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January 12, 2015

Paris - A Photo-Op For the Hypocrites

Update: The New York Times is lying to its readers about the photo-op:

The world leaders — including President François Hollande of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain — joined the march in a solemn line. They moved slowly, clasping arms to show solidarity with the victims. The crowd roared in approval.
At various times, those in attendance burst into spontaneous applause and occasionally into “La Marseillaise,” the national anthem.

The NYT description is completely fake. As you can see below the crowd never had a chance to even see the "world leaders". They never joined the march. There was no crowd at the photo op to roar approval.

Original post follows

Many people marched in Paris to express solidarity with those killed in attacks there last week.

As often happens in big marches, a small, violent minority hijacked the event for their own twisted ends.

Even criminals who were allegedly uninvited, like Netanyahoo, took part in the photo-op. Actually the fake "front row" of the march was  rearranged, with the Palestinian dictator Abbas suddenly missing, to fit Natanyahoo's election campaign needs.

Here is one picture of the front row of hypocrisy with Abbas next to the German chancellor Merkel (and Sarkozy next to Netanyahoo).

Abbas was removed, (as was Sarkozy), and the queen of Jordan was put in his place.

But that was still not good enough for Netanyaahoo to use in his election campaign and its tweets so some unknown second row person was put next to Merkel in a shot for Netanyahoo to use.

This event truly brought everyone in the world together. In revulsion at these politicians abusing it to polish their image.

Posted by b on January 12, 2015 at 3:52 UTC | Permalink

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Posted by: Mina | Jan 13, 2015 3:01:50 PM | 98

French police are generally unarmed. When weapons are involved they need special forces. That is why Hollande had to activate the military throughout the country.

Frankly I prefer unarmed French police to trigger happy US traffic police.

Posted by: somebody | Jan 13 2015 20:22 utc | 101


What are they supposed to have done in that situation?


Regular police in France is not armed when they are at daily service?

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 13 2015 20:40 utc | 102

Posted by: Rogan Josh | Jan 13, 2015 3:08:43 PM | 99

It is not the only video with problems. This here is the video of the freeing of the supermarket hostages. It is shortened from this here.

The reporter explains that the hostage taker seems to be "mal a la main". Second video explanation says his hands are attached.

But neither of the videos make any sense should the aim of the police have been to secure the hostages.

This witness though confirms it - his report does not make much sense either.

Posted by: somebody | Jan 13 2015 20:58 utc | 103

when we hear the phrase 'world leaders' we have to wonder what it means in an age of osensible 'democracy' or 'rule by the people'.
why not call them 'dictators'?

Posted by: brian | Jan 13 2015 21:20 utc | 104

Charlie Hebdo has decided to publish new Mohammed insulting cartoons, to prove it wont knuckle under to a 'isloamist' attack.

1. was the attack by ISIS backed jihasdis?
2. the rally really ends up getting people to support the right to: insult degrade demonise slander...normally behaviour people are taught to reject(as it endangers public order). France a few years ago had a law against provocative images etc...what has happened to it?

3. This is an eg of shock therapy

Posted by: brian | Jan 13 2015 21:24 utc | 105

Posted by: somebody | Jan 13, 2015 7:34:24 AM | 86

ah Brzezinski, the father of islamic terrorism! in its modern role of attacking secular states 2 further US war on socialism

Posted by: brian | Jan 13 2015 21:50 utc | 107

Posted by: somebody | Jan 13, 2015 7:34:24 AM | 86

Brzezinski shows he is no slouch when it comes to the Big Lie: his use of the mujahadeen in afghanistan aganist the socialist govt was no support for 'moderate' anything. He needed brutal killers ready to kill and be killed

Posted by: brian | Jan 13 2015 22:03 utc | 108

Brzezinski:'We should not fight a war against "Jihadi terror" - to them it is a just war'

no, the media demonises the likes of syrias govt, so that fundamentalist(not moderate) muslims can go on jihad with a clear conscience

Posted by: brian | Jan 13 2015 22:05 utc | 109

Charlie Hebdo’s new edition to have Muhammad cartoons

So utterly stupid.

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 12, 2015 12:19:09 PM | 48

i will say it again 3 million people foolishly rally for the right to slander degrade insult demonise anyone(except jews)...normally behavior parents dont encourage in their children or govts in their state, for obvious reasons!

so the march of the world leaders was the correct one: THEY marched for right to slander degrade insult demonise anyone(except jews)...

