Document:Mali speech to Belgian Parliament by Laurent Louis MP
Subjects: Mali, 9-11
Source: Abundant Hope blog (Link)
Local copy: File:Belgium-pm-laurent-louis-transcript.pdf
Translated from French by Geraldine Feuillien
Minor syntax improvements on the translation by Wikispooks
On 17 January 2012, 32 years old Belgian MP Laurent Louis, explained to the Belgian Parliament why he voted against providing Belgian support for the French military operation in Mali. He further expressed his anger and disgust at the criminal foreign policies of the Belgian elite and its submission to foreign financial interests groups. For the first time in the Belgian Parliament, he evoked 9/11 as a US inside job, saying what no MP before him has never dared to say!
His speech is a heart-warming 21st century version of 'The Emperor's New Clothes' which ought to both embarrass and shame the vast majority of western politicians with its simple, 'blindingly-obvious-to-anyone-but-a-simpleton' truths - but let's not hold our collective breath eh?
- Video of speech - in French.
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Laurent Louis' speech to the Belgian Parliament, 17 January 2012
Thank you, Mr President. Dear Ministers, dear Colleagues.
Belgium is indeed the land of surrealism.
This morning we learned from the media that the Belgian army is incapable of fighting some extremist soldiers having radical Islamist beliefs existing within its own ranks, but who cannot be dismissed for lack of legal means.
However, at the same time, we decide to help France in its "War against Terror" by providing logistical support for its operation in Mali. What wouldn’t we do in order to fight against terrorism outside our borders? I just hope we took care not to send for this anti-terrorist operation, in Mali, these much talked about Belgian Islamist soldiers!
I seem to be joking, but what is going on in the world today does not make me laugh at all. It doesn’t make me laugh, because without any doubt, the leaders of our Western countries are taking the people for imbeciles with the help and support of the Media which are nothing more today than organs of propaganda of the ruling powers.
Around the world, military actions and regimes destabilization are becoming more and more frequent. Preventive war has become the rule. And today, in the name of democracy and the fight against terrorism, our states grant themselves the right to violate the sovereignty of independent countries and to overthrow legitimate leaders.
There has been Iraq and Afghanistan, the wars of the American lie. Later, came Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, where thanks to your decisions, our country has been “first in line” to participate in crimes against humanity, in each case overthrowing progressive and moderate regimes and to replace them with Islamist regimes, and – isn’t it weird ? – Their first act was to impose Sharia law.
This is exactly what is currently happening in Syria where Belgium is shamefully funding the arming of the Islamist rebels who are trying to overthrow Bashar Al Assad. Thus, in the midst of economic crisis, as more and more Belgians can no longer house themselves, feed, heat and cure themselves – Yeah, I can hear what a filthy populist I am – well, the Minister of Foreign Affairs decided to offer the Syrian rebels nine million Euros!
Of course, they’ll try to make us believe that this money will be used for humanitarian purposes ... one more lie! And as you can see, for months, our country is only participating to put in place, Islamic regimes in North Africa and the Middle East. So, when they come and pretend to go to war in order to fight against terrorism in Mali, well... I feel like laughing. IT’s FALSE!
Under the appearance of good actions, we intervene only to defend financial interests, in a complete neo-colonialist agenda. It makes no sense to go to help France in Mali in the name of the fight against Islamic terrorism when - at the same time – we support the overthrow of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad by Islamist rebels who want to impose Sharia Law, as was done in Tunisia and in Libya.
It is time to stop lying and treating people like imbeciles!
The time has come to tell the truth. Arming the Islamist Rebels, as Westerners have, in the past armed Bin Laden, (that friend of the Americans before they turned against him) well, the western countries are taking the opportunity to place military bases in their newly conquered countries while favoring domestic companies.
Everything is therefore strategic. In Iraq, our American allies have put their hands on the country’s oil wealth. In Afghanistan, it was its opium and drugs - always useful when it comes to making lots of money pretty quickly. In Libya, in Tunisia, in Egypt, or then again in Syria, the aim was – and still is today, to overthrow moderate powers and replace them with Islamist powers who very quickly will become troublesome and who we will then shamelessly attack pretending once again, to fight terrorism or protect Israel.
Thus, the next targets are already known. Within a few months, I bet that our eyes will turn to Algeria and eventually to Iran.
To go to war, to free people from an outside aggressor, is noble. But to go to war to defend the interests of the USA; To go to war to defend the interests of big companies such as AREVA; to go to war to put our hands on gold mines, is not at all noble and reveals our counties to be attackers and thugs!
No one dares to speak, but I will not shut up! And if my battle makes me look like an enemy of this system that flaunts Human Rights in the name of financial, geo-strategic and neo-colonialist interests, so be it!
Flaunting and exposing this regime is a duty and makes me proud. And honestly, I apology for my low class speech, but I say screw you all, the so-called do-gooders, both left and right-wingers or from the center, who are today licking the boots of our corrupted powers and who will be pleased to ridicule me.
I say screw you all, leaders who are playing with your bombs as kids do in a playground! I say screw you, you who pretend to be democrats while you are nothing more than low class criminals.
