Incoherent ramblings from HuffPo: #JeNeSuisPasCharlie: Why I Can’t Support the Original Hashtag

Julian Vigo on Twitter.

Since George W. Bush’s war on terror anthropomorphized a concept into human form, I have been most skeptical about the use and abuse of this term. Terrorism has become everything from “hate speech,” to alternative political thought, to violent acts, to mere disagreement. Terror is everything and anything.

I even had to suffer through an American woman, the first Christmas Eve after 9/11, rant about how “they [Afghan men] treat their women,” while our bombs rained down on the heads of Afghan women and children, rendering irrelevant these women’s freedom to live.

Now a few days after the horrific attack in Paris, hashtag #JeSuisCharlie floats about the Internet as a neo-liberal nod of solidarity to those who were killed in the attack. While I see its good intentions, in the big picture this hashtag serves as a demonstration of alliance with that coveted icon of western identity: freedom of speech.

But make no mistake, the reasons the perpetrators carried out this attack were more complex than simply freedom of speech. For what is pitifully lacking in most every media representation of the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo is the historical background of what this attack was about.

More to the point, what the media fails to discuss is what being Muslim in France means and how the superficial and all-too-familiar echo of “they hate our freedoms” reduces the violence to a familiar tone of the dudes in the black hats are again going after those in the white. Neither fictionalizing the situation into simplistic tropes nor creating a vacuous environment where any explanation that touts the word “hate” repeatedly will suffice to get to the heart of what is going on on in France, or in Europe for that matter…


The writer goes by the name Julian Vigo and is apparently not a Muslim but a garden variety wing-nut with a simple narrative: the West is evil, Muslims are good.

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  • Ed

    This isn’t complicated. How do most Muslims in the west vote? Holland in France got 93 percent of the Muslim vote. That’s all that matters. As long as the left needs voters to achieve power they’ll pander to and defend any group that is reliably supportive. Once they don’t need voters any more, like in China, Muslims lose the love, fast. Put a different way, let us suppose the illegal immigrants streaming across the southern US border would reliably vote Republican. Would Obama have Built a fence yet?

    • Frau Katze

      The left has imported itself a new electorate.

      • jayme

        I think the scary thing is they don’t know what the end game of groups like Isis is they think if we work out a peace deal everything will be fine.

        • BillyHW

          The peace deal will be their deaths.

      • winniec

        Le grand REMPLACEMENT !

    • BillyHW

      The left has mired us in an endless war against a muslim 5th column.

      • Speaksvolumes

        The sad thing is that after Paris, there is no way to peacefully deal with this. There will be civil war in Europe.

        • Clausewitz

          Eventually the Christian/Muslim War will make the 100 Years War look like a cakewalk.

          • Speaksvolumes

            I hope our side gets the laser guns first.

          • Clausewitz

            I’m hoping we develop a really messy, nasty and painful disruptor beam weapon.

  • ontario john

    The LIberal Party of Canada website has Shiny Pony’s statement on the attacks. He states among other things, that the attackers viewpoints have nothing to do with islam, and we must work with muslims here as one big happy family.

    • Surele Surele

      Send him to do the negotiations. Double benefit.

      • BillyHW

        Only Justin could go to Mecca.

    • Clausewitz

      If Justin ever Farted he’d blow what little brains he has out. His head is so fat up his ass he’s looking up through his esophagus.

      • mobuyus

        If you listen carefully on a breezy day you can hear justins empty head whistle The International and kumbya.

  • WalterBannon

    more “progressive” nonsense from the Marxist huff & puff post

  • mobuyus

    A neo-liberal nod of solidarity to those killed.The left wants to glom on to this trajedy with their hashtags and,soon teddy-bears.They would love one big weepfest a la lady Dianna.Then they expect us to fall back in line to the enlightened sanctimonious rightiousness of smug empty liberal platitudes.Stick head back in sand raise posterior and pray to saint suzuki for salvation from Bush and Harper.They can fuck-off!

  • Speaksvolumes

    Basically what this comes down to is the same tired bullshit we’ve all heard before: “I’m a scared shitless coward and in order to appease the bullies I will submit to them and condemn my own culture”.

    Yawn.

  • Rosenmops

    I Google Julian Vigo but can’t figure out whether it is a man or a woman. And what the hell is a “permaculturist”?

    • Speaksvolumes

      “Deadbeat”.

      • Frau Katze

        LOL!

    • Frau Katze

      Isn’t “Julian” a man’s name?

      • Clausewitz

        Yes. Comes with a Rum and Coke in his right hand at all times.

    • Frau Katze

      I see your confusion. I found some stuff where Vigo is called “she”. The images could go either way.

    • eMan14

      Permaculture is a more natural way of agriculture. I find it rather interesting in itself. In spite of crazy’s who may be involved.

    • Frau Katze

      More on Vigo

      Furthermore, if the anti-trans* rhetoric that has appeared on CounterPunch over the last two months were transposed onto gay or lesbian identity, leftists would instantly recognize it as homophobic. If Julian Vigo questioned the existence of “straight privilege” instead of the existence of “cisgender privilege,” she would be instantly shouted down by a chorus of gay-affirmative voices. If she posited that lesbians are “confused” in the same way that she argues that transgender folks “confuse sex with gender,” she would be shown the door at any leftist publication worth its salt.

      http://www.salon.com/2013/07/11/the_hate_group_masquerading_as_inclusive_feminists_partner/

    • Frau Katze

      She appears to have seriously pissed off some trans women,

  • # ‘More to the point, what the media fails to discuss is what being Muslim in France means’

    “The media”, along with every go-to muslim available, have been busy educating us that this had nothing to do with islam.

  • Allan

    The problem with assholes like this is that he thinks that France and other European countries BEGGED Muslims to immigrate, then abandoned them. Muslims immigrate for only ONE purpose, so that they can grow in population enough to take over the country. Europe and the European Union with their rules about freedom to immigrate and populate any country and expect the occupied country to support the immigrants is killing itself. It is allowing Muslim immigrants to turn Europe into the same shitholes that the muslims came from.

  • winniec

    A yogi and a dj rolled into one! You don’t get that very often.

  • eMan14

    To call this person a wing nut may be flattering. At least a wing nut has a use.

    • Frau Katze

      Good point.