Anti-Islamic rhetoric staged terrorism have alwaysbenefited vested interests of political leaders to stay in power, making their citizens to forget the regime’sfailure or to win elections.
Post September-11 witnessed increased Islamophobia and organized attacks on innocent Muslims around the globe and that became a norm. Muslim nations were invaded through pretext of exporting uncalled for‘democracy’ and subjected to economic terrorism in the form of sanctions.
Armed radicals were trained and dispatched to peaceful Muslim countries which did not take orders from the self-proclaimed ‘keepers of democracy and freedom’.
Their aim was nothing but to overthrow legitimate governments of ‘unfriendly’ nations or leaders who did not perform as their marionette. Syria is an example of such crimes against humanity committed by those powers and their propaganda machines.
Anti-French sentiments rising in the Muslim world today as the French government openly supports the provocative cartoons of the Prophet of Islam. In return French products are being targeted as part of the ‘boycott France’ movement.
Charlie Hebdo decided to recirculate caricatures of the Prophet from 2015 in the name of ‘freedom of speech’. Even though French witnessed the backlash then, yet Marcon has let it happen again. Why?
This time the teacher who brought the controversial cartoons to the classroom was beheaded by a Chechen refugee in Paris. Mr. Macron declared the teacher had been “the victim of a terrorist Islamist attack.” Paris witnessed attack on two Muslim women under the Eiffel Tower.
These were not categorized as a terror attack even though the attackers were clearly racially motivated calling the victims “dirty Arabs”.
World reacted differently this time when cartoons were republished. Protests erupted in the Muslim countrieswhile Muslim leaders made it clear that they did not approve the beheading of the teacher.
In France the political system is such that people democratically elect the president and the president appoints the prime minster. Current president, Emmanuel Marcon was elected in May 2017. He appointed Edouard Phillippe as prime minister.
Macron’s presidency was explicitly affected by the economic and social protests that tore up cities and provinces throughout France. Tear gas and rubber bullets were used against the protesters and an almost a civil- war-like situation prevailed.
By June 2020 French prime minister Edouard Philippe’s popularity created a ‘dilemma’ for Macronand a political threat to the president Marcon’s public support became tenuous in the face of economic emergency during the Covid19.
Marcon removed the most popular prime minister in July 2020 while 60 percent of the French wanted Mr. Philippe to stay as their prime minister. While Macron has been in a political swirl anticipating another “Yellow Vest” like protests, Philippe’s popularity continued to soar.
In September 2020 ”Yellow Vest” protests returned in France. Charlie Hebdo republished their infamous cartoons in October 2020. This was not mere coincidence but was a premeditated and politically motivated act to divert and save Macron’s presidency.
The French seem to have forgotten their protests calling for better economic conditions, as the aftermath of the cartoon republication has silenced them as was intended. While many European nations rallied behind France, but anti-France feelings has only increased in the Muslim world.
So, who really benefited from the cartoons and killings? Stirring Islamophobia has politically helped Marcon but exposed some other countries.