Posted by: brian | Jan 13 2015 22:09 utc | 110

@8 idiot, there are no parallels, because Grynszpan killed the rep of the Nazi regime in France and not indiscrimately any human beings

Posted by: grynszpan | Jan 12, 2015 3:45:40 AM | 9

you mean nazis arent human beings? what makes u think the murders at CharlieHebdo were indiscriminate?

one effect is it got 3 million people to rally in support of Charlies(and anyones) right to libel slander demonise degrade insult...of course the MSM does this every day as well against target leaders....and that helped launch Kristalnachts in Syria and Libya

Posted by: brian | Jan 13 2015 22:18 utc | 111

@brian 108-109
politically radicalized islam has been used as a post-colonial tool to undermine nationist movements in africa, ME and central asia since the dawn of the 20th century. We are seeing the culmination of this strategy. This does not bode well for the peoples of these regions.

Posted by: spinworthy | Jan 14 2015 2:41 utc | 112

Still, the car is seen moving slowly. To recall: there has been 2-3 attacks all along the Christmas holidays in France with mad men shouting Allah Akbar and attacking cops in a police station or crowds in Christmas markets using their car as a weapon. Add the daily threats of IS and of AQMI because of this and that war.
So for the first big meeting of the Charlie Hebdo team after the holidays, they are not able to send cars to pursue the guys more quickly? I mean these cops in the car moving backwards in the video had plenty of time to call other people, so that it is amazing that the guys managed to leave, drive all the way to Porte de Pantin, steal another car, and leave.

By the way, b's worse fears are definitely here:

In the last few days, after the massacre, some nervous guys insulting the cops when caught for minor crimes such as speeding on the highway or taking a bus without ticket have just been condemned to prison sentences because they refered in their insults to the massacre. According to these criterias (i.e. a very lax definition of "apology of terrorism", if you don't even need to put any ideology in it), half of the drawing published by Charlie on a weekly basis could have been condemned.

Posted by: Mina | Jan 14 2015 4:58 utc | 113

Posted by: jfl | Jan 14 2015 6:14 utc | 114

Who paid? ...

Imperialist war, the “war on terror” and the end of democracy

Those horrified by the gunning down of Charlie Hebdo’s staff and the subsequent murder of hostages must not allow the blanket media coverage and hypocritical denunciations of “senseless evil” blunt their critical faculties. ...

The publication of today’s commemorative edition, featuring yet another degrading caricature of Mohammed, is a political provocation by the French state, which has funded, to the tune of €1 million, its 3 million-print run and worldwide distribution in 16 languages. Millions in additional funds have been contributed by Google, the Guardian Media Group, Le Monde, Canal Plus, Mail International and other media corporations. Charlie Hebdo is only one cog in a much larger ideological apparatus designed to whip up racist and nationalist sentiment. The aim is to provide the necessary breeding ground for far-right movements — the National Front in France, Pegida in Germany, the UK Independence Party in Britain ...

Posted by: jfl | Jan 14 2015 6:41 utc | 115

Posted by: Mina | Jan 13, 2015 11:58:18 PM | 112

France has a huge problem, they are trying not to let people know how huge it is. They say the weapons were bought in Belgium and originated from the Balkans. Well...
French media find out they talked to the guys before, on life in the banlieues, on rap and the mosque, on prison, one of the Kouachi brothers was invited to a talk with Sarkozy. These were very visible, connected guys ...
As long as people riot in the banlieues and destroy their own areas, no problem, just cordon them off. But now guys who were trained in urban warfare, logistics and communication, with professional weapons came to the center of Paris.
Also, obviously, with everybody being able to put videos online including the assassins, police and media find it hard to control the story.

Posted by: somebody | Jan 14 2015 6:44 utc | 116


Good information but I don't think the Right Wing groups need much provocation, it is the Liberals who are being encouraged to join the Islamophobia bandwagon. Some of the media supporting this Charlie provocation campaign are definitely Liberals.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 14 2015 7:10 utc | 117

The problem is huge

.Les frères Kouachi ont été élevés à l’école de la République. Pendant plus de dix ans. Plus qu’un échec de l’immigration, cette tragédie est un échec de nos institutions et notamment de l’éducation nationale. C’est un problème d’assimilation évident. Jusque dans les écoles primaires, on nous rapporte que des élèves ont refusé de respecter la minute de silence. J’ai été frappé par la très faible présence des jeunes Français musulmans dans les manifestations de dimanche. Leurs aînés, leurs parents étaient là, en, revanche; chez moi, à Tourcoing, je les ai vus pleurer, chanter la Marseillaise, donner des signes forts d’appartenance à la République. Ce n’est pas un problème d’immigration, mais un problème de générations.
Actually, I think the two brothers were born in France.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 14, 2015 1:41:16 AM | 114
It is stupidity. Or autism. The inability of the remaining Charlie Hebdo team to mourn "we will just keep making fun and laugh it off" is sad to watch.
Right wing nationalism would be a side effect. They aim for a clash of civilization. Plan A new cold war (cutting off Europe from Russia). Plan B clash of civilization (cutting Europe from the Middle East and Africa). Plan C renewed European nationalist war.
Blowback: Europe, Russia and the Middle East might unite. Let's hope so.

