Le Pen's statements

Jean Le Pen has been quoted as saying in an interview that the Charlie Hebdo attacks were the work of an intelligence agency.

In an interview with a virulently anti-Western Russian newspaper, Mr Le Pen, 86, gave credence to conspiracy theories circulating on the internet suggesting that the attack was the work of American or Israeli agents seeking to foment a civil war between Islam and the West."

I know that there are people 'on our side' who say this, and who usually say the same thing in every similar instance, such as the Boston Marathon bombings.

I can't say they are wrong, but neither am I eager to accept this all-purpose explanation for every such occasion. Why? Occam's razor,  mainly. The Islamic pattern over, oh say, the last millennium or so tells us that we need not look for obscure explanations for their violence, and it doesn't require an outside agency to stir up conflict between the parties. And if we want to look back further than the 8th century A.D., consider what the Book of Genesis tells us about the man the Arabs claim as their ancestor.

"And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him..." Genesis 16:12

Why look for secret and arcane explanations if the obvious solution is under our noses? Not everything is what it seems, but not everything is a big super-secret plot involving hidden perpetrators using the poor hapless Moslem to take the fall.

Regardless, it seems that though the Independent article tells us that Jean Le Pen's daughter, Marine, disapproves of her father's tendency to make controversial statements, but does she disagree with him? I have read that she is pro-Putin, and Putin has a similar tendency to blame everything on the West. Again, some on our side have begun to jump to similar conclusions. In fact they are pretty much where the left have always been, with the West being the perpetual villains and Russia being the good guys. An old history professor of mine used to draw a diagram on the blackboard to illustrate how as both left and right go to the farthest point on the spectrum, they end up meeting as the ends of the straight line fold back and meet in a circle.

Western governments are evidently led by corrupt people, and all the leaders and 'elites' are globalists who seem to believe that their ends justify any means. But it's too tempting, while believing this about Western 'leadership', to turn against one's own people, and to start to loathe one's fellow citizens. Certainly the left make themselves odious to everyone except their political bedfellows, but do our own countrymen in general deserve the disdain that is directed at them by many on the left and now on the right?

No, Putin is not correct to blame every wrong on 'the West'; the former Soviet Union may have had a change of leadership and a few changes in names and terminology, but they are not our friends, and Putin is not someone we should lionize as many on the right are doing. I am not sure what the Le Pens, father and daughter, are intending, but it seems they are perhaps trying to make conciliation with Islam, the old ''the enemy of my enemy" strategy. But as I've said so many times, though it's not popular these days, the enemy of my enemy is just as likely to be one more enemy -- and all the more dangerous because we refuse to consider that possibility.