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Chia Barsen: The value of being human: from Islam to anti-theism

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris that have left scores of people dead and many critically injured, it is important to understand the chain of events leading to these attacks as well as the underlying post-modernist ideology. Controlling the narrative and the definition of these attacks on the people of Paris is tantamount to protecting the French working-class from the ensuing state attacks on their human rights and freedoms. 

The attack on the people of Paris is the culmination of years of Post-modern Western involvement in the Middle East. One of such direct involvements includes the French president hosting the Guadeloupe conference on Jan 4, 1979, with the US president Jimmy Carter, the British Prime Minister James Callaghan, and the German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt all in attendance. In this conference the decision was made to install an Islamic government in Iran (a large state sponsor of terrorism).  Iran was one of several countries, including Afghanistan with the Taliban, used in the creation of what is now called the “green belt” around the former Soviet Union. In recent history France did not take part in the invasion of Iraq in 2009 under Bush’s “coalition of the willing”. However, in 2011 France joined NATO’s military operations and armed Islamist groups in a proxy war in Libya against Gaddafi and in Syria against Assad. The men that murdered 129 innocent people in Paris are the Islamists of ISIS, a group born from the crisis in the Middle East.

The post-modernist categorizing of the world (spearheaded by Ronald Raegan), that created labels for all the people from the Middle East as Muslims, and concomitant cultural relativism ideology, has created a racist and factious identity for the millions of people in Middle East that are trapped in Islamic states. Further, the West continues to label Islam as a “religion of peace” and muffle the voice of the many anti-theists and socialists, which have escaped the Middle East. The people that are currently prisoners in Islamic States or have fled from them, have repeatedly cried out for nearly a century: that all religions are dangerous and Islam is a religion of terror. 

This attack will be used by the Western states to increase surveillance, censor the press, create military tribunals, arrests without trial and close public spaces in the name of “civil protection”. It will also mean a greater military involvement in the Middle East and fattening of the coffers of the warmongers. The intrusion of the state through surveillance of the private life of citizens will also be used to give the bourgeois an upper hand in the ongoing class-struggle: using it to spy on social movements and their leaders.

Islam represents the modern day face of fascism and despotism. In World War II Fascism was defeated not by labelling it as “peaceful” or by normalizing it, but it was defeated by confronting it, it was defeated by rising to arms against it. Just as the attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo called on people to strengthen their stance against the encroachments on the freedom of speech, this attack in Paris must be used to stop the propagation of religion in all public institutions, especially in education and the state. It must be made abundantly clear that Islam has no place in definition of basic human values and human dignity.

Chia Barsen

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