IVAN RIOUFOL, a columnist at Le Figaro, is one of the most acute French commentators on the menace of Islam and its supporters on the Left in France. Naturally he is, as a consequence, despised by all right-thinking people. In the piece below, Rioufol reports on:
1) the attacks, physical and verbal, on the famed member of the French Academy Alain Finkielkraut, who, like Rioufol, speaks truth about Islam and its alliance with the Left and Far Left, and is especially hated by the “palestino-worshippers”;
2) the antisemitism and totalitarianism of the Far Left (exemplified by the far left group Nuit Debout), which is supported by the broader, slightly less extreme Left, as represented by the Socialists now in power;
3) the exclusion of white heterosexual men from the so-called public debates held by this left fringe group;
4) the refusal of Nuit Debout, which advertises itself as an equal-opportunity revolt against everything, to condemn Islam and the Koranic ideology; and finally,
5) Rioufol criticizes Pope Francis for his “refusal to contemplate a clash between the West and the Muslim world,” his ill-conceived attempt to win Muslim favor by misstating Islamic doctrine, in confusing the Christian God of Love with the Vengeful Muslim God, and his criticizing the West for being insufficiently indulgent towards Islam.
“Progressivism snuggles up to totalitarian thought,” translated from “Bloc-notes : le progressisme cajole la pensée totalitaire,” by Ivan Rioufol, April 22, 2016:
The masks come off, and, as if it were needed, the incompetence of the Left in power is revealed. Unveiled, in particular, is the Left’s attraction to sectarianism, and the sheer violence of the Party of Goodness (Leftists) when in full rout. On Monday, a poll conducted by Figaro-RTL-LCI after François Hollande’s television appearance four days before confirmed the precipitous loss of confidence in Hollande: he got only 15% of the intended votes for 2017, that is, almost the same as the far-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon. As for “Nuit Debout” (Up All Night), this fringe protest so overestimated by the System [i.e., the media-political establishment], let itself be rapidly subverted by a fanatical and racist extreme left. On Saturday evening, the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, who had come as a spectator, was kicked out of the Place de la République, after being insulted and spat upon. In January on France 2 [TV channel], he had already been confronted with the same hatred from a woman who was identified simply as a Muslim teacher and who attacked by name “pseudo-intellectuals,” all of them Jews.
An anti-Semitic and totalitarian ideology oozes from these “Nuits d’égout” [sewer nights], nevertheless promoted by the copycat press. The rejection of capitalism and the defense of the Palestinian cause – formalized by the recent creation of a commission called “Palestine toujours debout” (Palestine still standing) – are transforming the Jew, yet again, into the caricature of Banker and Colonizer. Thus anti-Zionism exposes its Judeophobia even more, as that hatred is the bedrock of an islamo-left that is concerned, these days, with highlighting its links with the banlieues [the heavily Muslim suburbs]. As for totalitarianism, it is visible in the incapacity of this movement to accept contradiction or even difference. The Young Communists were proud to have thrown the academician [Finkielkraut] out. The Figaro newspaper described, last weekend, how white and heterosexual men had been excluded from some “debates” that flourished in this place of Intolerance. Thankfully, one “antiracism” association, LICRA, expressed its indignation at this robespierrism.
Nuit Debout shows what the Extreme Left really is, protected by the Center Left, and by numerous journalists deemed sensitive to “nauseating” ideas: a disgrace and an insult to the Republic.
This discovery isn’t new for those who, such as yours truly, have had to endure for ages the seemingly soft dictatorship of a clan which protects itself and condemns in others its own perversions. Behind the demonstration of a humanitarianism brandished like a special privilege, the Far Left often tries to hide its disdain for liberal and pluralistic democracy. Those who continue to make Nuit Debout an example of revolt deny at the same time the dangers of the Koranic ideology, liberticidal and sexist. It is because he brought attention to this risk that Finkielkraut made his situation worse in the eyes of the palestino-worshippers.
This radicalism is a trap from which the desperate Left, which points to the FN [National Front, headed by Marine Le Pen] as the danger, needs to get out of before it sinks. Not all the participants in the Nuit Debout, a curious experiment in societal expression, are in the image of the militia who want to preserve their “entre-soi” (staying among themselves) and to purify the place. But it is up to the democrats [on the left] to clean things up. And yet that is not the path that has been taken. Not at the CGT [the leftist General Confederation of Labor] either; it too shows signs of the same ideological stiffening in the face of its loss of audience. Philippe Martinez, the secretary general, chose to back, on Tuesday, a poster from the Info’com federation of the CGT which accuses the CRS [French riot-control forces] of “striking” citizens instead of “protecting” them, against a backdrop of a puddle of blood. Must Martinez, who seems to have already forgotten the Salafist attacks of 2015, be reminded of who is causing bloodshed in France? In reality, Marxism and Islamism are destined to get along.
The weakness of the Pope
The goodwill towards totalitarian ideology, an intellectual laziness regularly denounced here, has reached the somnolent progressive elites. They want to convince themselves of the false evidence of a happy identity and a dialogue of civilizations. For them, the prospect of a civil war is in the realm of fantasy. This head-in-the-sand approach is a godsend for the Salafists, left in peace in their undertaking to conquer and re-Islamize the Muslim community. Contrary to what Hollande announced the other night, the Sunna mosque of the Salafist imam of Brest, Rachid Abou Houdeyfa, was never closed. This is the enlightened one who teaches children that listening to music turns one into a monkey or a pig. For his part, the Belgian Interior Minister, the Flemish Jan Jambon, created a scandal on Monday when he said that “a significant part of the Muslim community” had celebrated the Brussels attacks “with dancing.” A fact confirmed by the head of the government, Charles Michel, who was careful to avoid “generalization.”
It bears repeating: nothing is more obvious than the complete incompatibility between political Islam, an all-encompassing ideology, and democracy. It is nevertheless this very incompatibility that Pope Francis dismisses in turn, caught up in his refusal to contemplate a clash between the West and the Muslim world, despite history and despite the facts. His decision to bring back from the Greek island Lesbos, on Saturday, three Syrian families taken into the care of the Vatican, is of course a good illustration of Catholic humanism. His apparent forgetting of the Christians of the East, persecuted by ISIS, nevertheless leads us to fear a lack of interest when it comes to his own religion. For him, all refugees are “children of God.” But the Muslim Vengeful God is not the Christian God of Love. On Tuesday, the Holy Father accused western societies of closing themselves off, “out of fear of a change in mentality and in life” that, according to him, the arrival of the immigrants would entail. He mentioned, in addressing them, “our merciful and forgiving God,” using the expression in the Koran. Nevertheless, hoping for the indulgence of Islam by submitting to Allah is a weakness which puts into doubt the credibility of Francis.
Merkel capitulates before Erdogan
Angela Merkel shows the same surrender when, in order to calm the wrath of the sultan Erdogan, she authorizes the criminal proceedings demanded by the Turkish president against a German comedian considered too impertinent. This renunciation to defend freedom of expression is the final humiliation.
Promotion of the veil at Sciences Po
And then this: a “Hijab Day” at Sciences Po Paris, launched Wednesday by students to promote the Islamic veil. When will we see a women’s submission day?”