The Marseillaise — An Old Anthem in a New Light

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By now, you will have heard about the riots in France. As I write these lines, violent and chaotic conditions still prevail in almost all major French cities. According to my AI friend, approximately 1,300 protesters and 270 policemen have been injured or killed thus far plus an unknown number of civilian bystanders. Many cars burned.

These riots were sparked by the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old Algerian immigrant named Nahel Merzouk in Nanterre. Allegedly, Nahel was performing weird antics with a yellow car in front of a school building. Allegedly, the officer feared Nahel might hurt somebody and tried to stop him. When Nahel would not stop, the officer shot him.

The Public prosecutor of Nanterre said that he believes that the officer acted illegally when he used his weapon in this situation. The police officer who shot Nahel currently faces a formal investigation for voluntary homicide and has been placed in preliminary detention.

While President Macron did not send in the military, 45,000 police officers were deployed including French special forces and military police to quell the riots that were mostly performed by Muslims. Allegedly, there is a video that documents what happened when Nahel was shot, but it is apparently unavailable to the public. In other words: nobody in the media or the general public knows for sure what really happened and whether or not the actions of Nahel were dangerous and whether or not the actions of the policeman were justified.

Nonetheless, the case was quickly generalized into a symptom of police brutality driven by racism and hatred just like it happened with the George Floyd and the Rodney King cases in the USA.

In my view, a civilized society needs laws and laws make sense only when they are enforced. Ergo: a civilized society needs law enforcement. Law enforcement officers are not born perfect. They are educated and trained, and some become excellent cops, some mediocre ones, and some sub-standard ones. There are bad police officers just like there are bad architects, bad physicians, bad teachers, or bad truck drivers. There is no profession whose members are 100% excellent. That some architects or physicians fail, does not make architects or physicians as group superfluous or overall bad. The reactions of the media and the rioters to the Nahel killing was just as disproportionate as the reactions to the Floyd and King deaths.

But if these exaggerated violent reactions are madness, there is also method to them. On New Year’s Eve 2015-16, about 1,000 men described as being of “Arab or North African origin” gathered in front of Cologne’s main train station and gothic cathedral during the night. According to police reports, 121 women filed criminal complaints for robbery and sexual assault, including two complaints of rape. German police did not intervene. The media did not report, at least initially. In many German cities women can now no longer go out alone. The inner cities and Muslim-dominated suburbs like Kreuzberg in Berlin are no longer safe. Cases of rape and violent assault by Muslims of Germans have skyrocketed. And there any many no-go zones with no police presence.

When I left Germany in 1983 there were about 10 – 15 mosques in the entire country. Today, according to official government records, there are 2,750 mosques in Germany. In Catholic France, there are currently about 2,300 mosques with another 250 under construction. Mosque construction is heavily subsidized with tax money both in Germany and in France.

“Mother Merkel’s” immigration policies in combination with the so-called Schengen Agreement, which grants immigrants of one EU member state free access to any other EU member state, have flooded Germany and its neighbors with Muslims from North Africa in complete disregard of the blatant incompatibility of Islamic religion, law, and culture and Judeo-Christian religion, law, and culture.

This was no accident. Mother Merkel knew exactly what she was doing. Just like the EU was intended to pave the road to the abolition of the nation state, so Merkel’s policies and those of like-minded European politicians were intended to destroy the ethnic and national identities and the cultural integrity of the European nations.

Overreactions of the media and public to bad police work that hurts Muslims in Europe or minorities in the USA are part of the “destroy the nation state” game: Use any incident of bad police work to discredit all police as racist instruments of oppression of minorities, respond with civil unrest and riots, burn down the inner cities and threaten the security of civilians in all metropolitan areas. Demand that the police be defunded and abolished in order to create a state of general lawlessness and chaos. This game is played by Islamic and atheist collectivist strategists alike.

