La controverse qui entoure mon dernier post intitulé “Mohammed Merah, La Victime de la République”

Controversy surrounding my last post titled “Mohammed Merah, la victime de la République”

Apparently, my last post on Mohammed Merah has caused some controversies. Some people are shocked by the use of the word victim and Merah in the same sentence. I am told that at the dailykos, i have earned the status of an apologist for Merah’s actions, and have been accused of trying to explain away his horrible acts and justify them. Of course, i am not doing that and anyone who has 2 fully functioning neurons had already understood that. Well, i do not have the time right now to write a proper reply in my own defense, though i really don’t need any nor do i feel the need to justify myself to people who have no idea what i am talking about, but i would like to say that the day we stop trying to understand our actions, and we stop trying to understand and explain horrible events–no matter how horrible they are–is the day we lose our humanity. And if we reach that day, we might as well load a gun and shoot ourselves in the head and get it over with.

  1. helen
    April 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I didn’t for one moment think you were trying to justify the killings in Toulouse.What I read on your post was a welcome sight as up until then all I had read were words of hatred that seemed to inspire even more hatred (uncensored)for a young man that actually no-one knew anything about.I am not a political or a religeous person but I try and see that there are two sides to every story.Of course people are angry when atrocities happen,it is a natural reaction but when that anger dies down what are we left with?..the whys and wherefores of how these things happen.It is not a crime to wonder or to ask questions..it is simply a basic human characeristic of ours,a way to process our thoughts and understanding of such terrible actions…no matter how upsetting they are.I welcomed your post on Mohammed Merah,all I had seen so far on him was nothing but pure hatred.Your post offered an alternative, that showed there must have been a path he travelled, to get to where his life ended…and it was a sad, humiliating and unfair path which will never excuse his actions,but nonetheless, was part of what made Mohammed Merah the young man he allegedly turned out to be.To search for answers is a good thing.Sometimes the answers we get are not what we want to hear or can even fully understand,but at least we have tried…and I for one will never apologise for that.No-one should ever apologise for showing some humanity..God knows there’s little enough of it.We are all here on the same ticket aren’t we?.

  2. Miastecko Belz
    April 14, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Being French, “french looking” and of catholic education, I feel and believe that your description of France’s many ways of rebuking Merad and his “brothers” is on point, though I had no opportunity of experiencing that, obviously. This is one among the many factors that lead to these sad and dramatic events. Also, I agree with you that “assimilation”, in the mouth of some mainstream politicians, is just the negation of the deep nature and heritage of some of my compatriots of North African descent, and this meaning of “assimilation” is profoundly evil and leads to evil consequences, while the diversity can bring enrichment. I admit that islam is as good a religion as any other, to some extent, though I listen to some thinkers that believe that development of science in Europe and in countries of christian religion was easier not by coincidence, and though I would like to look deeper into that.

    I have no problem with the idea that Merad is a victim too, but perhaps you should stress the fact that many others, with the same background and initial conditions, did not end this way. Whatever the initial conditions, and the prejudices infliged, many people try very hard to be better, and do not end this way.

    Let us say that the law of large number will produce a Merad once in a while, and that Sarkozy, among many others, has just worked to increase the probability and frequency of these sad and dramatic events. France has also a lot of work to do on itself, (if this is your message, I agree completely …).

    • April 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      That is pretty much my message and it was never meant to be something else. Thanks for you comment

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