Empire’s Collateral Damage
by Nebojsa Malic
January 17, 2015

The January 7 massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine and the subsequent hostage standoff at a kosher supermarket – resulting in the death of 15 civilians, two police, and three terrorists – were much smaller in scope than the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US. Yet they have had almost the same impact, throwing not only France but much of Western Europe into turmoil and raising questions about Muslim immigration, foreign policy and government (in)competence.

But while the establishment is focusing hard on promoting its cognitive dissonance about “free speech” – while arresting dozens for voicing their opinions – and diversity, and the opposition talks about the dangers of Islamic immigration, the real elephant in the room goes unmentioned. Europe may well have a Muslim problem – but it definitely has an American Empire one.

False Flag or Failure?

It speaks volumes that the public’s trust has been depleted to such an extent by decades of Imperial propaganda (e.g. “Iraqi WMDs”) that in the aftermath of the attacks there was much speculation about them being a “false flag.” This is fueled in part by the confusing and conflicting mainstream media narrative about the attackers. They were identified with astonishing speed, but much about their background has remained in the realm of speculation: were they linked to Al-Qaeda in Yemen, or the jihadists in Syria, or both? Actual facts seem to be in short supply.

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