Pas en mon nom ? De la mobilisation des musulmans contre le terrorisme. Depuis plusieurs jours, on assiste à la prolifération de textes dénonçant l’Organisation de l’Etat islamique (OEI), ses exactions, ses meurtres.
Libération du 26 septembre titre en « une » : « Nous sommes tous des “sales français” » avec, en surtitre, « Les musulmans contre l’Etat islamique ». Le quotidien fait référence à un texte paru le 25 septembre sur le site du Figaro, et écrit par un collectif « Nous sommes aussi de “sales français” » : Tous les médias, ou presque, se félicitent de cette mobilisation, qui touche d’ailleurs de nombreux pays européens, et notamment le Royaume-Uni (avec le hashtag #NotInMyName). Pourquoi alors soulève-t-elle des polémiques et réactions très négatives parmi diverses associations ? Le Comité contre l’islamophobie en France (CCIF) s’est désolidarisé de cet appel. . « Il serait temps d’arrêter de culpabiliser les musulmans pour des actes dont ils ne sont PAS responsables. Rue89, dans un texte très ironique, riposte le 25 septembre :
Rushanara Ali Quits Labour Frontbench Over Vote To Approve British Airstrikes In Iraq. A Muslim member of Ed Miliband's frontbench team has resigned as a shadow minister because she was unwilling to vote for British involvement in air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq.
Rushanara Ali said that she shared other MPs' revulsion at the "horrific and barbaric" actions of IS - also known as Isil or Isis - but was concerned that military action would create further bloodshed for the people of Iraq. The Bethnal Green and Bow MP was appointed a frontbench spokeswoman on education last year, having previously served as shadow minister for international development. In a letter to Mr Miliband ahead of the vote on Iraq, Ms Ali said: "I understand the case that has been made and will not be voting against the motion. Syrian wars of proxy. The Syrian war is not only a proxy war.
There is a strong internal dimension to the war in Syria but it has been obscured by various layers and dimensions of outside intervention and agendas. The Syrian regime wants to stay in power at any cost while there was certainly a civil popular opposition in Syria when the uprising first began. There are thousands of reasons for the Syrian people to protest against a family dictatorship that has controlled much of their lives since 1970 but the civil protest movement did not erupt by itself, the Western media narrative notwithstanding.
Concurrent with the protest movement that erupted in 2011, Turkey and Gulf regimes had already set up armed rebel groups to help bring down a regime. The internal dimension of the war in Syria, however, is now probably marginal to the global and regional war raging in the country today. Apocalypse now, Iraq edition. I wanted to offer a wry chuckle before we headed into the heavy stuff about Iraq, so I tried to start this article with a suitably ironic formulation.
You know, a déjà-vu-all-over-again kinda thing. I even thought about telling you how, in 2011, I contacted a noted author to blurb my book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, and he presciently declined, saying sardonically, “So you’re gonna be the one to write the last book on failure in Iraq?” I couldn’t do any of that. As someone who cares deeply about this country, I find it beyond belief that Washington has again plunged into the swamp of the Sunni-Shia mess in Iraq. Isis claims it has US airdrop of weapons. A US airdrop of arms to besieged Kurds in Kobani appears to have missed its target and ended up in the hands of Islamic State (Isis) militants.
Video footage released by Isis shows what appears to be one of its fighters for in desert scrubland with a stack of boxes attached to a parachute. The boxes are opened to show an array of weapons, some rusty, some new. A canister is broken out to reveal a hand grenade. The Pentagon said it was investigating the claim but admitted that one of its airdrops had gone missing. If confirmed, it would be an embarrassment for the US, given the advanced precision technology available to its air force.
The seemingly bungled airdrop comes against a steady stream of US-supplied weapons being lost to Isis forces, mainly from the dysfunctional Iraqi army. Why ISIS is Israel's key ally in stopping the creation of a Palestinian state. In equating the resistance to Israeli occupation to ISIS, Israel is tarring all Palestinians as bloodthirsty Islamic extremists.
What is Israel’s real goal? Israel's supporters placed an advert in the New York Times that aims to equate ISIS with the Palestinian resistance in Gaza. But these are two very different organisations. An image speaks a thousand words – and that is presumably what Israel’s supporters hoped for with their latest ad in the New York Times. Two photographs are presented side by side. A headline stating “This is the face of radical Islam” tries, like the images, to equate the two organisations. We have heard this line repeatedly from Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who tweeted “Hamas is ISIS” after the video of Foley’s beheading aired.