Meet the Western Charlatans Justifying Jihad

by Giulio Meotti

  • Why has the philosopher, Michel Onfray, become so popular among the French jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq? Journalist David Thomson, a specialist in jihadi movements, explained that “Onfray is translated into Arabic and shared on all pro-ISIS sites.”
  • Onfray recognizes that we are at war. But this war, to him, was started by George W. Bush. He “forgets” that 3,000 Americans were killed on September 11, 2001. If you remind him that “ISIS kills innocent people”, Onfray will reply: “We have also killed innocent people.” It is the perfect moral equivalence between ISIS and the West. Barbarians against barbarians! With his moral relativism, Onfray opens the door to Islamist cutthroats.
  • The French intellectual Thomas Piketty, after the massacres in Paris, pointed at “inequality” as the root of ISIS’s success. Another well-known German philosopher, Peter Sloterdijk, claimed that the September 11 attacks were attacks were just “small incidents”.
  • Famous representatives of European culture also embraced Adolf Hitler’s dream. Their heirs now justify jihad as the ultimate punishment for Western freedoms and democracy.

After September 11, 2001, the cream of European intellectuals immediately started to find justifications for jihad. They evidently were fascinated by the Kalashnikov assault rifle, “the weapon of the poor”. For them, what we had seen in New York was a chimera, an illusion. The mass killings were supposedly the suicide of the capitalist democracy, and terrorism was the wrath of the unemployed, the desperate weapon of a lumpenproletariat offended by the arrogance of Western globalization.

These intellectuals have sown seeds of despair in a large Western echo-chamber. From 9/11 to the recent massacres on European soil, the murdered Westerners are portrayed as just collateral victims in a war between “the system” and the damned of the earth, who are only claiming a place at the table.

One of these intellectuals is Michel Onfray. It has been a while since we heard the expression: “Useful idiot.” The cynical expression is often attributed to Lenin, and was used to designate Western sympathizers who justified the horrors of Communism. The French magazine L’Expressused it for Onfray: “the useful idiot of Islamism“.

When his “Atheist Manifesto” was published in 2005, Onfray could never have imagined that ten years later, he would become the darling of the jihadist group, Islamic State (ISIS). Yet, on November 21, 2015, a week after the massacres in Paris, Onfray appeared in a propaganda video of the Islamic State. A few days later, Onfray, this idol of the reflexive European middle class, said that a “truce could be signed between ISIS and France“.

Onfray just gave another interview to the magazine Famille Chrétienne, where he explained that there is no moral difference between “killing innocent lives of women, children and elderly” and “state terrorism” — between ISIS and the Western war on terror.

Onfray is the most widely read French philosopher in the world and has dethroned Michel Serres, Michel Foucault and Jean-Paul Sartre. This philosopher, drunk with the Enlightenment, has written 80 books, translated into nearly 30 languages. He is not a Marxist, but a libertarian hedonist. According to Onfray, the entire Judeo-Christian heritage prevents free, loving enjoyment. Hence his insistence, ultimately, that the Western civilization is “dead.”

How did this great hedonist, the theorist of materialism and atheism, become the darling of Islamist cutthroats? Prime Minister Manuel Valls accused him of having “lost his bearings.”

When Onfray calls for a truce with the Islamic State, it is because he believes that France is responsible for what happened to itself. In his recent book Penser l’islam (“Thinking Islam“), Onfray wrote: “If we look at the historical facts and not at the emotions, the West attacked first.” France is supposedly reaping what it has sown. Of course Islamists kill and massacre, but it is not their fault, as the West, in his view, previously attacked them.

Onfray also gave the impression of finding more excuses for ISIS by speaking a French “Islamophobia.” Why has Onfray has become so popular among the French jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq? Journalist David Thomson, a specialist in jihadi movements, explained that “Onfray is translated into Arabic and shared on all pro-ISIS sites.” Talking to Jean-Jacques Bourdin in 2013, Onfray even defended the right of Islamists to apply Islamic sharia law in Mali.

The German philosopher Martin Heidegger (left) was one of many European intellectuals and artists who embraced Adolf Hitler’s dream. Today, French philosopher Michel Onfray (right) has become the darling of the jihadist group, Islamic State, with his view that, while Islamists kill and massacre, it is not their fault; he blames the victims, because “the West attacked first.”

Onfray recognizes that we are at war. But this war, to him, was started by George W. Bush. He “forgets” that 3,000 Americans were killed on September 11, 2001. If you remind him that “ISIS kills innocent people”, Onfray will reply: “We have also killed innocent people.” It is the perfect moral equivalence between ISIS and the West. Barbarians against barbarians! The 130 French people killed on November 13, 2015 are just puppets of the West. With his moral relativism, Onfray opens the door to Islamist cutthroats.

Onfray belongs to a long list of charlatans who abound among Europe’s intellectuals. Writing for Le Monde, the most famous living German philosopher, Jürgen Habermas, claimed that “jihadism is a modern form of reaction to the living conditions characterized by uprooting.” Someone should have explained to him that all the terrorists were well integrated into the French and Belgian democracies, and living with welfare subsidies.

Another celebrity-philosopher, the Slovenian neo-Marxist guru Slavoj Zizek, argued that Islamism may seem reactionary, but “in a curious inversion religion is one of the possible places from which one can deploy critical doubts about today’s society. It has become one of the sites of resistance.” Zizek also claimed that “Islamo-Fascists” and “European anti-immigrant racists” are “the two sides of the same coin.”

The French intellectual Thomas Piketty, after the massacres in Paris, pointed at “inequality” as the root of ISIS’s success. Another well-known German philosopher, Peter Sloterdijk, claimed that the September 11 attacks were attacks were just “small incidents“.

