“They are victims of a system that excluded them from society"
I still remember September 11, 2001 in New York City.
There were plenty of vigils and memorials, but some were sick perverse leftist events at which the killers were commemorated along with the victims and candles were lit for "victims" of American foreign policy. So this doesn't surprise me at all. Expressions of mourning and sadness mean little without a moral center. They just become narcissistic "I feel bad" spectacles.
That's the reality in parts of New York, Tel Aviv or Paris.
It was hard to find anyone at this gathering who would say a bad word about the attackers, and expressions of patriotism were restrained. Perhaps it should be no surprise in this part of town. Most residents of the 11th arrondissement are what the French call “bobo,” bohemian and bourgeois, middle-class academics in their 30s and 40s with clearly leftist leanings.
It’s a tolerant area, where migrants and minorities feel safe walking around...
It just isn't tolerant of patriotism.
Almost no one who had gathered near the sites of the attacks held flags. Jean Marc Montaine, an older man who was carrying the Tricolore, felt unwanted and distanced himself from the others. He was dismissive of the bleeding hearts, however.
A woman standing outside the La Carillon bar, one of the establishments targeted, started softly singing “La Marseillaise,” the French national anthem, but no one joined her, in stark contrast to the powerful singing heard Friday night when the crowd was evacuated from the Stade de France Friday night after the suicide bombings outside it.
Sorry no patriotism here, we're transnationalists. They might sing John Lennon's Imagine, but not “La Marseillaise.”
Now the restaurants and bars that they frequent every night were attacked and some of their friends were killed and wounded, and they were having a hard time reconciling this with their worldview.
But they're learning to love Big Islam again.
But they aren’t angry, at least not at the perpetrators. “They’re stupid, but they aren’t evil,” their friend Sabrina, an administrative worker in one of the theaters in the 11th arrondissement, said.
“They are victims of a system that excluded them from society, that’s why they felt this doesn’t belong to them and they could attack. There are those who live here in alienation, and we are all to blame for this alienation.”
ISIS is such a victim. It feels so alienated. Time to recognize it as a state and give it a seat at the UN.
I suspect Sabrina has no Muslim friends and has never set foot in any of the worse areas. They're not alienated because they haven't been given everything on a silver platter. They have. They're alienated because their belief system is at odds with that of Sabrina.
But Hillary Clinton would agree... "Showing respect even for one's enemies. Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view. Helping to define the problems, determine the solutions. That is what we believe in the 21st century will change -- change the prospects for peace," Clinton said.