French lefty intellectual says Islamists and the far right work hand-in-hand to promote jihad in France

Yes the temptation is strong to dismiss this piece out of hand, blame that on the headline writer (Not Me! The other one).

Kepel is a bit more level headed than that and gets much right as illustrated in the excerpt below.

A new book says Islamists and the far right work hand-in-hand to promote jihad in France

Among the most controversial yet persuasive contentions of Kepel’s book, is his attack on the elevation “Islamophobia” by Salafist leaders and associated zealots as the “cardinal sin” of the French republic.

Kepel decodes this catch-phrase as a debate-silencer. Behind it lies a sinister “victimization mentality” that he says permanently accuses the French state and the West of structural and institutional racism towards Muslims and so-called “philo-Semitism” or favoritism towards Jews and the memory of the Shoah.

  • Clausewitz

    Once again the left is suffering from a chronic case of projection.

  • moraywatson

    I love puppies and dogs in general, but have a well founded distrust of pitbulls. Now what?

    • Profiling!

      • moraywatson

        Now you’ve let the cat out of the bag!