Introduction to the French edition of
The Battle for Discourse
[The book is to be presented on September 25 at 6.30 pm at
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an American tank photographed on Iraqi soil, one can discern a motto: Today
Baghdad, Tomorrow Paris. In the days of the Iraq war and Jacques Chirac’s
objection to the US aggression, this feeling was common among the Yanks: they
perceived France as their greatest enemy. “The worst they could do was to rename
French Fries as Freedom Sticks,” laughed the wits. However, a few years later
this slogan became true: after Baghdad was taken, Paris was also captured by the
American forces. In order to install an American stooge in Baghdad, the
Americans had to fight for a few weeks. The American stooge in the
l'Élysée was installed without a single shot.
Though he looks like the Pink Panther, Sarkozy is a sinister
figure in French history. France has been the only state in the world that
managed to get rid of Yankee occupation; not any longer! President Sarkozy
decided to undo the great achievement of Charles de Gaulle, who succeeded in
removing American Occupation Army and placing the French armed forces under
national control. Sarkozy returned the French army into the NATO fold. He sent
French troops to Afghanistan to pour their blood on the Atlantic Submission
altar. In a pompous speech, he promised “not to surrender Afghanistan”
[presumably, to Afghanis]. “There is a war going on here, a war against
terrorism, against fanaticism, that we cannot and will not lose”. He actually
repeated the words of Jacques Doriot who had sent French volunteers to fight for
the Third Reich against Soviet Russia.
Welcome to Occupied France? “Oh what nonsense! Life is not
bad; cafés are open, theatres are full, the French are free to express
themselves,” you’d say. But under German occupation, cafés were also full, and
Les Halles bountiful. Recently, there was an exhibition of André Zucca’s photos
“The Parisians under the Occupation", which reminded us that life went on as
usual even then. Maimonides wisely wrote that life will go as usual even after
messiah’s coming: the sun will rise and set, girls will fall in love and boys
Without noticing, France – and Europe – passed from the era
of democracy to the tyranny of totalitarian liberalism, based on three
non-democratic, non-elected powers: that of the Banks, that of the Media, and
that of the Judges, all propped up by America’s troops and banks. This is a
nameless and faceless tyranny: we do not elect the people who decide our fate;
we do not even know who they are and what they want, but we feel their enormous
The essays in this book were written mainly in
Israel/Palestine, and this location has made me acutely aware of a strange and
somewhat unexpected feature of the new French tyranny: it is usually devoid of
humanist feelings and extremely partial to the Jews. Palestinians could be
starved to death, Lebanese bombed, Iranians nuked and Russians ostracised for
doing a fraction of what the Jews do every day. A large number of Jews in
prominent positions in all the three of these non-elected branches of power
provides an explanation of this partiality.
French politicians feel it: whenever a Jew is hurt, all the
French leaders speed to his bed, and thousands of well-meaning men and women
march in solidarity. If a synagogue wall is defaced with graffiti, the president
goes there to express his fury and sadness. It is better to deny the Creation
and Crucifixion than to doubt the supreme importance of the Holocaust, this new
elitist and antidemocratic religion of interventionism and of the superiority of
the rich and powerful. Though this cult belies the proclaimed separation of
Church and State, no new Voltaire has arisen to écrase the infamy, and if he
were to, he’d find that the Republic has some new jails in place of the
Indeed, only utter a critical word about the Jewish-run
apartheid in Palestine, about its historical and ideological roots -- They won’t
send you to a camp, true, but they will fine you into oblivion.
My book on this subject, the Galilee Flowers was
published in many languages and in many countries in Europe and elsewhere. It
was also published in France under the title Autre Visage d’Israel. In
France only, its first edition was burned by orders of the CRIF [Conseil
Représentatif des Institutions juives de France (English: Representative Council
of French Jewish Institutions), an umbrella organization of French Jewish
organizations], and the second edition’s publisher was fined €15000.
I – a citizen of Israel – was sued by the CRIF for being
disrespectful to Jews, and the French courts accepted the suit. Is there another
community, is there another religion or group of people enjoying such
protection? Mind you, these court rulings are not based on law, but only on its
biased interpretation. When a Muslim-basher is being sued for being
disrespectful to Islam, the courts indignantly reject such suits in the name of
freedom of speech. So the courts have their absolute freedom of action: they may
accept in order to protect dignity, or they may reject, in order to protect
liberty. The judges are human: they know what is good for them. If they were
they type who would ban attacks on Islam and permit criticism of Jewishness,
probably they wouldn’t get appointed in the first place. Today, the Jews are in
the position of the aristocracy in the Ancient Regime: they are above criticism,
and can’t even be discussed.
Many people paid attention to the Jewish roots of Sarkozy.
