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January 16, 2015 / Fantelius

One-Sided War & French Quotations

Let me get this straight, it’s no big deal to bomb and kill 1000s of babies, brides, carpenters and farmers for years, but if a few people from the sovereign countries being bombed shoot two handfulls of people in one of the bombing countries, it’s a horrible crime, an international tragedy?

What am I missing here?

Would it have been better if the Charlies had been killed by a hellfire missile launched from a drone? One of the victims could have been called a suspected militant and the others collateral damage. Would that have made the deaths OK? Or at least no big deal?

Are we supposed to believe that killing with handheld weapons is terrorism whereas killing with sophisticated high-tech weaponry is a security measure?

Surely no one implies that French lives are more important than those in other countries?

What would Voltaire have said:
– All men are equal; it is not their birth,
But virtue itself that makes the difference.
– Clever tyrants are never punished.
– Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror.

or Sartre:
– It (freedom) depends entirely upon the freedom of others and that the freedom of others depends upon our own. … I cannot make liberty my aim unless I make that of others equally my aim.
– Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.
– We always choose the good, and nothing can be good for us without being good for all.

or Fénelon
– it is infinitely more harmful for nation to wrong nation, than for family to wrong family. To abandon the sentiment of humanity is not merely to renounce civilization and to relapse into barbarism, it is to share in the blindness of the most brutish brigands and savages; it is to be a man no longer, but a cannibal.
Today he might have said,
-Je suis a human in the family of humanity.

or Brel:
If we only have love, we can melt all the guns
/—/ then death has no shadow, there are no foreign lands.

How did a nation of great philosophers get to have a president such as Hollande? His tongue should be terrorized because of his empty noble words about freedom and justice while he walks shoulder to shoulder with one of the most notorious mass-murderers (Netanyahu) of our times.

Je ne supporte pas l’hypocrisie!



“Live not too fast, question what you know.
Don’t run from the times, don’t follow the flow.
Truth hides in shadows, beauty may not glow.
Struggle for justice and help love to grow. ”
Dartwill Aquila





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  1. ellen shanks / Jan 17 2015 7:26 am

    Thank you for this excellent piece. I am sharing!

  2. camelien / Jan 16 2015 11:24 am

    “Je ne supporte pas l’hypocrisie!” aussi. Votre ‘mots’ sont Formidable! Merci!

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