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The French have a saying, ‘un malheur n’arrive jamais seul.’ That translates into ‘when it rains, it pours.’ This week, the heavens opened and poured on the nation’s national fete, Bastille Day.

The day began with highly embarrassing revelations by a French satirical newspaper that the unpopular president, Francois Hollande, had a staff hairdresser making $11,000 a month at a time of national austerity. This was a genuine ‘let them eat cake’ moment.

That same evening, a frightful attack occurred in Nice. A demented 31-year old man of Tunisian origin, Mohammed Bouhel, who had just lost his job and then his family through divorce, turned his truck into a mass murder weapon.

Bouhel sent his large truck down Nice’s famed seaside Promenade des Anglais, mowing down people celebrating Bastille Day. As of this writing, 86 victims died and scores are gravely injured, including many children. France reeled in horror.

With exquisite bad timing, President Hollande had just that day ended the state of emergency that was imposed after the November 2015 Paris massacre. He quickly reimposed it for another three months and brought France to near war footing by summoning military, police and security service reserves.

All that evening, so-called ‘terrorism’ experts had been droning on about how the attack was almost certainly ‘terrorism’ and the work of the Islamic State. In the US, the odious Newt Gingrich, who has been financed by ultra-Zionist casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, actually demanded that all Muslims, including US citizens, be tested by the authorities. If they admit to believing in the basic tenets of Islamic law known as Sharia, they must be deported asserted Gingrich, who is better known for abandoning his dying wife than as an expert on Islamic law.

A chorus of other uninformed Republicans raised their voices, including Fox News which called for a ‘world war’ against Muslims and urged the US to invade Syria. Republican anti-Muslim hysteria will be sure to rise in coming days. Donald Trump beat the war drums and growled that the US must take action. He just named ultra-conservative Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate who is notoriously anti-abortion and anti-Muslim.

But after all the bombast and hot air, it turned out that the crime in Nice was the product of a domestic crisis and one man’s suicidal impulses, rather like the three pilots who dove their aircraft into the ocean.

But one must ask, why has France been so often a target of attacks, both by Islamic Jihad and lone wolf gunmen? The answer is complex.

First, France has Europe’s largest Muslim population, over 5 million people, the legacy of France’s long colonial rule over large parts of Africa, Syria and Lebanon. Many are of North African origin, like the truck driver in Nice. They are mostly third class citizens, living in poverty and suffering sharp discrimination.

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The jobless rate among young Muslims is around 50%. They live in bleak housing projects like many Americans of African origin, with no future except for drugs and other petty crimes. In short, a potentially explosive underclass that is neither French nor traditionally ‘old country’ Muslim but a rootless urban class of delinquents and petty hoodlums

Second, France has been getting ever more deeply involved militarily and politically in its former colonies. French military forces are fighting in Iraq and Syria, and in Libya, where they helped overthrow and kill Muammar Khadaffi. France has 2,500 troops battling rebels in Mali, and more troops in Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti and Nigeria. French intelligence is active all over these regions and, notably, Lebanon.

In 1992, France worked with right-wing Algerian generals to overthrow and crush the newly elected democratic Islamist government in Algiers. This act triggered the bloody Algerian civil war that caused hundreds of thousands of deaths in an orgy of killing and torture.

The Algerian rebels, known as the GIA, were eventually crushed with French help, but not before they spread into Europe and influenced the younger generation of violent rebels, the Islamic State.

France’s government is in a mini-war with various militant groups who adopt the language of Islam but have little to do with traditional Islam. All these factors combined in one truck driver last Thursday night in Nice.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Svigor says:

    ‘un malheur n’arrive jamais seul.’

    One bad thing does not arrive alone?

  2. Svigor says:

    >He just named ultra-conservative Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate who is notoriously anti-abortion and anti-Muslim.

    He’s a corporate stooge. That’s what passes for “ultra-conservative” these days, I guess.

    Open-borders? Check.
    Condemned Trump’s call to end immigration from Muslim countries? Check.
    Free trade hack? Check.
    Zionist stooge? Check.
    In the pocket of rich Jews? Check.
    Fig leaf “ultraconservative” on things that don’t matter, like abortion, homo “marriage,” and whatever you were referring to as “anti-Muslim”? Check.

    But after all the bombast and hot air, it turned out that the crime in Nice was the product of a domestic crisis and one man’s suicidal impulses, rather like the three pilots who dove their aircraft into the ocean.

    Ban on immigration from terror-exporting countries would have prevented this.

    Do I really care why Muslims, lapsed Muslims, people from mostly-Muslim populations, etc., go berserk and massacre westerners?

    No.