But this may mean little. If you want to observe true sycophancy and
subservience to the Jews, you should listen to Fadela Amara, a Frenchwoman of
Algerian origin who is minister for urban affairs. For her, Jewish suffering,
Jewish rights, Jewish memory are important. Nothing else, not French sorrows,
not even those of her own kin. She bays for the blood of potentially disloyal
(to Jews!) officials. She “regrets” the misfortunes of the colonised Algerians
or Africans, “but it can’t be compared” with the fate of the Jews. She hates
Hamas, the elected government of Palestine, she hates the Iranian president; she
supports anti-Islamic cartoons and films, and she feels herself at home in
Israel. But like Sarkozy, she governs you.
Another one, Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, was the NATO
gauleiter in occupied Kosovo; under his benevolent rule thousands of Kosovars of
the wrong ethnicity or faith were expelled from their homes or killed. Now he
too has political power over you. A Zionist and a human rights activist, he
supported all past “humanitarian” interventions – the bombing of Serbia, the
invasion of Somali and Iraq -- you name it. He ruled over NATO-conquered Kosovo,
and allowed his pet Albanian gangs to burn churches and to expel the Serbs. Now
he supports Bush's plans to attack Iran and Israel’s plans to strangulate Gaza.
Sarkozy and Kouchner could not have gotten into power unless
the non-elected powers of media, banks and judiciary had conspired against your
freedom, unless they put JB Levy and Finkelkraut into every TV box, unless they
arrested and jailed people expressing other views, unless they had financed only
certain projects. Restoration of democracy is necessary; and non-elected powers
should be placed under control of the electorate.
What happens in France is of much concern to the world.
France was a beacon of civilisation, a bastion of culture, and just the most
pleasant country on earth. We billions of strangers would like you to keep up
your glorious French traditions. Please do not become another clone of mass
Israel Adam Shamir
Appendix: Sarkozy's leftist
By Adar Primor
Fadela Amara, 43, the Minister for Urban Affairs who is
feminist and single, militant in her soul and anti-Islamist in her blood.
Connected to the ideological left but serving in a right-wing government.
Comfortable in Israel
Amara says that when she was in Israel, she actually felt
quite at home.
Holocaust is incomparable:
Anti-Semitism is a fact and we know exactly what it has led
to in our history. It can't be compared to anything else. I'm not prepared to
accept moral preaching from some Muslim intellectuals who use the term
'Islamophobia' as a parallel to anti-Semitism. You can't liken the Holocaust and
the memory of it to my personal-family memory, which is of the colonization in
Algeria. It's true that my father, who was born in the colonial period, was
deprived of his rights. He was not allowed to attend school, and I can only
regret these 'sad intervals' of French history. But that has nothing whatsoever
in common with the Final Solution. The terrible Holocaust was the most barbaric
act the world ever came up with. It's not like anything else at all. Not even
the genocide in Rwanda."
In Rwanda, it was an organized genocide, though.
"But it wasn't set out or carried out in the same mechanical
and sick fashion. In my opinion, the trap that some intellectuals try to use by
putting everything on an equal footing in the name of some sort of competition
among memories is the ultimate anti-Semitic act. A deluxe act of anti-Semitism…
Anti-Semitism is returning in a new formula in the suburbs, where the Islamists
have rotted our children's brains. If we had properly fulfilled our roles and
if we had radically reduced anti-Semitism in France, including in administration,
we wouldn't be witnessing its renewal today in the suburbs, in its Islamic form,
together with its discourse, which has fascist overtones. It's all because of
our cowardice and because we didn't want to admit and we didn't want to know.
You support President Sarkozy's controversial proposal to
assign each elementary school pupil the task of remembering a single Jewish
child who perished in the Holocaust?
"Yes, I'm so anxious for it not to happen again that I'd do
anything for that purpose. The idea of adopting the memory of a child who
perished in the Holocaust - maybe not by an individual student but by an entire
class - is good, effective and necessary. Especially today.
"People talk about so many memories - colonization, slavery,
etc. - but the emphasis has to be on the Holocaust, because we haven't
sufficiently internalized the memory of it.
"As someone who respects democracy and is opposed to the
Islamist forces, I was very, very miserable when Hamas won the elections.
"At any rate, no one can be allowed to question Israel's
right to exist, as that psycho president of Iran is doing.
Does this "psycho president," as you call him, frighten you?
"Anyone who says he's not afraid of someone like him is also
What is your position regarding the publication of the
caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed?
"As a devoted advocate of freedom of expression, I support
it. I understand that some may be offended by it, but I still don't understand
why it should cause such a great fuss."
And do you also support the distribution of the film by Dutch
right-winger Geert Wilders, who claims that the Koran is fascist and compares it
to "Mein Kampf"?
"Yes!" she replies with fervor. "I'm against the comparison
that is made with 'Mein Kampf,' but I demand that I be allowed to fight so
people can express themselves in accordance with their thoughts and beliefs."
Even if the intention is to provoke?
"Yes. If there are people who think that Islam is a religion
of terrorists, I need to be able to hear them say this and to confront them on
it. This is the essence of democracy."