- Accounting For the Violence We Export
- Part 1: Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves.
- Part 2: Nightmare in Paris: Democracy is under attack, and the right makes common cause with ISIS
- We Are All France! Though We Are Never All Lebanon or Syria or Iraq!
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves.
We must mourn all victims. But until we look honestly at the violence we export, nothing will ever change.
Ben Norton, Salon
An Indian child pays floral tribute at a sand sculpture created in remembrance of victims of Friday's attacks in Paris, in Bhubaneswar, India.(Credit: AP)
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 | Any time there is an attack on civilians in the post-9/11 West, demagogues immediately blame it on Muslims. They frequently lack evidence, but depend on the blunt force of anti-Muslim bigotry to bolster their accusations.
Actual evidence, on the other hand, shows that less than two percent of terrorist attacks from 2009 to 2013 in the E.U. were religiously motivated. In 2013, just one percent of the 152 terrorist attacks were religious in nature; in 2012, less than three percent of the 219 terrorist attacks were inspired by religion.
Ben Norton is a freelance journalist and writer based in New York City. His work has been featured in a variety of publications.
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Part 2: Nightmare in Paris: Democracy is under attack, and the right makes common cause with ISIS
After another dreadful massacre, the French are tested again. Will they learn from America's 9/11 mistakes?
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
Black ribbons on French flags at the Elysee palace in Paris as the city enters three days of official mourning.(Credit: Jacques Brinon/AP)
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 | Not Paris. Not again.
Those were my thoughts, and the thoughts of hundreds of millions of other people all over the world, as the heartbreaking, soul-crushing news began to unfold on Friday. It was late afternoon on the East Coast of the United States, where I live. I was nearly done writing a weekend essay about the racial turmoil on American college campuses, in which I suggested that this was one of those areas where competing aspects of progressive ideology – specifically, the impulse toward pluralism and diversity and the impulse toward maximum civil liberty – came into conflict. Then a more urgent and tragic case study intervened.
Andrew O'Hehir: Staff writer at Salon.com.
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We Are All France! Though We Are Never All Lebanon or Syria or Iraq! David Swanson, Davidswanson.org
- "It is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners," said Albert Camus. Please go back to thinking, France.
- We do love you and wish you well and are deeply sorry for U.S. influence against your better tendencies.
- Special Report | Nightmare in Paris, Week Ending November 14, 2015