After tweeting this, Maajid Nawaz was quickly met with a barrage of disagreement and shock from loyal friends and followers. Even I did not understand how he could make such a suggestion. If terrorism is done through intimidation and violence to achieve political or social aims, changing one’s actions in the direction of the terrorist’s desires would surely validate the criminal’s actions. Surely talks of peace just helped Islam to expand. Right? The terrorists just wanted appeasement. We had to defend our own freedoms in our own lands...or else.
“Thank you for seeking peace over division,” Maajid tweeted two days later on October 28th in response to Hasan Ismaik’s tweet and article. Hasan's Arabic tweet read this way in English: “Did we hear French President Macron's speech and understand his intended dimensions or did we just listen to the statements that some religious and political parties used in order to catch troubled water? I read the letter well and managed to have its meaning, but I did not see any attack on Islam.”
Once I read that tweet from Hasan I felt guilty. I never listened to the entirety of Macron’s speech. I was therefore one of the people Hasan was talking about. In my defense, I not only don't speak French, it actually never occurred to me that there was a speech. After reading Ismaik’s entire Arabic article which had the French Prime Minister’s speech translated into Arabic, I started to see what Maajid had been saying about Macron all along.
“He got it,” Ulysse Pasquier replied to Maajid and quote-tweeted himself in order to continue speaking underneath his new statement. “Macron's speech must have been lost in translation," he previously said, "because you are interpreting it the same way as the countries boycotting. He didn't promote or even mention caricatures of Muhammad. He defended the right to caricature. One local townhall showed them, not a national policy.”
Knowing that I was now understanding Maajid’s line of reasoning better, I decided to reply to Ulysse with what Macron’s own speech taught me:
"Macron held the republic responsible in similar ways the West has," I said. "For example, the West has shares in the rise of terrorism via destabilization of various regions (mass carnage and overthrow of their leaders), proxies, and the arming, training of (and washing the hands from) terrorist groups. Maajid's concern was over Macron's strategy because, due to the issues Macron outlined in his speech, these problems are not fully rectified and, while I as a person of European ancestry 100% agree with everything France is doing, the strategy part Maajid is referring to is the bold display to mock the prophet of Islam on government buildings which affects regular Muslims who may already feel disenfranchised or not accepted as citizens.
"As I mentioned these issues in France are not yet rectified: many children are staying away from integration due to issues their parents are taking with schools, efforts to reform Islam by France are (in Macron's words) tainted by the 'ego' of post-colonialism and are, thus, counter-productive, women have been discriminated against due to their religious attire, and other issues. Macron said, 'And when the republic no longer offers children a future, you should not expect them to love it.'
"So the position I've felt Maajid is arguing from is that continuing with the emphatic declaration France is doing to send a message to those prone to terrorism, it will inevitably grow more of it. He's also looking at it from a geopolitical standpoint. Maajid says people don't understand him because they're playing backgammon and he's playing chess. My people are saying we don't care what happens, this has gone on too long. Maajid, however is actually taking more of Macron's approach by strategically thinking of realistic and tangible ways to fix the problem. So maybe this all explains further what Maajid meant by a tactical retreat."
On October 23rd, the Independent reported that “cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad were projected onto government buildings in France as part of a tribute to history teacher Samuel Paty, who was murdered by an Islamist terrorist last week. The controversial depictions from the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were displayed onto town halls in Montpellier and Toulouse for several hours on Wednesday evening, following an official memorial attended by Paty’s family and President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.”
However, whether these were a part of an actual national policy or even government buildings at all is not actually the point. Here's why. Today, Macron said the following on Twitter: “I was made to say, ‘I support the caricatures humiliating the prophet’. I am in favor of writing, thinking, drawing freely in my country. It's a right, it's our freedoms. I understand that it can be shocking, I respect that, but we have to talk about it.” Macron had to allow these Charlie Hebdo to be displayed on buildings in France. That is the point. The issue, however, is that this involves a much bigger issue than just freedom of speech.
Drawing more cartoons won't stop Islamic terrorism. pic.twitter.com/o44Cen2yio— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) October 29, 2020
MY INDIA MOVEMENT IS TYING UP WITH CANADIAN INDIANS TO SUE ARMIN NAVABI AN IRANIAN BORN CANADIAN FOR HIS SHAMING & INSULTING POSTS ON INDIAN GODS.— My India Movement (@MyIndiaMovement) September 6, 2020
THE CHEAP DEPICTION OF MAHAKALI WIL BE FOUGHT UNTIL THIS CRIMINAL & PERVERT IS BROUGHT TO BOOK & PUT IN JAIL for LONG YRS. pic.twitter.com/Xiom2vHxl8
They keep proving us right, religious fanatics will go to any extremes, whether they are Mohammed Hijabs of the world or they are blue goddess worshiping Hindus.— Harris Sultan (@TheHarrisSultan) September 5, 2020
They will attack real human beings over their fairytales. https://t.co/lexIzgef8a
4 years ago today, Islamic terrorists murdered 12 people and injured 11 others because they were offended over cartoons.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) January 7, 2019
Europe rallied to defend free speech against violent intimidation.
4 years later; What's the state of free speech in Europe today? pic.twitter.com/dWNzwSgZF2
TWO terror attacks hit France— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) October 29, 2020
+ Three dead - with two beheaded - in Nice church
+ Knifeman was shouting 'Allahu Akbar' during rampage
+ Another knifeman also shouting 'Allahu Akbar' is shot dead by police in Avignon
Read more: https://t.co/ml9Z2CEV9J pic.twitter.com/9w1n4ChKas
Charlie Hebdo makes fun of all. Even for the most serious things. pic.twitter.com/w9vQ9N4qWV— Michael Hadrons (@MHadrons) October 31, 2020
Charlie Hebdo reminds me of the "satirical" rag magazine Spy that was very dishonest and nasty and went bankrupt. Charlie was also broke!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2015
If the morons who killed all of those people at Charlie Hebdo would have just waited, the magazine would have folded - no money, no success!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2015
Yes, you have the freedom to publish it. But using images of this nature about any religion and showcasing them on buildings for your country's revolt just isn't the best strategy. As Paul Joseph Watson said, there are other more effective ways to produce a change.
In the video "Was America right to go into Afghanistan? A Debate with a Muslim", ex-Muslim atheist Harris Sultan gives detailed advice on vetting and immigration. And, by my inclusion of matters pertaining to immigration, I'm not at all suggesting all non-natives be deported. In his video "Is the Tide Turning", Harris explained how things were already starting to become a bit out of hand in this area. At a time like this I believe it's vital to continue to use critical thinking and sound reasoning.
Imagine a global crisis over a cartoon of a man who died 14 centuries ago— Gondal (@XGONDALX) October 27, 2020
I’m not saying anything that controversial. In fact, I’m quite weirded out by those refusing to understand my point & choosing to publicly disagree before asking— Maajid أبو عمّار (@MaajidNawaz) October 26, 2020
When, why, how & where to publish cartoons isn’t principle, *it’s strategy*
And Macron lacks strategy. That is all.
As I said, this French cartoon row started as one thing, but has now morphed into a geopolitical spat with Turkey, over Libya— Maajid أبو عمّار (@MaajidNawaz) October 28, 2020
France supports Russian-backed warlord Haftar
Turkey supports UN-backed Libyan gov
Macron’s right in France but wrong in Libyahttps://t.co/WBF4bH7xoH