Murder of Matisse: otters versus barbarians

Murder of Matisse: otters versus barbarians
Murder of Matisse: otters versus barbarians

Anger, not hatred

By being made to feel guilty and fed into repentance, have the French ended up realizing that, somewhere, they “deserved this”? That they deserved to be afraid in the streets, to be insulted, humiliated, attacked, and even killed by fantasmatic eternal “victims” taking bloody revenge on their abominable past? We can unfortunately think so when seeing the French, even victims or close to them, seem more terrified by the idea of ​​being accused of “playing into the hands of the extreme right” or of “practicing amalgamation” than by the blades of the cutthroats.

However, once again, it is not a question of demanding the application of the law of Talion, but simply of break with the grotesque ceremonial slaughter cattle whining over each new corpse, to clearly name the culprits and their accomplices, to firmly denounce the causes and to demand – to impose – that strong and effective decisions be taken faced with acts which are in no way the result of an unpredictable and overwhelming fate, but the product of a long series of denials, cowardice and resignations. Thus, it is not photos of otters that the merchants of Châteauroux should have plastered on their storefronts, but messages calling for exemplary justice, rigorous application of the law, an end to judicial and migratory laxity. They would undoubtedly have been less applauded by the press, perhaps even, in this system where everything is reversed, they would have been pursued, even imprisoned, like these patriotic activists arrested by a suddenly diligent and implacable police force for having put up posters demanding “Justice for Thomas”, another victim in a long litany. But at least this gesture would have had meaning, substance and certainly resonance, breaking the terrible and unbearable circle: murder, emotion, white march, new murder.

Xavier Eman

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