“It’s a Plot, Against us and Against Islam”

The day after the jihad massacre in Paris, a German journalist visited a dive in a culturally-enriched banlieue of Paris. Striking up a conversation with the youthful clientele of the place, she learned the real explanation for the previous night’s horror: It was a hoax by the security services, and besides, the Jews did it.

Many thanks to JLH for translating this article from Die Welt:

“It’s a Plot, Against us and Against Islam”

For many young Muslims in France, the attacks are inventions of the security services. They see themselves as victims. Facts make no difference. Anyway, the Jews are responsible.

by Alexandra Lavastine, Paris

November 22, 2015

On this grim Saturday morning, the day after the attacks in the “Bataclan” and at other places in Paris, France was in shock and the world was frozen in horror. But how had the young people in my quarter, in Département 93 in Seine-Saint-Denis, experienced the nighttime slaughter? I was filled with a vague sense of hope. What if the Islamist killers and this bloodbath had alienated their young admirers from the suburbs who are otherwise fascinated by these “heroic warriors”?

In their whole universe, bounded and shaped by a dizzying moral abyss, the most important principle of all for many of them, is resisting the dominant opinion. The many beheadings, the prayers in the streets, the full body veil — does all that shock or unnerve them? They “love that stuff,” because they “s**t” on France.

But this time? Can these horrifying pictures of the murderous attacks really leave them completely cold and not evoke the beginning of disgust or an identification with the victims? This time, young people at a rock concert were affected. And people were targeted at a soccer match — their great passion — and in none other than the Stade de France, near here. They could even have been among the public there. Wasn’t that a major tactical error by IS? I admit that I expected at least a vague “this time they went too far” as I entered the bistro on the corner at 10:00AM.

First surprise: Nothing here indicates that the country has been struck by tragedy. The TV over the bar is on and pictures of what happened are running over and over. The exclusively male clientele only glances over at it out of the corners of their eyes, but no one appears especially affected.

I ask the publican, who is red-eyed from lack of sleep. He is a friendly Christian Arab who identifies himself as a “Babylonian Assyrian.” “I can’t believe it” he says quietly. “Since I came on at 8:00 AM, people are talking about all sorts of things, but not what happened. It’s ‘business as usual’.’ As if someone had said: Move on, people, nothing to see here.”

I sit down with Malik*, whose face is expressionless as he drinks his coffee. I tell him he’s looking tired, which is understandable after the appalling massacres in the last few hours. “Why appalling?” he throws me a dismissive look. You don’t really believe what they are telling us.!” My trusting belief inspires only “pity” in him. “Just think about it for a second. A Muslim does not kill. Killing is haram for us. It says so in the Koran.”

There has to be a trick behind it

I try the role of the dim-witted, gullible woman: Of course, Islam is a religion of tolerance and peace, but perhaps there could be bad Muslims, fanatics who distort it and use it only for political purposes? “What kind of nonsense is that?” he answers. “An announcement like that is easy to fake. Like the pictures — they are all doctored!” And since a Muslim cannot be a murderer, “there must be a trick behind it!”

Meanwhile, Malik’s buddies have arrived and are getting into our conversation. The very aggressive Nidal crows: “Anyway, we know the truth. It’s a plot, against us and against Islam, like it was with Merah[1] and all the rest!” The rest? Another one offers a fearful clarification: the gas chambers were a “Zionist invention,” September 11th was a Mossad conspiracy and the Charlie Hebdo massacre was a coup planned by DCRI (General Directorate for Internal Security).

“Do you remember the Kouachu brothers!? (assassins at Charlie Hebdo) I have a buddy who knows them well. He told me that the second brother had already died in 2009. How’s that for proof? The point is to smear all Muslims!” Earlier, they had only the official version presented by the “media.” In the meantime they have access to knowledge that is not available to the uninitiated. “We won’t let ourselves be conned anymore.”

I ask them what their favorite websites are: Dieudonné, Soral, Médiapart, oumma.com, Les Indigènes de la République.

But they do not understand the sense of my question and say only: “The internet retains. YouTube. Do you know YouTube?” I don’t insist, because I see that the idea of an information source means nothing to them. And just as quickly I drop the question of the truth of the alleged plot — the paranoia inherent in conspiracy theories is, in and of itself, immune to any kind of rebuttal of the “facts” — and I turn instead to the secret directors of the whole plot — who are they supposed to be? “We will probably never know exactly,” Kevin says with an apprehensive and doubtful expression.