José Saramago, a Nobel laureate for literature, claimed that flying two planes into the Twin Towers was “revenge against the humiliation”.

There were also those, like the French thinker Jean Baudrillard, who said that the attacks on the Twin Towers were actually desired by the United States. In short, Islamic terrorists did it, but we had really wanted it. Or to quote from the famous German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, the attack on the World Trade Center was “the greatest work of art that is possible in the whole cosmos.”

The peak of cynicism was reached by Dario Fo, the winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for literature, who said after 9/11:

“The great speculators wallow in an economy that every year kills tens of millions of people with poverty — so what is 20,000 dead in New York? Regardless of who carried out the massacre [of 9-11], this violence is the legitimate daughter of the culture of violence, hunger and inhumane exploitation”.

It has happened before. Philosophers such as Martin Heidegger and Carl Schmitt, writers such as Knut Hamsun and Louis Ferdinand Céline, musicians such as Wilhelm Furtwangler and Ernst von Karajan, are just some of the most famous representatives of European culture who embraced Adolf Hitler’s dream. Their heirs now justify jihad as the ultimate punishment for the Western freedoms and democracy.

Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author.

 

2 thoughts on “Meet the Western Charlatans Justifying Jihad”

  1. Islam always attacks first

    Perhaps these craven and morally inverted libturds have forgotten that Islam openly declares its holy right and duty to its “god” to always attack first.

    Allah deliberately created us as infidels for the Muslims to attack, to prove themselves to him. That’s their narrative, and they won’t be soon changing their tune.

    These intellectual midgets conveniently forget that all those Middle Eastern “Muslim countries” which they mistakenly presume were always theirs, were ALL previously Greek, Christian countries, before they were violently invaded, genocided, raped and conquered by the Muslim Arabs! (Hint: Arabs are ONLY from the country called “Arabia”)! You know, countries like: Egypt, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraq, a large part of Greece itself (the parts formerly known as Thrace, Tarsus, and Anatolia, but now called “Turkey”) and India (now known as “Bangladesh” and “Pakistan”)!

    So, NO; We didn’t start it by attacking them first. Before Muhammad, (and, come to think of it, ever since, too) nobody had ever bothered to invade Arabia – a lifeless land of volcanoes and deserts – not even Alexander the Great! So Islam wasn’t formed to “defend Muslims” (which also never existed before Muhammad)!

    Read the Qur’an, ahadith and sirat – there is nothing defensive about Islam:

    The Qur’an clearly and very specifically tells Muslims the Bible is wrong and also that all Christians and Jews are infidel criminals who worship a false god, and who must therefore be extorted, enslaved, and murdered for their “crime” of not being Muslims:

    Sura (Chapter) 47:1-4 of the Qur’an:

    1: Non-Muslims are bad, (allegedly because they insult Allah by dividing his nature*);
    2: Muslims are good, (allegedly because to them Allah is the cause of everything*);
    3: Allah made them both like that;
    4: So Muslims should chop off the non-Muslims’ heads.
    (“Allah could have done it himself, but he wants you Muslims to do it for him”).

    It’s all right there, in context: Islamic violence is entirely general doctrine-driven, and not at all specific grievance-driven.

    (And chapter 47 isn’t by any stretch even remotely the worst, most violent chapter; that honor goes to either chapter 8 or 9).

    So don’t go looking for what actions of yours may have offended or provoked them; they have been taught from birth that your existence alone offends their god, and so should offend them.

    Muslims have been officially taught to believe that they are the “best of people” (Qur’an 3:110) and that unbelievers are the “most vile of created beings” (Qur’an 98:6).

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    *[Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority: their abode will be the Fire: And evil is the home of the wrong-doers! (3:151)].

    So, if and when you consider Islam to be a religion, you must agree with it’s main tenet: that God is a violent murderer who wants his muslim tribe to violently conquer the world by extorting, enslaving, and murdering all the non-Muslim humans, right?

    At WORST, all REAL religions only say:

    “Obey our silly rules, or GOD (/’the gods’) will get you!”

    …but ONLY islam says:

    “Obey our silly rules, or WE will get you (‘for god’)!”

    A forced ‘Faith!’ ISN’T a “Faith!” at all – it’s only extortion, and extortion is always a CRIME.

    Bottom line: Muslims must be told straight out, unequivocally: “If you decide to believe in “allah,” you have declared yourself a criminal, and so must be arrested, indicted, tried and convicted. Your confession of “faith” in your crime-god will help us to do so.”

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    Further, here are some more teachings from the Koran, “valid from eternity to eternity”:

    2:191 Slay the unbelievers wherever you come upon them.
    9:5 Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.
    2:98 Allah is the enemy of the unbelievers.
    30:45 Allah does not love the unbelievers.
    3:28 Muslims must not take the infidels as friends.
    3:85 If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah) it will never be accepted.
    8:12 Cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.
    8:60 And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy.
    4:89 Anyone trying to leave Islam must be murdered for it.

    Got that yet? “Kill them wherever you find them!” is from (2:191, 4:89, AND 9:5).

    There really is not any room for doubt. Islam is a MURDER-gang / extortion racket posing as religion.
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    Further, from Dajjal:

    “Killing innocent civilians walking the streets of Paris or New York cannot be justified under any religion or political ideology.” Islam holds all non-Muslims to be “rebels against Allah” [kuffar], subject as per 5.33 to exile, decapitation, crucifixion or cross amputation for simply not believing in Allah. Look it up at Qtafsir. “Waging war against Allah and his Messenger” “includes disbelief”.

    When they rape and or enslave a Christian or yazidi girl, they are enyoying one of the privileges Allah has given them[4.24] “that your right hands possess”.

  2. The simple fact is that people like Onfray are not intellectuals – they lack the necessary facilties for critical thinking and they are, at best, frauds.

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