilians in Gaza to prevent them from returning to their homes and villages inside Israel (75% of those living in Gaza are refugees or the children of refugees from inside the part of Palestine called Israel),  who deny LIFE, never mind free speech, to countless innocent people, express outrage at the killing of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists.

John Kerry declared that, “The freedom of expression that [the publication] represented is not able to be killed by this kind of act of terror.” BS! What is happening now in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre has absolutely nothing to do with free speech or its defense. Free speech is, itself, a bogus concept (as I discuss here). What is happening is a contest between the wealthy and powerful few who are trying to divide-and-rule us versus the many who want a far more equal and democratic world.

The ruling elites allow pundits and cartoonists and ideologues who promote mutual fear and mistrust between Muslims and non-Muslims to prosper, to have huge audiences with TV prime time shows and columns in mass circulation newspapers and successful big-media careers, while denying those who promote mutual trust, understanding and friendship between these groups anything close to the same size audiences.

What our rulers do not want everybody--Muslims and non-Muslims--to know is that the vast majority of people in ANY of the world's large religious groups have far more in common with the vast majority in other religious groups, in terms of the values by which they live and try to shape society, than any of them have in common with the small ruling elites in any of these religious groups.

If the billions of ordinary people in the world had real freedom of speech to communicate with each other, they'd be united in removing the ruling elites from power no matter what their religion. This kind of freedom of speech is the very last thing that the Obama's and Kerrys (and, in France, the Hollandes and Sarkozys) want.



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