    First, France has Europe’s largest Muslim population, over 5 million people, the legacy of France’s long colonial rule over large parts of Africa, Syria and Lebanon. Many are of North African origin, like the truck driver in Nice. They are mostly third class citizens, living in poverty and suffering sharp discrimination.

    All the more reason to send them back to their lands of origin, or, wherever. They’re sure to be first class citizens there, and free from oppression.

    That would obviate your second reason, too.

  3. “Invadez le monde, invitez le monde” has worked well for the people in the Elysee Palace. Not so much pour Jacques Sixpacques.

  4. 5371 says:
    @Svigor

    [the legacy of France’s long colonial rule over large parts of Africa, Syria and Lebanon]

    Even this is drivel. The overwhelming majority of them immigrated, or their ancestors did, after that rule had ended.

    • Replies: @Max Payne
  5. @Svigor

    Do I really care why Muslims, lapsed Muslims, people from mostly-Muslim populations, etc., go berserk and massacre westerners?

    No.

    What are your feelings regarding the clowns named here?

    …the odious Newt Gingrich, who has been financed by ultra-Zionist casino mogul Sheldon Adelson…

    It seems to me that creeps like that are more of a threat to more of us than all the Muslims in the world, but I could be wrong.

    All the more reason to send them back to their lands of origin, or, wherever. They’re sure to be first class citizens there, and free from oppression.

    Actually it’s all the more reason for the ruling classes to apply sane foreign policies, such as minding one’s own business, but hey, what fun would that be?

    • Agree: Talha, SolontoCroesus
  6. dearieme says:

    When sorrows come, they come not single spies
    But in battalions

  7. You knee-jerk Muslim bashers are probably too cowardly to read this and too hostile to learn anything from it, but here it is anyway.

    Uri Avnery is a good guy and a former Israeli fighter. In 1938 Avnery joined the Irgun underground terrorist organization to fight against the British colonial regime on behalf of the Zionist movement and later rejected the methods used against the Arabs.

    Here’re some excerpts from his most recent piece.
    “…when I saw a much-toted(sic)TV “investigative report” on “Anti-Semitism in France”. It was a pile of propaganda nonsense.

    [MORE]

    “ANTI-SEMITISM IN France” is now all the rage in Israel. A huge propaganda effort is invested in this campaign. The aim is to induce French Jews to come to Israel, to “make aliyah” (an atrocious corruption of Hebrew).

    Jews in France, according to “investigative reports” are faced with a terrible danger. They can expect a second holocaust any moment…they must come to Israel. In a hurry. Now!

    THE MUSLIM-JEWISH animosity which is now being played out in the Paris banlieues …has nothing to do with anti-Semites. It so happens that both sides are Semites.

    It started in Algeria a long time ago. The French conquered the country and settled there in large numbers. Then they did something rather clever: they conferred French citizenship on the local Jews, but not on the Muslims, who constituted the vast majority.

    More than that. When the French army showed signs of wanting to leave, the [French] settlers set up an underground military organization, the OAS, to terrorize the Muslims. The local Jews were involved. Gradually, the French settlers started to return to France, and the Jews remained, the OAS then becoming almost a Jewish organization.

    What is happening now is the continuation of that Algerian conflict on French soil. The hatred that once ruled the streets of Algiers and Oran is being fought out in the streets of Paris and Marseilles.

    … I would confidently bet that incidents against Muslims vastly outnumber incidents against Jews.

    According to Zionist ideology, the State of Israel exists as a refuge for persecuted Jews. Wherever Jews in the world are in distress, we save them and bring them here. (Never mind that Israel is perhaps the least safe place for Jews in the world.)

    When anti-Semitism is too weak to do the job, we must help it along, as we did in Iraq in 1952, when we planted bombs in synagogues to encourage Jews to leave and come here [to Israel].

    There is also a more cynical explanation. Israel has built an elaborate apparatus for bringing Jews [to Israel]… What would happen to all this host of emissaries, organizers, bureaucrats, political appointees and such if there were no Jews aspiring to come here and kiss the ground on arrival?

    Fortunately there is this “wave of anti-Semitism” in France, and everybody is fully occupied…

    http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1468591410

    • Replies: @Ivy
    , @Talha
  8. Ivy says:
    @Jacques Sheete

    American Jews I’ve met either mention keeping a suitcase packed, or know someone who says that. Whether they have that suitcase ready is another story. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and a suitcase is just a suitcase.

    Of possible destinations mentioned, Australia is the modal, anti-podal example. There is likely something comforting about “doing a geographic”, whether in response to real or perceived threats or troubles.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  9. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says:

    The real problem isn’t the terrorists.

    The real problem is most Muslims and Africans don’t commit terror.

    If they all did, they would all be pushed out and invasion would stop.

    The real problem is enough of Muslim and African population ‘assimilate’.

    So, they keep coming, keep having babies, keep conquering white wombs, and keep taking over France.

