…AND THE ONE MILLION IN THE UNITY MARCH IN PARIS (TO NOWHERE), LED BY HOLLANDE AND SOME OTHER EUROPEAN LEADERS…
By Mansor Puteh
This is what is happening in Paris and France in recent times; the French had discovered that their own definition and concept of the Freedom of Speech and Expression to be wanting and it is not perfect.
This is what the whole of
and the world did not see; they refused to see it because their eyes are
blinkered; they are too close to the happenings that they had all failed to be
intellectual and realistic or real. France
All of them are thinking of Charlie Hebdo of
none of them seemed to be aware of Charlie Chan of . Both the Charlies are in the same
boat, involved in the same issues and controversies. Hollywood
Charlie Chan is ‘dead’, long live Charlie Hebdo…?
And the National Front of France leader Marien le Pen was not invited to attend the march in
so she had to organize one her own elsewhere? Long live, ‘Liberte, Egalite and
Fraternite’ ( Paris ,
Equality and Fraternity)?? Liberty
Yet, Charlie Hebdo cartoonists did not consider these national slogans or philosophy when they decided to make fun of the Prophet knocking off ‘Equalite and Fraternate’ as they pleased.
Yet, still, no one in
Paris and France
and America and Europe has got the connection. They prefer to play the
blame game with the television stations preferring to secure street-level views
on the matter; they won’t be able to see anything beyond what their brains can
They are very angry with themselves that they have not embraced universalism and are finding themselves to have erred, to a disastrous effect causing the untimely death of some of their own kind.
But alas it is not too late, as they had also found out. Now they marched to show to the world that they have been wrong all these years that their government and military cannot engage in international expeditions without facing backlash at home and in
Charlie Hebdo became the scapegoat for the errors committed by the French and their government for intentionally wanting to mess around in the Middle East and
Africa where they did not belong after the country was
pushed out of them by the anti-colonialist forces in the relevant countries.
Did the French watch Charlie Chan, television serial and film produced by
If they had then surely, Charlie Hebdo might have got some valuable lessons from them.
Yet no one carried the offending caricature of the Prophet or a copy of the Charlie Hebdo magazine during the March of Unity or Unity March in
on Sunday, 11 January, 2015! Why?? Paris
…Why are they so scared to do that to prove that they believe in their version of the Freedom of Speech and Expression They only dared to carry short pencils and placards in French.
Hollywood studios which are very powerful too had to bend to accommodate
backlash, i.e. concerning Charlie Chan, the Chinese character which they had
created which many Chinese today find to be offensive. America
Maybe Charlie Chan films were not banned; they were just taken out by the Hollywood studios that created them because they did not want to offend anyone especially the Chinese in
and the rest of the world. America
There are no Charlie Chan film repeats on television or a remake of the film by anyone even if the main character will be played by a Chinese actor from China or Hong Kong instead of a white American passing and made up to look Chinese.
CNN says there were a few hundred thousands who attended the Unity March in
, on Sunday, 11
January, 2015. Paris
The other international television news networks have other figures ranging from more than one million to one and a half million people.
Le Monde, the newspaper in
said there were more than two million. Paris
But from what I can see on television, I can safely say that there were not more than half a million people or less.
And the only question I kept asking myself as the march moves on slowly was: Where were they marching to?
No, I am not talking about the march starting from Place de la Republique to Place de la Nation, which is a short distance for the guests and people to do.
But what are they trying to prove?
They say they are protecting Freedom of Speech and Expression, and insist that the people in Charlie Hebdo were right in doing what they had done even to the expense of surrendering their lives.
Yet, there was none of the international leaders and those in the half a million crowd had bothered to carry a dated issue of the magazine much less one bearing the caricatures of the Prophet.
A magazine in
Hamburg in was
quick in republishing the caricatures, and their office was quick to be
No one was hurt in the fire attack, since the office was closed after office hours, or attention would be refocused on them from the office of Charlie Hebdo in
Paris, especially if there were some of the magazine had
What were the political elected leaders and those in the crowd afraid of? They were so many of them and no one would dare hurt them.
They were also on live television.
The most disgusting part were the comments made by some of them in the crowd and those whose views and opinions were solicited by the staff of the television stations including their own.
Fareed Zakaria and Christianne Amanpour’s views on the matter are passable and predictable; they are not original or intelligent.
The French government now under President Francois Hollande must start the march again to the point when they are the most smart and intelligent and not emotional.
If they can do that, they can give justice to themselves, the French population and the rest of the world.
Hollywood and the French government must allow Charlie
Chan to be shown on French television, if this television serial is not offensive
to the Chinese and see what the average Chinese-French citizens would say to
that, and what the Chinese in China,
Taiwan and Hong
Kong and elsewhere will react to that.
And Charlie Hebdo should also print tee-shirts and postcards bearing the caricatures that their dead cartoonists had created and sell them to see just how many French people would buy them and also to wear the tee-shirts and to whom they would send the postcards to.
Charlie Chan is ‘dead’, long live Charlie Hebdo…?