A formal request to the Attorney General
By: Mohamed S Kamel*
On Sunday night at a safe peaceful place, stood the victims with their families and friends at their local mosque to perform their night prayer. A mosque located in a quiet touristic city. A young Quebecer entered that mosque armed with hate and a rifle, terrorized the prayers, shattered the silence and ended their life.
The young man has been identified as Alexandre Bissonnette, and is being charged with six first-degree murders and five attempted murders. We can’t convict him until the court does, but we have to ask ourselves the question; did he do it alone?
What we know about Alexandre so far is that he was a peaceful young man living a normal life. However, he has ears and eyes; was not isolated in a silo from all that is happening around him.
Alexandre grew up during the Hérouxville era, when a mayor of a small city, knowing nothing about Muslims or Islam, decided to issue a chart forcing immigrants to accept Quebec values, as if one’s values are superior to others.
What could he have been thinking as he watched a five-million-dollar commission investigating the so-called “reasonable accommodation”? A commission to respond to lies and hate propaganda. For sure, he asked himself; “why should we accommodate and receive these people to our country?”
Things did not settle for long before started even more ridiculous ideas with late Quebec’s government proposed so-called “Charter of Values”. It did not stop there. Shortly after, re-started with the Parti Quebecois’ leadership election, where candidates competed for racism and racist votes, and their leader committed to ban Islamic Hijab.
Still no answer to the question; why we receive these people and accommodate their strange religion and values in our country?
Then came the federal election core question, do we allow “Niqabi” women to vote or not? Instead of debating our needs of employment and our children's future, we are debating nonsense questions.
Again, the Conservative leadership campaign is debating MP Kellie Leitch’s support of Trump’s policy and her plan to screen immigrants for prescribing to ‘Canadian Value’. Because her understanding of values is superior to everyone else’s, especially those Muslims.
Did we ever speak up against this prejudice and hate speech? We did not! Even some media outlets promoted the notion of superiority.
What we know so far is that Alexandre lived his life and affected by all this propaganda. Then came Marie Le Pen, the worst right wing in France’s modern history. Alexandre’s life changed completely after he started following the hate speeches and the fear mongering promoted by Le Pen.
Alexandre reached a point of hate that needed a small push. Came Trump with his sickening views, and plans that we all listened to, and joked about. He was the spark that flamed this hate into exploding and justified killing neighbours.
Alexandre will be brought to justice, but why alone? He did not commit the crime without support and promotion. Should we not bring Le Pen and Trump to justice with him, they are the stirrers of this terrorist crime.
Some will reject this notion, how can we possibly think of denying white supremacist the right of free speech or accusing them of complicity? Both are partners in this crime. That notion is the reason that the world experienced people like Hitler. If we had stopped such fascists, millions of innocents would be alive today.
Consider this as a formal request to the attorney general of Quebec to indict Le Pen and Trump as partners with Alexandre Bissonnette. Alexandre pulled the trigger but he is not the one that started the provocation the hate and the fear in generations to come.
People in the East and the Middle East are living under double terrorism. Terrorism from their own government and another one from the terrorist groups, such as ISIS. We, in the West, do not know yet the meaning of living under this threat. The hate mongers brought terrorism home and helped it grow. Homemade terrorism that is spreading fear. If we do not resist it, it will become our only core value.
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