As deceivers in world politics go, the offspring of Zionist capitalism takes some beating. As soon as Emmanuel Macron appeared on the scene as president of France, he dared to insult Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and defended the criminals who republished the infamous Charlie Hebdo cartoons as "freedom of expression". Ruin and God's curses have since fallen on his country.
Macron exposed his Zionist credentials by pushing through a law conflating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. This remains a dangerous step which flies in the face of established concepts in political science.
Anti-Semitism is anti-Jewish racism, and is thus criminalised in every Western country, and rightly so. It is a form of racial discrimination with a religious dimension punishable by French and other laws in the West.
Zionism is neither a religion nor an ethnic identifier. Indeed, Zionism is in itself a form of racism and racial discrimination, declared as such in a UN resolution in 1975, before the international organisation was forced to annul it in 1991 under Zionist pressure, a condition for Israeli participation in the Madrid Peace Conference. Political Zionism, upon which the state of Israel was founded, is an ideology that appeared in the nineteenth century. The founding father of Zionism is acknowledged to be Austrian Jew Theodor Herzl, an atheist, whose goal was to establish a national home for the Jews; Palestine became the location of choice.
Macron's racist law was passed despite a weak response in parliament and is unprecedented not only in France but also in the West generally. It makes a mockery of France's famed "liberty, equality, fraternity" because it basically cancels the freedom of speech that the French president cited to justify his abuse of Prophet Muhammad. By making anti-Zionism a crime punishable by law, Macron has placed Israel above any and all criticism. No wonder many Jews who are opposed to Zionism also oppose this law.
Ever since racist Macron declared war on Islam, closed mosques and religious schools passed unfair laws against Muslims and restricted their right to worship, France has faced crisis after crisis. Factories and companies have closed down because Muslim countries are boycotting French goods due to the racist French president.
The latest — but probably not the last — of these crises is the spat that France is having with the US, Australia and Britain, who have signed a deal for Australia to build nuclear submarines to counter "the Chinese threat". The government in Canberra announced a few days ago that it has cancelled a 2016 agreement with France to build submarines estimated to be worth about $90 billion. Australia has replaced France with the US and Britain in exchange for obtaining advanced technology, including nuclear capabilities, and military hardware.
As soon as this was announced, French officials launched a ferocious campaign against what they see as a hostile act. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian described Australia's decision to cancel the submarine deal with France as a "stab in the back." He also likened US President Joe Biden to former President Donald Trump: "This brutal, unilateral and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr Trump was doing, I am angry and bitter, this cannot happen between allies."
French Defence Minister Florence Parly described the Australian contract cancellation as "a very dangerous and bad thing for respecting previous commitments." In a joint statement with Le Drian, she added, "The American decision, which leads to the exclusion of a European ally and partner like France from a crucial partnership with Australia at a time when we are facing unprecedented challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, be it over our values of respect for a multilateralism based on the rule of law, signals a lack of consistency which France can only notice and regret."
According to Western reports, losing the agreement with Australia will cost France about $100 billion. That excludes other heavy economic losses for the French military-industrial complex, especially since military and defence exports represent an important source of income. France ranks third among the five largest arms exporters in the world. The value of its arms exports was estimated at $10.5 billion in 2018, falling to $9.7 billion in 2019. A report issued by the French Ministry of Defence in July revealed a massive 41 per cent decline in the volume of arms exports last year.
France is in a difficult position. Macron has isolated his country, not least by describing NATO as a "brain dead alliance". There were angry reactions to this at the time. The decision by Britain to leave the EU didn't help relations between Paris and London.
My comment about the Australia-US-UK effect on France not being the last crisis facing Macron was written before it was announced that he has cancelled his visit to Switzerland scheduled for November, because the Swiss have refused to buy French fighter jets, opting for US jets instead.
The vengeful little colonialist Macron wanted to unite the Western powers against Muslims under his banner, perhaps to restore the "glory" of the French colonial empire in Muslim lands. Now the arrogant Monsieur Quixote is waking up from his dream and finding himself fighting windmills and realising that it is the Western powers that have fought and isolated him. His country does indeed seem to be cursed, and it's all down to him.
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