During the French revolution, the citizens stood up against tyranny and enslavement by the state and nobility. Today, the power elites are trying to force their vision of the world upon us. We are supposed to be citizens of the world and to be governed by a world government.

You can easily see, which way this is going. If the world government is established by democratic vote, the Chinese will come out on top both through their sheer numbers and probably through massive voter fraud using electronic equipment. If the world government it not democratic, it will most likely also be a dictatorship of the Chinese Communist Party.

Before the French Revolution, Kings, Lords, and rich nobility oppressed the people. Today the oppressors are the super-rich, the big tech companies, and the collectivist intellectuals who are determined to prevent the climate from changing, even if it means that half of mankind must be eliminated, that our technical civilization must be destroyed, and that our liberties must be cancelled. Klaus Schwab in Davos: “You will own nothing, eat bugs, and be happy.” (Does the man truly think we are all idiots?)

Lately, one hears the French national anthem a lot in France. The song is an invitation to revolt against tyranny and to shed “impure blood”, by which they meant the blood of those who oppress the citizens and rob them of their liberty. The song is staunchly nationalistic and patriotic. It also calls for violent action against the impure ones who try to oppress and enslave the French. Remember: French comes from “Français” which comes from “Frank” meaning “the free one”. So, in their own understanding, France is the original “land of the free”. Let’s listen to the first verse of the bloody Marseillaise:

Verse 1:
Allons enfants de la patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé !
Contre nous de la tyrannie
L’étendard sanglant est levé ! (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes,
Mugir ces féroces soldats ?
Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras
Égorger nos fils, nos compagnes!
Verse 1:
Let’s go children of the fatherland,
The day of glory has arrived!
Against us tyranny’s
Bloody flag is raised! (repeat)
In the countryside, do you hear
The roaring of these fierce soldiers?
They come right to our arms
To slit the throats of our sons, our friends!
Aux armes, citoyens !
Formez vos bataillons !
Marchons ! Marchons !
Qu’un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons !
Grab your weapons, citizens!
Form your battalions!
Let us march! Let us march!
May impure blood
Water our fields!

English translation by Laura K. Lawless

The Marseillaise was composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792. On April 24, 1792, Rouget de Lisle was a captain of engineers stationed in Strasbourg near the Rhine River. The mayor of the town called for an anthem just days after the French declared war on Austria. The amateur musician penned the song in a single night, giving it the title of “Chant de guerre de l’armée du Rhin” (“Battle Song of the Army of the Rhine”).

Rouget de Lisle’s new song was an instant hit with the French troops as they marched. It soon took on the name La Marseillaise because it was particularly popular with volunteer units from Marseille. On July 14, 1795, the French declared La Marseillaise their national song.

As you can see, the Marseillaise has a very revolutionary tone. Rouget de Lisle himself supported the monarchy, but the spirit of the song was quickly picked up by revolutionaries. Controversy over the lyrics did not stop in the 18th century but has lasted over the years, and the lyrics remain the subject of debate even today. Understandably, monarchs did not like it. Napoleon banned La Marseillaise under the Empire (1804-1815). It was also banned in 1815 by King Louis XVIII. Reinstated in 1830. Banned again during the rule of Napoleon III (1852-1870). Once again reinstated in 1879. In 1887, an “official version” was adopted by France’s Ministry of War. And finally, La Marseillaise was declared the official national anthem of France in Article 2 of the 1946 and 1958 French Constitutions.

It seems to me that the old French National Anthem has regained some fresh meaning in our day and time. Christian religion and our technical secular civil society and culture are under attack from an aggressive Islam that aims to achieve world dominance and from an equally aggressive group of atheist collectivist ideologues who also aim to achieve world dominance and whose ideology constitutes a secular religion without God.

It seems to me that the spirit of the Marseillaise could blow some fresh wind into the flapping sails of Christianity and of secular constitutionalism in the USA. Is not tyranny’s bloody flag raised against us”? If we act as the song suggests and as the French may soon do again, we, too, should form our battalions and start marching.

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