Neither do I have much respect neither for journalists who have the audacity to label opponents as mentally retarded while basically, they know very well that these opponents are right.
Finally, I despise, at the highest point, those who believe they are the kings of the world and who are dictating their laws, because I AM on the side of truth, the side of justice, the side of the innocent victims of looting at any cost. And it is for this reason that I have decided to clearly oppose this resolution that is sending our country to support France in its neo-colonialist operation.
Since the beginning of the French operation, the lie was established. We are told that France is only answering the call for help of a Malian president. We almost forget that this president has no legitimacy and that he was put in place to ensure the transition following the coup of March 2012. Who supported this coup d’état? Who started it? For whom is this president of transition actually working? This is the first lie!
The French president, François Hollande, dares to pretend to wage this war to fight against jihadists who threaten (ohhhh do you realize!) who threaten French and European territory! But what an ugly lie! By taking this official argument, while taking the opportunity to frighten the population and increasing the terror alert level, implementing the Vigipirate plan our leaders and media are demonstrating an unimaginable outrage!
How dare they use such a point while France and Belgium have not hesitated to arm and support Jihadists in Libya and that these same countries continue to support these jihadists in Syria.
This pretext is a coverup for strategic and economic purposes. Our countries are no longer in fear of appearing inconsistent because everything is done to hide it. But the inconsistency is apparent. It is not tomorrow that you’ll see a Malian citizen commit an act of terrorism in Europe. No! Not unless we suddenly create one so we can justify this military operation.
Haven’t we created September 11 after all, to justify the invasions, arbitrary arrest, torture and massacre of innocent populations? Thus, to create a Malian terrorist is no big deal!
It must not be very complicated for our bloodthirsty leaders.
Another pretext used these recent months to justify military operations, is the protection of human rights. Ah! This pretext is still used today to justify the war in Mali. But yes! We have to act, otherwise the evil Islamists will impose Sharia law in Mali, stoning women and cutting the thugs’ hands off.
Oh! The intention is truly noble. Noble and salutary for sure. But then why is it – Good Lord – why is it that our countries have contributed in Tunisia and Libya to the accession to power of Islamists who have decided to apply this Sharia Law in these countries which were, not so long ago, still regarded as modern and progressive? I invite you to ask the young Tunisians who have launched the revolution in Tunisia, if they are happy with their current situation? This is all hypocrisy.
The purpose of this war in Mali is very clear. And since no one talks about it, I WILL. The purpose is to fight against China and allow our American ally to maintain its presence in Africa and the Middle East. This is what guides these neo-colonialists operations.
And you will see, when the military operation is over, France will, of course, keep its military bases in Mali. These bases will be a benefit to the Americans as well. And at the same time, as has always been the case, western corporations will put their hands on juicy contracts that will once again deprive re-colonized countries of their wealth and raw materials.
So let’s be clear, the primary beneficiaries of this military operation, will be the owners and shareholders of the French giant AREVA who has been trying for years to obtain a uranium mine in Falea, a town of 17,000 inhabitants located about 350 km from Bamako.
And I don’t know why, but my little finger is telling me that it won’t take long before AREVA will eventually exploit that mine!
I don’t know, it’s an impression I have. It is therefore out of the question that I would take part to this mining colonialism, this modern times colonialism. And for those who doubt about my arguments, I sincerely invite them to learn about the wealth of Mali.
Mali is a major producer of gold, but recently it has been designated as a country that offers a world-class environment for the exploitation of uranium. How strange!
One step closer to a war against Iran, it is obvious.
For all these reasons and in order to not fall into the traps of lies they are tending us, I’ve decided not to give my support to that intervention in Mali.
Therefore, I will vote against it. And by doing so, I’m being consistent since, I never supported in the past our criminal interventions in Libya or in Syria, and so being the only MP in this country to defend the non-interference and the fight against obscure interests. I really think it is about time to put an end to our participation to the UN and NATO and get out of the EU if Europe, instead of providing peace, providing peace becomes a weapon of attack and destabilization of sovereign countries submissive to financial rather than human interests
Finally, I can only urge our government to remind the President Hollande the obligations resulting from the Geneva Conventions regarding the respect of prisoners of war.
Indeed, I was shocked to hear on television from the mouth of the French President that his intention was to “destroy” – I say “destroy” – Islamist terrorists.
So, I do not want the qualification to be used to name the opponents to the Malian regime – it is always convenient today to talk about Islamic terrorists- to be used to circumvent the obligations of any democratic state in terms of respecting the rights of prisoners of war.
We expect such a respect from the Fatherland of Human Rights. In conclusion, Let me emphasize how lightly we decide to go to war.
First, the government acts without any consent from the Parliament. It appears that it has the right to. It sends equipment, men to Mali. The Parliament subsequently reacts and when it responds, as today, well, this institution happens to be composed of only 1/3 of its members. Much less if we speak of the French speaking MP’s.
It is therefore a guilty lightness which does not really surprises me, coming from a Parliament of puppies, submitted to the dictates of political parties. Thank you.