This here is a Edward Said lecture on the Myth of the Clash of Civilizations.

Posted by: somebody | Jan 14 2015 7:30 utc | 118

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 14, 2015 2:10:39 AM | 116

Yep, obviously Charlie Hebdo was perfect to target liberals.
First time was Khomeini against Rushdie in 1989. Rushdie was a nice left wing intellectual then, though slightly arrogant.

It made Khomeini hugely popular. Britain somehow caved.

Charlie Hebdo are a new brand of suicide cartoonists. Do they really think the other side will stop doing what they are doing first?

Posted by: somebody | Jan 14 2015 8:28 utc | 119

@somebody #118:

Charlie Hebdo are a new brand of suicide cartoonists.
The cover of the new issue has a cartoon of Muhammad holding up a sign saying "Je suis Charlie" (nothing learned) with a caption above saying "Tout est pardonne". So not only is CH continuing to brazenly offend Muslims, it is now also trivializing the murder of its former employees. Even Americans are not capable of such tastelessness.

Posted by: Demian | Jan 14 2015 8:50 utc | 120

Ah ... you all did notice that it is the f*cking French Government now directly funding hate speech?

Translating it into16 languages.

The Sturmabteilung are alive and well in France ... looking to go transnational.

No need for Vichy this time, the French are out in front of the Germans. No one bats an eyelash.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 14 2015 9:17 utc | 121

The Sick Man of Europe ... is Europe

... what is destroying Europe is a cultural sickness that eats away at the body politic, even among the most "enlightened," and makes civil society – or just plain civility – impossible. Politically, this raging illness mandates the rise of the National Front, Pegida, the Hungarian Jobbik, the Swedish "Democrats," and the Geert Wilders gang in the Netherlands, as well as their Islamist mirror images.

I cannot get over the fact ... is it a fact, can it really be? is pretty reliable ... that the French Government has publicly become Charlie. Will they be funding 3 million copies in 16 languages every week, from now on in?

Posted by: jfl | Jan 14 2015 9:48 utc | 122


Crazy yes, but not surprising, western world is "still" very racist. The emperor is naked indeed because no one speaks out how it is.
I heard new threats are already coming in against "charlie" after new prints. Oh who could have thought that would have happen, sigh.

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 14 2015 10:04 utc | 123

Posted by: jfl | Jan 14, 2015 4:17:28 AM | 120

It is simply stupid bigotry. Anticlerical caricatures using taboo body parts have a long tradition in France - since the enlightenment. They just don't understand people with a different socialisation. Or feel that they are at home and their guests should take it or leave it. Probably both.

Charlie Hebdo should have a health warning on its cover like packets of cigarettes - "funny only if atheist, might cause death".

Posted by: Demian | Jan 14, 2015 3:50:49 AM | 119

Yep. I think they did not get much time and have basically recycled the stuff they already got. It is a shock reaction of "we will prevail". What they don't realise is that this is not a case of epater le bourgeois but the center of Paris bourgeois mocking the suburbs.

Posted by: somebody | Jan 14 2015 10:24 utc | 124

4 years in prison for justifying terrorism ca 50 cases in 1 week

They have lost it completely.

Posted by: somebody | Jan 14 2015 10:35 utc | 125

And now the comedian. Dieudonne arrested for justifying terrorism

Actually, he seems to have simply mocked the march.

Will Charlie Hebdo now say "Nous sommes Dieudonne"? When will everybody start laughing at the French state?

Posted by: somebody | Jan 14 2015 11:02 utc | 126

In the case of Dieudonné it is more than shouting to the cops "a good cop is a dead cop" or something like that; he said "I am Charlie Coulibaly", i.e. the guy did the right thing.

Posted by: Mina | Jan 14 2015 11:13 utc | 127

מסכים איתך שזהצעד חיובי לכולם זה הוא צעד”> איציק אברהם אמיתי של טורקיה לקחת שימו לב שאף אחד לא עם כוח אמיתי שילם הרבה תשומת לב להזיותיו למרותMSM לגרור אותוכמומחה

Posted by: Rinat | Jan 14 2015 12:09 utc | 128

Posted by: Mina | Jan 14, 2015 6:13:43 AM | 126

I would not interpret it that way. He mixes the two names - basically he says he is both. To construct support/justification of terrorism from that is a long way.

Here he praises the Iranian revolution and thinks Christians should convert to Islam.

Here he seems to have compared Islamic state beheadings to the French revolution.

He is a comedian and targets the taboo. Like the caricaturists of Charlie Hebdo. Just the taboo of different people.

