Islamic Extremism Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Marine Le Pen

Marine Le Pen stands to benefit most from attacks such as in Nice. (Photo: Politico Europe)

Marine Le Pen stands to benefit most from attacks such as in Nice. (Photo: Politico Europe)

In a way, it’s almost worse when Islamic extremists don’t use weapons or explosives in their attack. With 9/11 – the only weapon used were boxcutters –they showed they can do just as much damage with everyday vehicles such as planes and trucks as with semi-automatic rifles (and occasionally, fully automatic), handguns, and explosives.

Meanwhile, let’s take a moment to visit what makes France a target.

It’s the largest Muslim community in Europe.

Five centuries of French oppression of Algeria.

France’s aggressiveness toward Libya, Syria, and the Islamic State.

The power it once held in Syria, Lebanon, and elsewhere in the Middle East.

The banlieues (suburbs) full of jobless young Muslim men.

President François Hollande said:

“France has been struck on the day of her national holiday,” he said. “Human rights are denied by fanatics, and France is clearly their target.”

You can change that to read that soon, “Civil rights are denied by fanatics.” Such as the far right. Marine Le Pen, president of France’s National Front, Marine Le Pen, stands to benefit the most from this attack that may, once and for all, drive most of France to adopt a staunchly anti-immigrant stance, by becoming elected next president of France.

  • Get Hope

    If you want to move into another county assimilate into that culture. Remember you left your old country for a reason and you choose your new country. Let’s not make the new country the very same thing you are fleeing. Or hopefully deportations Will start for those who want incompatible Sharia law in open society

  • curri

    “Five centuries of French oppression of Algeria.”

    WTF? The French invasion of Algeria in 1830 brought an end to three centuries of enslavement of white Christians and piracy by the Algerians. But I’m no expert on this, so I could be missing something.

    • Jerry Pallares

      You are correct!

  • Skiltz1

    This ahistoric piece of garbage should be stripped off the internet. The French weren’t even in Algeria five centuries ago – that was another colonial power, far more brutal and despicable called the Ottoman Muslims.

  • BC

    The guy that wrote this should be banned?

    Algeria ruled by France for 5 centuries?

    Check your history idiot

    • josemtous

      You are right almost two centuries. This guy doen not know history.

    • tempest411 .

      And wasn’t Algeria full of pirates back then anyway, who justified their attacks on European shipping because the Europeans were infidels anyway?

  • Al Hope

    Was FP purchased by Saudi Arabia?

  • Helmethair

    Multiculturalism is failing in Europe and it’s not the fault of the Le Pens.

  • Timothy J. Williams

    Five centuries of French oppression of Algeria? Even my undergraduate students know that is nonsense. This author is a fool. The French ruled Algeria only from 1830, and “oppression” is a very relative term. Despite manifold injustices (though much, much less than those the Algerians meted out to each other) the French occupation was a period of unqualified growth and civilization. Algeria is infinitely worse off today because of its violent rupture from France.

  • S.M. Stirling

    Five centuries of French oppression of Algeria? Dude, you disqualified yourself on the grounds of gross historical ignorance. Go read the Wikipedia article.

  • La-La Land

    Everyone is a target of these people. This writer has his head in the sand.

  • Jerry Pallares

    What a bad article. They let anything on the internet. The author is a specialist of the ” metaphysics of nuclear disarmament”; enough said!

  • simeongallu

    It is more than unfortunate that Russ Wellen’s glaring historical error and inaccurate generalisations discredit the main thesis of the article – namely that every terrorist attack in France (and every other European country) adds to the rise the Front National and other extreme-right, “Nationalist” (code for Racist/Crypto-Fascist) party in electoral politics. I recommend that he and anyone else interested in an informed account of the antagonistic relationship between the French Republic (basically its media and political class) read Andrew Hussey’s book “The French Intifada.” Hussey’s book isn’t perfect, but it’s by far the best I’ve come across – at least he (like me) has lived a long time in France, long enough to understand the intractable complexities of Franco/Islamic relations, both historically and in current events. (I present as evidence the recent sale of French fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, and Nicholas Sarkozy’s inviting M. Qaddafi to set up his tents on the lawn of the Elysée, only for France to be involved in his overthrow later on) To my fellow contributor who has suggested that French citizens who happen to be Muslim or of immigrant origins should “assimilate’ France’s cultural norms, I’d point out that “assimilation” is antithetical to the American ideal of “the melting pot” or the ideal of an open, inclusive society respecting individual expression of multiple cultural and religious practices within a united, democratic society based on rule of law. Neither Islamist Extremists nor Extreme-Right Wing Nationalists would accept either of these ideals. Wellen’s article is bad: he ignores the French Republic’s obsession with “laïcité,” an extreme form of the separation of Church and State which, in recent years has been used to curtail the wearing of headscarves by muslim women and forbid the wearing of the veil, as well as justifying the right to pornographic, intentionally “blasphemous” cartoons intended to provoke Muslim extremists. Meanwhile, while you don’t see as many nuns or priests and monks in soutanes as you once did, you still see them, and I’ve yet to hear of one being given a fine for wearing a wimple or a rosary. Furthermore, the vast majority of France’s large Muslim population are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation offspring of North African workers brought here by the French government during the boom years circa 1950-1975. Most of these French citizens are peaceful, hardworking and in many respects, quite well “assimilated.” We would be suicidal to minimise the threat of extremist islamist terrorism (which often has about as much to do with Islam as the KKK does with Christianity), but we would be at least as foolish to ignore the threat posed by the electoral power of Marine LePen’s Front National, and even more by virulent “identitaire” movements, some of whom feel the Front National is too soft and are already preparing paramilitary militias of their own. A high-ranking French intelligence official recently confided that the greatest fear with that community was that a few more terrorist attacks would set off a wave of retributive violence from the extreme-right, leading to a condition resembling civil war.