Paris Rallies ‘#jesuischarlie” – Hypocrisy Unmasked


The terrorist attacks in Paris were a shocking demonstration of random acts of violence with innocent people and police officers killed. The centre of the focus is on the killing of several members of staff of the magazine Charlie Hebdo, and the upholding of freedom of speech and the freedom of the press.

As any sane individual will understand, the acts of violence do not represent the world of Islam, a fundamentally peaceful religion. They are the acts of extremists who will use any excuse, primarily their religion, to pursue and impose their political and cultural ideals. It is an age old delusion of the human condition from the Crusades of the middle ages to Northern Ireland, Bosnia and many others in recent times.

The rally in Paris and memorial events in other places in the world were admirable, as an act of remembrance for those killed, and as a voice against the attack on freedom of speech. The coming together of many thousands of people in unity and peace to voice a common concern was right but let’s look at some details.

Many rallies and demonstrations are led by a few high profile individuals, Trade Union leaders or politicians. However, in Paris some 40 world leaders and statesmen weaselled their way to the front of the march. Touted as showing the importance of the march, the truth is startling. Daniel Wickman, a student at the London School of economics, compiled a list of some of those attending. Those individuals are enemies of free speech and/or free press. see the list here.

So what were they doing there, rubbing shoulders with true believers in free speech? One could speculate endlessly, but it is shear hypocrisy.

Where lies the greatest threat to freedom of speech? Is it Islamic extremists, or is it closer to home? In common with most western nations, the government is the biggest threat in France. The country has laws which criminalise speech which insults, defames or incites hatred, discrimination or violence on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, sex or sexual orientation. Such laws are common in civilised countries, the ethos is not that you can anything you want to anybody, no matter how insulting or hurtful that may be, but that “freedom of expression should be exercised in a spirit of responsibility”. This is a quote from President Jacques Chirac, in 2006 when Charlie Hebdo reprinted controversial cartoons of the prophet Muhammad which first appeared in a Danish newspaper. It was condemned by Jacques Chirac who warned against such “obvious provocations”.

I would suggest the laws against provocative publication, which have been used against Charlie Hebdo in the past, have not been upheld due to the general backlash against Muslim extremism. One rule for some, another for others.
We can condemn, rightly, the atrocities but we must ask ourselves should we allow overt, purposefully insulting and defamatory words and images to be published in the name of art and freedom of speech? The law says not, and I believe the enlightened consciousness says not.
Ask yourself what our ‘leaders’ may be walking us into. Al Queda and ISIS are trying to lead the west into an all out ground war against Islam. The west is not playing ball, at the moment, but air attacks in Iraq by western forces continue. On Tuesday the French Government voted, overwhelmingly, to extend airstrikes on the Islamic State, clearly a reaction to the terrorist attacks in France.
The politicians who used the rally for their own agenda, turning the outrage of the masses into their own personal opportunity for self-proclamation may well be the ones sending our troops out to another war of attrition in coming weeks, marching into battle with “jesuischarlie” banners flying.
I am supportive of the rally in France, but it is not as clear cut as the mainstream media make out, the situation is being turned into a confusing picture, smoke and mirrors. I could write much, much more, and more has been written, the truth is out there if you search for it.

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3 thoughts on “Paris Rallies ‘#jesuischarlie” – Hypocrisy Unmasked

  1. Hello, hello, dear Robert,

    Thank you so much for inviting me to read your post here, it is so full of truth. It is a situation that continues to unfold and the strings of politics, religion, war, freedom, rights, activism, peace, motives all get crossed, just exactly as you say ‘smoke and mirrors’ . . . my how we little humans can complicate life so!!

    And wouldn’t you say, it all comes down to fear and giving into the ego mind at a global level. Love is simple. Peace is simple. But to practice them on a regular basis is difficult. We need each other to keep each other seeking the light. That is why when I think of the Paris rally I think, how many people were there just to feel connection to other common people in their shoes. Just to not feel alone.

    Most of us have little say or standing against these world events that seem to be careening out of control, all centered around greed and money and cruelty. We the regular folk are just trying to find our way, trying to find love. My heart breaks for the violence because it’s painful and we are allowed so little time to heal the pain. We are supposed to go from brutal attack to ‘we are not afraid’ over and over and over again. What is this doing to our collective mind our common psyche? People need to be allowed to really look at the fear and understand it in order to love it into peace.

    I’m so sorry I’ve rambled terribly, my dear friend! Forgive me, please. Haha, I am reminded of what we used to say – we could spend hours over coffee. As friends should be able to do. πŸ˜‰

    Thank you for your bright and beautiful light, Robert. We are in this together, all of us.

    Om shanti.

    Love, peace, and light, always,


    • Thank you for your deep and considered reply Allison. I don’t think it is a ramble πŸ™‚ Many words of truth to add to mine, you do understand the complexity of the life we have made for ourselves. We know it doesn’t have to be this way.

      It is indeed fear and greed that is the cause of all the strife, the root being the ego, which doesn’t just work on the personal level, groups and nations have their own ego too.

      As you say, there is little we can do as individuals, but our tiny voices are adding together through so many channels. The Internet will be part of our salvation as it becomes easier to spread the word enabling, people to understand when they are ready.

      Look at all the blogs spreading love, the countless organisations, all with a web presence and increasing constantly, that seek to expand our consciousness. The increasing number of people turning to alternative living and therapies, the individuals and organisatins that cater for those needs. It never ceases to amaze me the change that is happening, and it is speeding up!

      They are all pockets of light, some big and some small, but all coalescing together. It is as if I can see it in my mind, it is a beautiful sight πŸ™‚

      We can only do our best as individuals, utilising our talents, living and working with love.

      If you haven’t come across it already, here is another beacon increasing the light of understanding which I came across a few days ago. The video, about change, by one of the founders is excellent, hope you enjoy πŸ™‚


      Peace and love my friend, evermore,


      • Your words are so uplifting and beautiful, friend! πŸ˜‰ I look forward to the video, I’ll watch it as soon as I have a quiet stretch of time to take it in properly.

        Blessings, dear one, evermore.

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