The Blame America First Club is at it again! Check out Juan Cole at Informed Comment:
Sharif and Said Kouashi, the two brothers for whom the French police are searching, were born in Paris of Algerian parents, Mokhtar et Freiha Méguireche, according to a profile published by Le Monde. Said was born in 1980. Sharif was born in 1982. The brothers were poor and unemployed. Sharif did not finish school. The Kouashi brothers sometimes delivered pizza to make a little money. They were involved in petty crime as teenagers.
Then in early 2003 at the age of 20, Sharif Kouashi and his brother Said started attending the al-Da`wa Mosque in the Stalingrad quarter. They had showed up with long hair, smoking, and lots of bad habits. The mosque gave them a sense of purpose. Sharif told his later lawyer, “Before, I was a delinquent.”
One member of the congregation at the al-Da`wa Mosque was Farid Benyettou. He was only a year older than Sharif, but was learned in Muslim texts, and taught informal classes at his apartment after prayers at the mosque. The boys began spending time with Benyettou. They stopped smoking, stopped getting high. At his apartment, Benyettou took them on the internet, and showed them images from Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq. Sharif said, “It was everything I saw on the television, the torture at Abu Ghraib prison, all that, which motivated me.”
Without Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq, it is not at all clear that Sharif Kouachi would have gotten involved in fundamentalist vigilanteism. And if he hadn’t, he would not have gone on to be a point man in murdering out the staff of Charlie Hebdo along with two policemen.
Iraq is a major Arab, Muslim country. Its capital, Baghdad, is special to Sunni Muslims because the Abbasid empire built it and ruled from it. Having American troops occupy it for 8 years, humiliate its citizens, shoot people at checkpoints, and torture people in military prisons was a very bad idea. Some people treated that way become touchy, and feel put down, and won’t take slights to their culture and civilization any longer. Maybe the staff at Charlie Hebdo would be alive if George W. Bush and Richard Bruce Cheney hadn’t modeled for the Kouashi brothers how you take what you want and rub out people who get in your way.
It’s absolutely ridiculous to blame George W. Bush for what happened in Paris yesterday. I blame Charles “The Hammer” Martel.
Way back in 732 AD some peaceful brown-skinned Islamic immigrants originally from North Africa were subject to an unprovoked racist attack from a bunch of militant Frankish white supremacists led by Charles Martel at a place between Poitiers and Tours in what is now France. This is sometimes misleadingly referred to as the “Battle of Tours.”
I’ll skip the gory details, but Charlie Martel and his racist followers killed a lot of the peaceful brown-skinned Islamic immigrants, including their wise and peace-loving leader, Abu Said Abdul Rahman ibn Abdullah ibn Bishr ibn Al Sarem Al ‘Aki Al Ghafiqi. Then they drove the rest of the peaceful brown-skinned Islamic immigrants south over the Pyrenees into what is now Spain. Over the next seven centuries the peaceful brown-skinned Islamic immigrants were eventually driven completely out of Europe by white supremacist Europeans.
Eventually almost all of the peaceful brown-skinned Islamic peoples of the world were conquered and colonized by white supremacist Europeans. This horrible racist oppression by white Europeans radicalized the formerly peaceful brown-skinned Islamic peoples.
The white racist people of the United States are descended from white racist Europeans. Shame on all of us racist white people! I curse my pale flesh! I would go back where I came from if I could figure out where that is.