Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité… Terms and Conditions Apply!

Paris, 3 days ago, the news dispatch from the AFP reads:

A French senior civil servant has been sacked for publishing a violent anti-Israeli diatribe on a web site, the interior ministry said. Bruno Guigue, deputy prefect of the south-western town of Saintes, wrote in an online column this month that Israel was “the only state where snipers shoot down little girls outside their school gates.” The author of several books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Guigue wrote of the “Israeli jails where — thanks to religious law — they stop torturing on the Sabbath.” Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie dismissed the official after learning of the column on Wednesday, the ministry said.

Bruno Guigue wrote the piece (fr) on a website,, in which he criticized some French neocons and proIsrael advocates, who launched a frenzied campaign against the UN Council on HR. The article is a rare demonstration of eloquent courage. Refreshingly honest and quite significant given the rank and quality of the author.

[…] As for terrorism, the state of Israel can boast of unrivalled achievements. The awful attacks of september 11, 2001 have caused ten times less victims than the 1982 siege of Beirut by Tsahal. Western admirers of Israel must be mesmerized by an army capable of killing children using cruise missiles […] wrote the author.

Guigue commented on the biased and openly defamatory campaign by a bunch of French intellos who proclaimed themselves contemporary defenders of French values, and paramount of all is of course the right to express one’s self. The likes of Pascal Bruckner, Alain Finkielkraut (the equivalent in France of Norman Podhoretz), Claude Lanzmann, Elie Wiesel, Pierre-André Taguieff, Frédéric Encel, George Frêche, Robert Redecker (the gutter geek of French intelligentsia) and many others, most of whom open Islamophobes, periodically popping-up on screens to explain how it is important for France not to pander to “Islamofascists.” They supported the publication of the Danish cartoons -fair enough- but they added that Western values are in big danger of being eroded by an ever growing Muslim population (some have even invented the term of Eurabia). Yesterday, I browsed over some prominent French newspapers and news websites, but haven’t found a word from those same auteurs de la bien-pensance -or preachers of the well thinking as they are sometimes sarcastically called- who seem to consider that the freedom and values they are allegedly defending, exclude obvious offenders like Israel who has the money to buy out their bloody conscience.

2 thoughts on “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité… Terms and Conditions Apply!

  1. Hi Hisham,
    So no wonder if journalists are still prosecuted for their articles in many Arab/ third world countries. Those prosecuting them can cite France as an example where thoughts should be restrained when it comes to “sensitive” issues.

    The Israeli lobby is still strong. Not to forget the banning of Manar TV station in Europe because of its serial on the historical facts leading to the foundation of Israel.

  2. There is indeed a strange mood in Europe those days. It stinks racism (against Muslims that is) and obscene servility toward Israel and its powerful and rich supporters. Having said that, I have the cozy feeling that tables are beginning to turn in the sense that more and more people are getting more and more vocal. For how long will supporters of the Zionist (racist) state of Israel be able to buy out consciences? I think that time is playing in the favour of justice… it has always!
    Thanks a lot for the comment Abdelilah!

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