"It's important because you have to show them that it will not be them who will rule, but us": this from a little blonde lady in cap and glasses, around 70 years old, holding a blue-white-red flag in her hand. She pronounced this sentence, somewhere in deep France, during the minute of national silence for the victims of the Nice truck, on Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at noon.
"Them" and "us." Who are "they"? Who is "us"? That's the question.
A francophone newspaper in Maghreb had the headline "Republican values targeted". Good grief! As Raymond Barre would have said, "They targeted republican values, innocent French people were hit". Thus, the mad trucker in Nice attacked "republican values"? But which ones?
No, dear lady, there is no "them" and "us". There is only one "we", and this is called humanity. And there are no values that are republican and others that are not. There are human values, they are universal. The first one is the sanctity of life. Of all life, human, animal, vegetable or mineral.
The Islamic State has designated the mad trucker in Nice as one of their "soldiers". And immediately all the short-lived media experts were unleashed to "confirm" that the M'Saken trucker was really a jihadist. One would want to laugh if it were not so tragic. But, Daesh had also claimed membership of Orlando's killer to its global army of shadows. But now we know that Omar Mateen wanted to avenge one of his Puerto Rican lovers, HIV positive, by slaughtering a maximum of "Latino fags". Daesh is firing on all cylinders. They would be wrong to deprive themselves of the wonderful opportunities afforded by the world's media for some free advertising. And to "confirm" their claims is proof of an abysmal and criminal stupidity.
The second universal value, dear lady, is: "You shall not rule over others." So long as we divide humanity between the "rulers" and the "ruled" there will be crazy drivers who choose to live their last quarter hour in humanicidal fireworks with guaranteed global media glory.
Emad Hajjaj, Jordan/Palestine