Now Réda gets agitated and speaks up vehemently: “You’re nuts! With all due respect, Madame, it’s obvious: the gigantic swine, the barbarians, the criminals who are supposed to be mowed down by Kalashnikovs — those are the Jews. But you will never dare write that in your newspaper, because they control everything.” Really, everything? “No, actually only 80%,” estimates the somewhat more reasonable Kamel, who has access to more exact figures.

At the word, “Jew,” the conversation instantly heats up

His neighbor, who is a little embarrassed in my presence, tries to nuance it a bit more, “The Jews, or actually the Zionists. Those are the big bosses, the caids, who are behind it all. Even the French state is nothing but a marionette in their hands.” Now all of them nod emphatically and declare, for mysterious reasons, that only Putin is “a class guy” who “could save us.”

The minute these three magic words — “Jew,” “Zionist” and “plot” — are launched, they reach out to stir up the group. By now, close to noontime, they are not at all inclined to shed a tear — even the smallest one — for the dead and wounded of the previous night. There is a complete lack of feeling, an indifference. While I am still pondering the insights of Hannah Arendt[2] and the fact that barbarism also arises from lack of thought and coldness of feeling, Toufik succeeds in guiding the discussion to a subject they are visibly enthusiastic about: the “Francs-Maçons,” the Freemasons — “the allies of the big boss, the big caid.”

Then an immediate addition: “In France it’s really simple. If you don’t belong to a lodge, you don’t get a job.” His friend interrupts: “Don’t forget Sarko and his bunch! After they gave the Americans five tons of gold in exchange for chicken feed, they moved to Tel Aviv!” His neighbor continues: “Even the French are tired of it. They already feel out of place in their own land because of the grubby Jews. And a person should still have the right to feel at home in his own place — it’s just normal.”

Disorganized minds, saturated with hate speeches

I dare to remark that Nicolas Sarkozy certainly appears to still be in Paris. “Of course, as usual, after all BFM and iTélé (French news broadcasters) are controlled by Rockefeller.” I admit, I hadn’t thought of that.

And anyway, “They are all Islam-hostile; they should just stop stigmatizing us,” adds another.

And he surprises me with that. These young, disorganized minds, steeped in speeches of hatred and spooky conspiracy theories, have grasped very well the present, dominant one-size-fits-all thinking and how they can make use of it. They fluctuate between — on the one hand — extortion and “Islamophobia” distilled from the politically correct dogma that Islam and Islamism must not be confused and — on the other — a self-righteous role as a victim.

Apparently, they are not yet acquainted with the trend of the “neo-reactionaries.” And Malik’s axiom — “a Muslim does not kill!” — accords with present-day credulity, i.e., that evil cannot come from the camp of the good people, in which the “damned of this earth” are found. And this explains the success of Edwy Planet, founder of Médiapart, who had the nerve in 2013 to speak of a “so-called Islamist terrorism.”

Without these areas occupied by supposed progressive thought, in which reality is ideologically denied, perhaps a book like The Lost Territories of the Republic would have allowed the correct diagnosis to be made in time. As early as 2002, it contained a whole collection of alarming comments by teachers of secondary students.

The elite are still sleepwalking

The Left, whose cowardice was shameful, preferred to pillory the book and characterize it as racist: How could anyone dare to prognosticate an offensive by Salafists from certain French neighborhoods? Scandalous!

The consequence: fifteen years after the first indicators, France registers the actual threat emanating from a self-radicalizing Islam. The question is, which is more horrifying: the absolute aimlessness of a lost youth, which nonetheless was born and raised in France, or the lack of courage of our sleepwalking elites who have been complicit in creating this breach in society, first by their denial and then their capitulation?

Until recently, even mentioning the problem was considered tasteless. Ignoring it was good form. Tragic. At the beginning of the 2000s, my interlocutors were still children. Back then, too, it was our thousands of jihadists produced in France — among them, the murderers of November 13th.

* The names of the young Arabs in this conversation have been changed.

Alexandra Laignel-Lavastine is a French journalist. After the attacks on Charlie Hebdo she published La pensée egarée (Confused Thinking). Sub-title is “Populism, Anti-Semitism: an essay on the suicidal tendencies of Europe.” It is a vehement criticism of the intellectual milieu, which had closed its eyes to the radicalization of the Islamists in Europe.


1.   Reference to the series of three gun attacks targeting French soldiers and Jewish civilians in the cities of Montauban and Toulouse in southern France in March 2012.

The perpetrator was identified as Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old French petty criminal, of Algerian descent — putative Al Qaeda member — who died in a shoot-out with police.

2.   Hannah Arendt: German-Jewish, American citizen (beginning 1951), political theoretician scholar, writer.

17 thoughts on ““It’s a Plot, Against us and Against Islam”

  1. Excellent article. You can hear similar views in any coffee shop in the East End of London, or anywhere else in London. Sadly, they are shared by English leftists, too and until this confused conspiracy theory can be dispelled, I see no peaceful future for Europe.

