Our Societies are Very Sick

By Walid Joumblatt

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I will not venture into explanations to try to understand the Nice massacre

Even classical condemnation serve nothing

Every time we see that horror drags more horror in a cycle of unimaginable violence

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But I know one thing that evil is inherent in human nature since Cain and Abel

I also know that in almost all religions there are seeds of violence

I know that whole societies are ill or might become ill

The Germans and Nazism, Westerners and colonialism among other things

Americans and the culture of violence and racism

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But to return to Nice, and if this cycle continues in France and Europe, it may undermine the secular foundations of the Republic

It might risk creating a wave of xenophobic right and racism in France and Europe

It might risk waking up the nationalist and religious demons

It might risk justifying a crusade with unpredictable violent consequences

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I dare to say that calls for hatred among Muslims are stronger than calls for prayers, the examples of Iraq and Syria are more than sufficient

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I dare to say that calls for hatred against the other are beyond any comprehension

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I dare to say that are our societies are sick, are very sick.

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