Islamization: Opposition or Accommodation?

Laurent “Riss” Sourisseau has been a cartoonist and author for the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo since 1992. In the interview below he talks about his new book.

Riss, like the rest of the staff at Charlie Hebdo, is a denizen of the Left. Nevertheless, he chastises his fellow progressives for refusing to take on the totalitarian ideology that is Islam.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

00:00   You are very severe with the notion of Islamophobia. You say it’s Stalinist.
00:05   It’s a word thrown in people’s faces to silence them.
00:10   Because obviously, we don’t want to… it’s not very flattering to be called Islamophobic.
00:14   So it’s kind of a curse. It’s done to silence someone right at the beginning…
00:20   it’s not even a challenge to have critical thinking. You mustn’t let yourself be impressed by that.
00:27   That said, it is true that it’s not very obvious either. We see it today with the rise of
00:30   xenophobia in Europe, we even see it in France in regard to [Eric] Zemmour.
00:35   We must also be careful how we talk about this. Both republican and secular people need to
00:40   take care not to sink into xenophobia and stigmatization.
00:44   And you are also hard, Riss, in the book (One minute forty-nine seconds)
00:48   with those you call “the collaborators”, those who are more or less complicit with
00:52   Islamist fundamentalism, to be precise. That is, five years later, do you have the feeling
00:56   that we haven’t learned from what has happened? —I think that when we are confronted
01:00   with a new form of totalitarianism, there are two positions: we can oppose it, and then
01:05   there are the people who live with it. Those who can live with it, it doesn’t mean that they
01:09   adhere to it, but do it for intellectual comfort and later out of fear…
01:12   And those who are looking the other way too? —Yes, it’s a bit like [Michel] Houellebecq in
01:15   “Submission”: “Finally…” “Nevertheless…” “However…” In the end, it’s easier, it’s less painful
01:19   to accommodate than to oppose, because if you yourself oppose, it’s the beginning of trouble,
01:24   threats, and you’ll no longer have intellectual comfort, that is. So there you have it, that’s it.

One thought on “Islamization: Opposition or Accommodation?

  1. Probably another interview with regard to his promoting his book, “One minute forty nine seconds”.

    Above all, he is indignant, “to denounce the proselytism of archaic beliefs, of reactionary concepts, so as not to offend those who practice them and want to propagate them to feel less alone, locked up than they are in their thought. medieval and totalitarian “. ….

    “2015 made me understand what collaboration was, because I could see how intellectual comfort ?#*#*#?[connecting] with the instinct for survival pushes the brightest minds towards complacency and cowardice,” he adds.—riss-tells-the-charlie-hebdo-killings-.HJBSBsZuS.html

    Going through what he went through, certainly focuses the mind, and yet he stays true, with some interesting “takes”.
    A bit more about the Charlie Hebdo magazine, and the stresses, strains, costs of keeping going.

    “If we republished the cartoons today, we would be alone again, the attack did not make people more courageous, on the contrary.”

    …. While the magazine does still take risks on its content, former Charlie Hebdo journalist Zineb El Rhazoui said in 2017 that the magazine had lost its edge and “gone soft”.

    I can not blame them, as it was Mohammad that said, “I am victorious by terror”.
    And so the counter to terror is?

    Know your selves! so that one can hold true and return to your values.
    Know your enemy, so the counter strategies and tactics will be most effective.

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