The Paris attacks aimed at destroying Culture and our way of life.

1- There are some people who STILL don’t understand HOW different in nature these terrorist attacks in Paris were to all others
preceding them.

9/11 aimed at American symbology, power, money and so on. They managed to bring down the two tallest structures
in the world’s financial capital as well as hurting the Pentagon in the nation’s capital.

But the attack on the Bataclan was an entirely different episode. It aimed at destroying rock’n’roll, as a manner of speaking. Strangely enough, with a few degrees of separation  because the band playing there, the Eagles of Death Metal has as its founder members, Josh Homme and Jesse Hughes. Now, Josh was also one the founder member of THEM CROOKED VULTURES, along with John Paul Jones (Ex Led Zeppelin and with whom I was collaborating on an opera project) and Foo Fighter (and ex Nirvana) David Grohl.


So, that’s HOW CLOSE they got.

Thus, attacking the very nature of what my generation stood for and still stands for, i.e. the counterculture movement, the Civil Rights movement, Gay Rights, The Black Rights, Feminism and so on. They struck the nerve !!!! A very nervous nerve which has been claiming for CALM for decades. Yet, they UNLOADED THEIR WEAPONS AND THEIR HATRED against THE SYMBOL OF THE PEACE MOVEMENT and against everything that Woodstock and derivates stood for (the anti Vietnam movement and so on). Rock and roll is MORE than just a genre of music.


It’s a way of life. It’s a way of positioning yourself against WARS (“make love, not war”, remember?), it’s the epicenter of the flower power movement and it’s Hendrix in its purest form. And that is what they aimed for.


Not once, but twice because, in early January 2015, when the offices of the satirical Charlie Hebdo were massacred, the great 80 year old cartoonist and friend of mine Wolinski was amongst the dead.


Two different episodes. Same city. Both were cultural ambushes. One of the victims I knew I and shall never forget. As for Josh, he’s in deep shock back in L A, together with the rest of the band, trying to come to terms with this HORRENDOUS situation.

As for me? Yes, good question…. As for me? 

Gerald Thomas – November 29, 2015


Italy’s Matteo Renzi response:

Culture X Terror 

Matteo Renzi has come up with what may seem a uniquely Italian solution to the security threat gripping Europe: to fight terrorism with culture.

The 40-year old Italian prime minister on Tuesday laid out plans for €2bn in new spending in response to the November 13 attacks in Paris, amid growing concerns that Italy could be a terrorist target. While €1bn would be used for security and defense purposes, another €1bn would pay for cultural programmes.

This includes more money for disenfranchised neighborhoods on the outskirts of big cities, where there are often clashes between Italians and immigrants, but also a €500 bonus for every 18-year old to spend at theatres, concerts and museums. The idea, according to Mr Renzi, is to reinforce their sense of being guardians of Italy’s vast cultural heritage.

“What happened in Paris signaled a step-up in the cultural battle that we are living,” Mr Renzi said at a speech at the Capitoline Museum in Rome. “They imagine terror, we answer with culture. They destroy statues, we love art. They destroy books, we are the country of libraries.”

Mr Renzi’s plan — which has yet to be approved by parliament — could face resistance from Italian business, since it is funded by delaying until 2017 a planned corporate tax cut that many saw as essential to reinforcing the country’s sluggish economic recovery.

Italy’s premier said the business tax cut could still happen in 2016 if Brussels would allow Italy to bend eurozone budget rules by raising its deficit from 2.2 per cent to 2.4 per cent of gross domestic product. “We want to forcefully ask Europe to respect a pact of humanity which is worth more than the stability pact,” he added.

Mr Renzi also took a swipe at world leaders for rejecting his proposal at a Nato summit in September 2014 to exclude security spending from EU budget rules. “I won’t tell you the reactions I got, and now it seems obvious,” he said.

The prime minister’s plan comes amid growing fears among Italians that the approaching “Jubilee of Mercy” called by Pope Francis, due to begin December 8, will make the country a terrorist target. Millions of pilgrims from around the world are expected to flock to Rome for the occasion.

Italian police on Tuesday raided a prominent migrant center in the Tiburtina neighborhood in northeastern Rome, detaining at least 23 undocumented African migrants who were housed at the facility. Meanwhile, a solemn state funeral was held in Venice’s St Mark’s Square for Valeria Solesin, a 28-year old Italian who was killed at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on the night of the attacks.

Mr Renzi is due to meet François Hollande, French president, in Paris on Thursday, and Joe Biden, US vice-president, on Friday, to discuss the response to the terror attacks. “An international coalition requires respect for international law and a strategic vision for the future of the affected territories,” he said.

A poll released by Piepoli this week showed that 60 per cent of Italians are against joining France and Russia in pursuing military action against Isis in Syria.





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