  2. It must be like walking on eggshells when interviewing these muslims; one wrong word and your life could be threatened. They must exist only on emotions, completely devoid of commonsense or logic.

    • It’s odd how they combine volatile emotionalism with icy coldness. They don’t seem to have much empathy for human beings, but they are passionate about Islam and about their own status (“the best of peoples”) as Muslims. But their strongest emotion is hate — particularly their psychotic hatred of Jews.

      • Rade-

        They don’t have empathy for us kuffar because they don’t see us as human beings. Or at least not the same sort of human beings that they are.

  3. I wonder if this was an exercise to demonize certain alternative media sources or further use the law to attack more Soral and company. Médiapart? If those kinds of people in the banlieues read that, then they must have thick skins or throw a large pinch of salt to be able skip over the articles about Islam in all its horror.

    The irony is certainly not lost on me there. It does show the level of mainstream journalism in France, all on their high horse. They are so remote from the common mass living here in France.

  4. The rot set in when schools and universities across the West stopped encouraging freedom of thought and became mouthpieces of ideologies which held everything, but their own Marxist cynicism, in utter contempt.

    The same reaction happened after 9/11. Muslims dancing and celebrating on the streets of the Middle East intoned that it was a Jewish plot. However, we ought not to expect rational thinking from a Muslim whose brain has been reduced to that of a parrot by the habitual recitation of cant and continual habitation inside a 7th century culture. Even if they attend Western schools, they won’t find anything there that can disrupt their mental pathways which are as flexible as a narrow gauge railway line.

    So we are stuck with the Irrationalism of both the Left and Islam. Too much brain damage has occurred for regeneration to take place, therefore they will have to learn THE HARD WAY, through bitter experience with an involuntary lobotomy courtesy of a bullet.

    I guess it means civil war is closer than we think.

  5. This was my favorite part:

    “His neighbor continues: “Even the French are tired of it. They already feel out of place in their own land because of the grubby Jews. And a person should still have the right to feel at home in his own place — it’s just normal.””

    Oh, there is a group of grubby people making the French feel out of place in their homeland, but it’s definitely not the one named above!

    • Yeah, that was my favorite bit too! The French masses are increasingly perturbed by the growing and hostile cohort of millions of aliens in their midst and that cohort is, surprise, surprise …. JEWS!

      “Sarko and his group getting their 5 tons of gold for chickenfeed” then scuttling off to Tel Aviv was a close second.

  6. “This is a plot against us, everyone knows muslims can’t be murderers (?) it’s all the fault of the Jews!’ How can we argue against such brain washing?

    “It’s all too much, too much!!” said the mole. (Wind in the willows)

  7. That’s quite funny: here is the English translation of the German translation of an article published in the French newspaper Le Figaro.

  8. Last week in a London cafe I fell into conversation with an Arab gentleman who was calm and pleasant in his demeanour and who expressed his horror as a Muslim at the Paris massacres. He was clearly a concerned and moderate Muslim fellow citizen.

    He looked and sounded decent, educated, a thinking man. I responded by listening with patience and attention as I have been trained to do and have practised over many years in this, my second career.

    He went on to explain that the people who had carried out this atrocity were not of course proper Muslims, and that anyway they were part of a regrettable reaction to the exclusion and control practised upon the Muslim community in France but also more generally by our hidden overlords.

    Yes, you guessed it, “the Jews”.

    In my younger, earlier career, I would have been sorely tempted to respond to his arguments with a 7.62mm round.

    If even the most calm and moderate sounding Muslims are carrying within them this foul and violent prejudice, I am no longer sure which of the two careers provides a better response.

    • Muslims are fed that notion in large, regular doses from infancy onward. And evidently it’s a handy way to explain away all the manifest failures and crimes of Muslims.

    • Belisarius-

      Your anecdote sounds like a normal description of taqiyaa combined with the “No True Scotsman” fallacy. No use getting too stressed out about it at this time. Just realize this is one of the brilliant and terrifying design features of their ideology.

      Rade is also correct that the programming and negative reinforcement begins from birth.

    • Your earlier career response would have been the better one. But the satisfaction would have been only transient. And killing people is …wrong. Your anecdote proves there are calm Muslims, but moderate ones? Increasingly doubtful.

  9. Oh, of course, it’s terrible to suggest that Muslims could ever be violent – but then they’ll say that the Jews are always responsible for the evils of the world. What would happen though, if this version was disputed during the conversation?

  10. When is the Koran going to be dissected in public media and shown for the rubbish that it really is.

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