Posted by: somebody | Jan 14 2015 12:10 utc | 129

That's true for sure that he goes for taboos. But after his show with Faurisson, I have no more sympathy. The rhetoric he is using in the dialogue with Faurisson (check on youtube) is very precise, with words literally clinging with extreme-rights phraseology.

Posted by: Mina | Jan 14 2015 13:06 utc | 130


I always knew the zina creature @129 was a zionist scumbag

Now the the zio-scumbag is just proving it.

Posted by: Rogan Josh | Jan 14 2015 13:12 utc | 131

Posted by: Mina | Jan 14, 2015 8:06:25 AM | 129

I am not sympathizing. Just think the French state is crazy to arrest him on a dubious charge.

I am not sure left or right make any sense here (not in a German context anyway, but not in a French either, I suppose)

Dieudonne's dalliance with the French far-right draws the headlines because it seems so bizarre. And it is true that his bandwagon attracts a fair share of ultra-nationalists and theorists of the Jewish-capitalist take-over. His ally the writer Alain Soral is a prime example.

However at his stage performances many of the audience are disaffected youngsters of black and Arab immigrant background.

According to Jean-Paul Gautier, author of The Dieudonne Galaxy, these people "feel abandoned by society, they don't seem to find their place in it. So basically what he is saying is - look while you're bashing your heads against the wall, the Jews are filling their pockets. And as a message it works."

For this largely Muslim audience, putting the blame on "Zionists" is an easy sell.

It doesn't just explain why their co-religionists in Palestine are going under. It explains why back here in France, they are too.

He seems to be able to fuse a male white working class audience with second generation immigrants. I agree it is a nazi recipe. It does split Marine le Pen's following though.

Posted by: somebody | Jan 14 2015 13:53 utc | 132

For this largely Muslim audience, putting the blame on "Zionists" is an easy sell.

It doesn't just explain why their co-religionists in Palestine are going under. It explains why back here in France, they are too.

Posted by: somebody | Jan 14, 2015 8:53:10 AM | 131

Given that the BBC is run by a self-admitted Zionist Jew, that claim in the BBC article is hilariously ironic

Posted by: Rogan Josh | Jan 14 2015 14:16 utc | 133

Zio-Nazi Ambassador writes to Lib Dem leader to complain about David Ward’s comment about Israeli PM at Charlie Hebdo march

The Israeli ambassador to Britain has written to the Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, to express his abhorrence at “offensive and shocking” comments made by David Ward MP on the presence of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, at the solidarity march in Paris on Sunday.

During the march, which followed last week’s terror attacks in the French capital that left 17 people dead, the Lib Dem MP for Bradford East tweeted: “#Netanyahu in Paris march – what!!! Makes me feel sick” and “Je suis #Palestinian.”


Here's a clip of the Zio-Nazi PM forcing his way to the front of the "March of Hypocrites" set to the Looney Tunes theme song -

Posted by: Rogan Josh | Jan 14 2015 14:21 utc | 134


'Free speech' and 'hate speech'

They have made it abundantly clear.

'Free speech' is speech which advances the interests of the rich and powerful. 'Hate speech' is speech which undermines the interests of the rich and powerful.

We were fooled into accepting hate speech laws on the basis that they were a protection for the weakest in society.

If that was ever true, it is certainly not true now . . . .

Note that it is 'free speech' to infuriate Muslims by depicting Muhammad, but 'hate speech' to infuriate Jews by drifting even ever-so-slightly off the Official Story of the Holocaust (the Holocaust is the religion of the Jews).

The difference between 'free speech' and 'hate speech' is money and power.

The revisionists tweak the most powerful people in western societies;

the cartoonists shit-heads at Charlie Hebdo tweak the least powerful.

Posted by: Rogan Josh | Jan 14 2015 15:09 utc | 135

I like the way they always have these photo-ops.
What exactly is the point of Queen Noor of Jordan in the centre of the photo?
None whatsoever, except for the fact that she just happens to be pretty.
So naturally, when looking at these photos the first thing and only people like myself are going to be doing is start looking for a pretty (preferably young) woman.

It adds a sort of compositional prettiness/elegance to the picture.
(I think artists/painters understand what I am getting at)

Apart from that , her presence in the photo is of absolutely no relevance whatsoever.
(why not replace her with some pornstar or whatever, but that would be too obvious)

Posted by: chris m | Jan 15 2015 11:21 utc | 136

I hope to see as large a crowd defending Hebdo's right to depict Moses fucking a pig, Krishna eating a cow, Jehovah enjoying a three-way with Mary and Joseph, the pope blowing an alterboy, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster shitting meatballs.

Posted by: Paul Glover | Jan 15 2015 16:39 utc | 137

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