    Look at the French soccer team. Look at increasing numbers of French women rejecting white French men in favor of Negro men in order to have Obama babies.

    We should bless the terrorists for making people think twice about mass immigration.

    The problem is not enough immigrants commit terror, so they keep coming.

    Imagine of every Mexican illegal were a terrorist or thug. We would stop them at the border.

    But enough of them want to come to pick lettuce, so they took over California.

  10. anon • Disclaimer says:

    Another load of drivel from Muslim apologist and sympathizer Margolis. The Muslim immigrant who did this was a terrorist. Muslims have been nothing but trouble for France, most of whom arrived long AFTER France’s relatively brief colonial period of them ended (and which began to eliminate the Barbary pirates who kidnapped and enslaved about 2,000,000 Europeans in one of histories ignored tragedies.) White victimization doesn’t fit the narrative these days.

  11. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Svigor

    No honest person, with the courage to face the truth, can deny that France wouldn’t be a million times better off without Muslims.

  12. Talha says:
    @Jacques Sheete

    Hey JS,

    Yeah, Mr. Avnery is a great writer and solid critic of Israel. The Zionist endeavor has done much to harm the relations of Jews in there ancestral Middle Eastern homelands:
    http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/327772/honoring-the-moroccan-king-who-saved-the-jews/

    Peace.

  13. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Ivy

    You knee-jerk Muslim bashers are probably too cowardly to read this and too hostile to learn anything from it, but here it is anyway.

    If it’s true that projection is the main mechanism of the mind, you can be quite sure everytime you see someone being the first to call “cowards”/”deluded” the others, they are the first to be cowardly and deluded.

    You have a very cute manner of supporting your wishful thinking and wished truths: you don’t state lies, o no, that would be gross.
    You just slice every matter from the right angle so that you can make true claims, while reaching conclusions globally opposite to truth :))
    And what a art you have in that.

    To

    First, France has Europe’s largest Muslim population, over 5 million people, the legacy of France’s long colonial rule over large parts of Africa, Syria and Lebanon. Many are of North African origin, like the truck driver in Nice. They are mostly third class citizens, living in poverty and suffering sharp discrimination.

    The jobless rate among young Muslims is around 50%. They live in bleak housing projects like many Americans of African origin, with no future except for drugs and other petty crimes. In short, a potentially explosive underclass that is neither French nor traditionally ‘old country’ Muslim but a rootless urban class of delinquents and petty hoodlums

    You reply

    Actually it’s all the more reason for the ruling classes to apply sane foreign policies, such as minding one’s own business, but hey, what fun would that be?

    And of course that’s not untrue.
    Yet still… where’s the reason to import very low IQ and low IQ masses, which will thicken the low-IQ and very low IQ layers of population, which are the layers where social troubles come from?

    All the more when they are non-secularized, and they are going to live in a secularized society, with the inevitable deepening of fault lines that comes?

    Do your dear Iran, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, import Europeans and Jews?

    The problem is not Islam, not Muslims.
    The problem is low IQ people, ESPECIALLY when they segregate under racial/religious pretexts.
    They are gonna find no place (and no job) in the society, accumulate grudge and anger, and wreck society.

    A few of low IQ people are needed to do menial jobs. ALl the rest isn’t.
    Countries that want to have a non-dark future don’t import people they don’t need to feed them through welfare.

    So, you say a true thing, and reach a false conclusion.
    False because very partial.
    And that’s what you surely don’t call “cowardly”, while noticing it is “hostility”: is it not?

    ——————–
    Second matter, the Jewish-Muslim rivalry.

    You astutely mix true facts and biased inferences.
    The “rise in anti-Semitism” in France is a false flag, and a propagandistic device?

    Probably true.

    But then, you take the chance to take out your grudge about different treatment for Muslim masses, and Jewish elites in Algeria.
    You frame it as a religious discrimination, while it is, like most discrimination in our time, a low-IQ & poor versus high-IQ & rich discrimination.
    Jews will be on top of the wealth, and power ladders, wherever a modicum of freedom is given them.

    Are problems between Arabs and Jews only in France & Algeria? No, they are everywhere… (except in the USA, where most of powerful Jewry uses Muslims for the sake of realizing their own political and social plots).

    And oh, how carefully (we can’t say “cowardly”, can we?) avoid to explain readers WHY these Muslim masses who complain en-masse about mistreatment in the West absolutely want to move to there, and never leave.

    Because welfare assistance, and in general the wealth produced by their mistreaters don’t have a bad flavour to them, have they?

