Political scientist describes paradox of French society resulting in terrorist attacks

02.11.2020, Moscow.

Two processes have been taking place in France over the past 25-30 years, which result in the social tension and tragedies today. Russian senator and political scientist Aleksey Pushkov described these processes on November 1 on his Telegram channel.

Pushkov commented on the decision of the President of France Emmanuel Macron to strengthen the security measures in the country after the recent terrorist attacks.

According to the Russian senator, Macron’s policy is justified, but it cannot solve the problem because of its systemic nature. “Two concomitant processes have been taking place over the past 25-30 years in France: the transformation of liberalism from an ideology into a political religion with a set of rigid undisputable dogmas (‘values’), and a rapid growth of the Muslim population,” explained Pushkov, pointing out that these processes resulted in a paradox.

On the one hand, one of the declared “values” in France was “right to asylum.” This opened the way to the country for numerous migrants and refugees, but actual and fake. On the other hand, the Charlie Hebdo magazine behaved as “a radical promoter of the dogmas of the liberal religion that absolutizes freedom of speech and right to blasphemy.”

As a result, Muslims that spread across France perceived the magazine’s caricatures as a direct attack against their belief and sacred objects, and radical Islamists began to respond with organized and individual terrorist attacks.

Pushkov stressed that he cannot see any solution to the current conflict.

“This is not a confrontation between ‘civilization and barbarity,’ which is nothing but a misleading propagandist formula. The point is that this conflict is in the ideological core of the civilization that has formed over the recent years in Western Europe: actually, it welcomes and accommodates in Europe ideological and religious enemies of the European civilization with its ultra-liberal and anti-religious values,” the political scientist concluded.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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