Some French intellectuals and journalists like Bernard-Henri Lévy, Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, Régis Debray and Dominique Souchier are clinging to straws while drowning. They will do anything to save themselves from oblivion, while they have nothing more to say than their usual discourse. And the best way to succeed is to bash America, to lecture it, or to steal from it by way of plagiarism.
Now they go so far as to blame the fate of the Christians in the Middle East on the Bush presidency. That is what French Communist intellectual Régis Debray did last Saturday in an interview by Dominique Souchier on Europe 1 radio. The truth is that the situation of the Christians in the Middle East has been deteriorating since the end of the 1980s [in modern times, it has been deteriorating since the 1950s, when the ancien regime of Farouk fell in Egypt, and Eisenhower had to send troops to Lebanon in 1958 -- but in another sense, the situation of the Christians has been deteriorating for 1350 years, ever since Islam arrived to see justice done] more precisely: since the Iranian Khomeiny revolution - which is currently repeating itself in Lebanon. This, as well as the fate of the Copts in Egypt or the disturbances in Pakistan (similar to the uproar in Algeria in the 1990s) have nothing to do with the Bush presidency nor with Israel, contrary to what Debray believes.
Régis Debray in the studio of Europe 1
In the same interview, Debray claimed that the West had “destroyed Arabism”. In fact the whole region is suffering from Arabism, not to mention Northern Africa where the youth are getting restless. Three people dead in riots in Algeria, the fault of Bush? Or Israel? … France of course!
Debray, who has been invited countless times by Souchier, keeps ranting and repeating the same nonsense, in chorus with the former ministers of foreign affairs Hubert Védrine and Roland Dumas and with geostrategist Pascal Boniface.
Certainly, in the Anglo-Saxon world there are people who are saying the same thing - take Obama for example - while adding the social and economic situation as the principal factors. But there at least you can read some shocking facts on the situation in these countries, like Pakistan. Not in France, where the media are tightly sealed. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is watching. An exception was the recent confirmation by president Sarkozy on religious cleansing - which was of course contradicted by Régis Debray and by the day-to-day political practice.
Two Frenchmen were kidnapped in Niger, and have been killed. Blamed on “terrorism”, of course. Not blamed on the incompatibility between Arabo-Islamist (and Maoist) regimes and democracy which is trampled, insulted and humiliated by the former admirers of red totalitarianism.
And with the same complacency, the same obsequious idea that the problem is the existence of the West, our useful idiots continue their undermining work as a perfect fifth column, of course while crying wolf against the “far right” as soon as the slightest criticism is uttered against them. It’s the proven tactic, and it works. In the mean time Atlantis (Europe) is sinking bit by bit, disappearing into the bottomless pit of history.
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