FIGAROVOX / CHRONICLE - On July 26, about 500 migrants crossed the security barrier separating Morocco from the Ceuta enclave. Gilles-William Goldnadel looks back on this event and analyzes the treatment of this news in the French media.
Gilles-William Goldnadel is a lawyer and essayist. He is president of the France-Israel association. Every week, he decrypts the news for FigaroVox.
It will be remembered that the press section of the Paris prosecutor's office had the strange as well as fatal idea to prosecute Nicolas Dupont-Aignan for having dared to use the expression "migratory invasion". Fortunately, the Parisian judges, last month, have put a stop to this new attempt to limit freedom of expression when it disturbs the reflex ideology of some accusers or others supposed to inform.
But even beyond the freedom to think and to say, certain facts place the most raw and smelly reality under the eyes and the nose of those who do not want to see or feel.
In Tunisia first. Two weeks ago, a ship, the Sarost 5, with 40 African migrants on board, is waiting in vain for the Tunisian authorities to give them permission to dock. The former Tunisian president, Moncen Marzouki, fired his successors on his Facebook page: "what will you say, when France, Spain or Italy will let Tunisian migrants drown without reacting?". The former president is one of the few to be severe towards the authorities of his country. Men with very dark skin are not treated well. My colleague Tunisian lawyer Ftouh Souhail, a notorious and courageous opponent of radical Islamists, recently revealed that his country would be the second most intolerant country in Africa according to a recent study of the independent institute Afrobarometer. It was also placed at Level 2 on the list of transnational human trafficking countries according to the 2016 report of the US State Department's Bureau of Control and Trafficking in Human Trafficking. But hardly anyone cares.
Does the Sarost 5 tell you anything? The French do not know him because their press did not think of telling them. This is an unspoken saying a lot of things.
He says that in fact the ideological press, often unwittingly, does not care about the plight of African migrants. He says that the way in which they are welcomed or treated by non-Western countries does not interest them either. He says that the only thing that excites the press is what can be demanded or reproached to Western man in terms of moral obligation.
The ship Aquarius, subsidized indirectly by the very ideological Open Society George Soros, did not think for a second to claim the welcome to Algeria or Tunisia.
It is moreover in this very restrictive context that the ship Aquarius, chartered by SOS Mediterranean and subsidized indirectly by the very ideological Open Society of George Soros, did not think for a second, in contradiction with the international maritime law of rescue at sea, to claim the welcome to Algeria or Tunisia yet closer but to demand from the most distant but European Italy.
Let's go to Morocco then, or rather in this postcolonial Spanish enclave named Ceuta.
The French press has indeed revealed without great excesses of indignation that more than 600 African migrants had forced the border to enter Hispanic soil, so European.
To be able to claim the right to asylum, they have not skimped in coercive means: use of quicklime and feces excrement on police officers.
Here again, there is much to be said in what has not been said and perhaps thought about.
On the surface, the fact that a new Spanish government, led by socialists reluctant to defend the external borders of Europe comes to business, did not escape those determined to step over them. The fact also of not having in mind the most basic principles of the law of nations. Like the one who wants "fraud corrupts everything".
And so, the one who uses violence can not hope to demand a right. Even a non-Western stranger within a continent so undermined by doubt and bad conscience that modern human rights celebrated religiously no longer really apply to its old inhabitants.
In depth then. Thus African migrants filled with energy burned with quicklime and thrown excrement on men of the Spanish Civil Guard.
The media and political antifascism gone crazy will have a hard time showing these images under the prism of his old fantasies struck with obsolescence.
My imagination is powerless to describe the legitimate political or media reaction in the event of a Western policeman throwing excrement on a black man.
The media and political antifascism gone crazy will have a hard time showing these images under the prism of his old fantasies struck with obsolescence. Reason why, he did not show them much.
On the other hand, the fantastical idea of wanting to burn or cover with filth the consenting white man corresponds quite darkly to the collective unconscious of the moment.
Or rather, to a certain declining collective unconscious that the most conscious men in Europe are now determined to denounce.
At the risk of being covered with this spittle they now hold for compliments.
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Gilles William Goldnadel