Paris pays the price of French politics

by our Arab Affairs correspondent

WHILE there’s been blanket coverage of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in the imperialist media little is said about the perpetrators or the hidden hands behind them beyond the stock “Islamic fanatics” narrative of the bourgeois pundits.

But Syria says that recent terror attack in Paris was carried out by terrorists who previously enjoyed the backing of western and French officials — a view also endorsed in the Kremlin.

Seventeen people were killed in the French capital and its neighbourhoods in the terrorist attacks last week. Among them were ten journalists from the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, three policemen and four visitors at a kosher grocery store. All the gunmen were killed in shoot-outs with the police.

Speaking to Press TV, Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja’afari said the western support for terrorism in Syria has backfired on France.

“France, today, is paying the price of its unprofessional politics with regard to the Syrian crisis,” the envoy said.

Ja’afari said: “We have repeatedly said and warned the French government about working with the terrorists, about manipulating the terrorists. And we told them ‘one day it will return to you’.”

He cited former French Interior Minister and current Prime Minister Manuel Valls as saying in 2013: “I cannot as a minister of interior prevent the French jihadists from going to Syria to fulfil their jihad.”

The French Minister of Foreign Affairs Fabius said something worse in 2012. He said that the Islamist jihadists “are doing well in Syria”.

Ja’afari said: “Now they call them terrorists because today they are killing French people. But when they used to kill Syrian people, they were considered jihadist.”

Over 1,000 French Muslims are believed to have joined the Nato-backed rebels fighting to overthrow the Syrian popular front government. They went with the overt support of the French government and the rest of the Nato pack. And the Russians believe they included the gunmen who attacked the French satirical magazine that regularly published anti-Islamic cartoons

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday that the Charlie Hebdo attack was carried out by militants who had fought in Syria for the West-backed aim of ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power.

“Cooperation (between Russia and the West on counter-terrorism) has been suspended. Meanwhile terrorists do not suspend cooperation with each other. Terrorist activity knows no bounds,” Lavrov said. “The two brothers who attacked the editorial office of the Paris magazine had mastered “the art of terror” in Syria, fighting with those who had been trying to oust Bashar al-Assad — an aim supported by our western counterparts,” he added.