As a dedicated observer of world events, I could not miss the opportunity to read, watch, and experience the recent massacre in Paris. But what should I make out of it? Should I feel hate or compassion? There are many questions that arise and for all those who engage in critical thinking, it is difficult to decide on their position with ease.
Once more, we have to think about who can gain and who is going to lose. But to be able to do this, we also have to understand the situation in a broader sense, not just as a separate event with no connection to current social problems.
Muslims in Europe are far from being a threat in terms of demographic. Economist brought us a chart representing the current percentage of Muslims in each one of the European countries. So there is no need for us to bother with the current immigration or populations, the problem is apparently somewhere else.
One of the common interpretation of Islam in the current culture says that it is not compatible with “our” values and culture. Critics usually claim that it is the Christian values we stand for here in Europe. But this is extremely problematic, especially when lacking any particular definition of what they mean by these values. If we look at some of the typical manifestations of them, then the whole Europe should be anti-abortion, anti-homosexual, and highly conservative in terms of family, education, among others. But once more, when we actually look at the current value system, we can see that many of these values are long gone. What is the evidence that Muslims would not undergo the same liberal revolution after spending more time in Western Europe? And isn’t it already happening?
When we look at the extremely heterogeneous group of Muslims living in Europe, what do we see? I believe that many of them are cultural Muslims. People, who are forced or decide to abandon their country, tend to idealize it, and feel even more connected to it than when they lived there. It would be relevant to actually get a real number of church attendees among the Muslims, to be really able to map their activity throughout Europe.
Unlike many self-proclaimed democrats, I believe that people are not illegal in principle, and all boundaries are principally artificial. This means we should work on destroying them by engaging in close dialogue between the cultures, without feeling superior to anyone. After all, we were just lucky to be born exactly where we are. Into a racist and capitalist world, in which we were taught that the white race is the best. Adding another label to immigrant – Muslim or terrorist – will not improve their image, and they are going to lose because of the attack.
But back to my initial question; who will gain? The answer is clear and I would like to invoke the so called P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, which was approved by a US Congress and signed by George W. Bush on 26th of October 2001. Secret agencies, anti-terrorist programs, more police controls and routine checks. Both police and army are going to have its heyday. As well as doom prophets from the extreme right politics, especially Marine Le Pen. And once more, the irrationality of the system will manifest itself by answering murders by even more murders, teaching us to take vengeance instead of trying to understand the core of the problem – our illusion of European supremacy, which we see in our ability to buy and enslave people around the world with our capital.