The Three Silences of Islam in France

A number of Muslim leaders have spoken up within the last week condemning the violence of the Islamic State, an initiative that Jean-Marie Guénois looks at with caution.

In his recent op-ed he states that the initiative launched by Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Great Mosque of Paris and president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith, and Patrick Karam, president of Coordination for Eastern Christians in Danger (Chredo,) should be approached with “caution.” Together they launched the “Call of Paris” to condemn “with force and without any ambiguity” the abuses of the Islamic State against the Christian population in the East.

Guénois states that “the caution can come from the overflow of verbal condemnations of jihadists that feeds a sound box that is already full. Saudi Arabia, The Arab League haven’t they joined the chorus of complaints in the last few days? This global bubble of violent protests seems to be split, powerless, on the bloody sword blade that is more than ever brandished by these combatants.”

He adds that “Islam is a very sensitive issue for an anxious French public opinion. It is highly charged. Therefore, some don’t want to write a blank check to Islamophobia in our country, but others encourage it.”

Guénois suggests that the overwhelming amount of precautions and denunciations can lead to “indifference in the face of a genuine international scandal. Gross negligence when Christians undergo a mass ‘cleansing,’ as was reported Tuesday, because they do not think or believe in the right way according to the police of Islamist thought.

He states that it is important to closely follow the international conference scheduled for the end of the year “to see if it will be real or symbolic operation.”

Concerning a French plan: “Why are Muslim networks of mosques and different associations unable to detect and foresee the comings and goings of the 800 young jihadists of which the Minister of the Interior still possesses an accurate count? They come from real families, known in their neighborhood. First silence.”

He continues, “Concerning a international plan: Who finances and really controls this self-proclaimed caliphate and who does it benefit? Second silence.”

And finally: “Concerning a theological plan: all Muslims agree that these combatants ‘have nothing to do with Islam,’ but they claim it constantly. What is wrong? Third silence.”