    • Replies: @Ivy
  14. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    To adapt Chiang Kai-shek’s famous remark when criticized during World War II for not fighting the Japanese occupiers, but instead husbanding his forces for the coming civil war against the Communists: immigrant Muslim terrorism is a disease of the skin; white ethnomasochism is a disease of the heart.

    http://www.vdare.com/articles/after-the-atrocity-in-nice-royce-manns-awful-video-shows-real-problem-elite-ethnomasochist-brainwashing

  15. tbraton says:

    “He just named ultra-conservative Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate who is notoriously anti-abortion and anti-Muslim.”

    Svigor touched on this in message #2 above, but, while he is definitely anti-abortion, Mike Pence actually criticized Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslims as “unconstitutional.” So it is hard to accept your mischaracterization of him as “anti-Muslim” unless there is something else I am not aware of.

  16. Svigor says:

    Mike Pence actually criticized Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslims as “unconstitutional.”

    So we can add “idiot who doesn’t know the Constitution and seems to think it a ‘living’ document like the liberals do” to the Pence checklist.

    It seems to me that creeps like that are more of a threat to more of us than all the Muslims in the world, but I could be wrong.

    A pox on both their houses.

  17. The problem , Mr. Margolis, with too quickly fitting the latest news item into the “progressive” narrative framework is that facts may later emerge which suggest the “progressive” framework has utterly lost touch with reality: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/haunting-text-message-found-phone-8437045

  18. Ivy says:
    @Anonymous

    Did you mean to reply to Jacque Sheete?

    • Replies: @Jacques Sheete
  19. Max Payne says:
    @5371

    Their ancestors were French citizens. The French colonial system was different than others. Those born in the colonies were given French citizenship and free to move about wherever.

    Immigration isn’t your enemy.

    • Replies: @5371
    , @anon
    , @Philip Owen
  20. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says: • Website

    The danger of the truck terrorism is it was so easy.

    No need to hijack airplanes. No need to make bombs. No need to get guns.

    Just get a truck and mow people down at some event.

    Any nutter can do that.

    Dangerous precedent for copycat terrorists.

    It takes little intelligence and planning to pull that off.

    So, what will happen? Lorry Control Laws?

    • Replies: @anonymous
  21. 5371 says:
    @Max Payne

    Just by being a citizen of Algeria one does not have the right to move to France today, so you are wrong as well as platitudinous.
    The level of non-white immigration that currently exists is most certainly the mortal enemy of every white nation.

    • Replies: @Jacques Sheete
  22. @Ivy

    It’s obvious he’s confused. Very confused. E.g. …

    If it’s true that projection is the main mechanism of the mind…

    He starts out with a huge, irrelevant “if” then proceeds to all kinds of senseless chatter. Whatever.

    He doesn’t’ understand that this thread is not about me and whether or not I’m a coward, etc. So what if I am??

  23. @5371

    Just by being a citizen of Algeria one does not have the right to move to France today, so you are wrong as well as platitudinous.

    You are correct. The only ones who have the right are Jews, not Muslims as the article I posted (comment #7) explains.

    It started in Algeria a long time ago. The French conquered the country and settled there in large numbers. Then they did something rather clever: they conferred French citizenship on the local Jews, but not on the Muslims, who constituted the vast majority.

  24. Marcus says:

    First, France has Europe’s largest Muslim population, over 5 million people

    Not counting Russia?

    • Replies: @Philip Owen
  25. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Max Payne

    Not true at all. The only way for a person from those Places to acquire any form of French citizenship was for them first to resign from Islam and virtually none of them did. They almost all came following decolonization.

  26. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Svigor

    Since when has their ever been a difference between ‘ultra-conservative’ and ‘corporate stooge’? Never have gotten a raise from either one.

  27. Dennis says:

    One quibble with yet another good Margolis column.

    I thought M. Hollande had exquisite timing, almost what one might call ‘unbelievable’ timing.

    He did not actually ‘end’ the State of Emergency. IIRC, his announcement was simply that it was not going to be extended for yet another 3 months. He just said that it would end in the future, but it remained in full force.

    So, he got every tin-pot dictator’s dream. M. Hollande got the good PR of saying that he wanted to end the State of Emergency, but by the end of the day it was indeed extended for another 3 months.

    Couldn’t have done that better if he’d planned it.

  28. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Priss Factor

    So, what will happen? Lorry Control Laws?

    truck drivers will have to take their shoes off before getting behind the wheel; may not have sharp objects in the cab, and may carry no more than 3 oz. of liquid.

    that’ll take care of things.

    then we’ll be protected from those lowlifes who hate us for our freedoms.

  29. Philip Owen [AKA "Soarintothesky"] says:
    @Max Payne

    Until 1968, British citizens (anyone out of place in the Empire, such as East African Asians or Hong Kongers) were also free to move around.

  30. Philip Owen [AKA "Soarintothesky"] says:
    @Marcus

    Nor Turkey.

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