The former Prime Minister of Malaysia reacted to a series of Islamic terror attacks in France by tweeting, “Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.”
Three people were killed and several injured near a church in the Notre-Dame area of Nice this morning, including one 70-year-old woman who was decapitated. The culprit was a jihadist who yelled “Allahu Akbar” throughout the attack.
Meanwhile, in Avignon, a man wielding a knife while also shouting “Allahu Akbar” was shot dead after trying to attack police officers who were patrolling the street.
In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a French guard at the French consulate was also wounded by an attacker.
The attacks followed the beheading of school teacher Samuel Paty in Paris earlier this month by a Chechen jihadist who sought revenge for Paty showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to pupils in his class.
Mahathir bin Mohamad, who served twice as the Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003, and again from 2018 to 2020, reacted to the attacks by suggesting that they were completely justified because of France’s colonial past.
“Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past,” tweeted Mohamad.
2. The killing is not an act that as a Muslim I would approve. But while I believe in the freedom of expression, I do not think it includes insulting other people. You cannot go up to a man and curse him simply because you believe in freedom of speech.
— Dr Mahathir Mohamad (@chedetofficial) October 29, 2020
The former PM also tweeted, that killing “is not an act that as a Muslim I would approve,” but by suggesting the brutal attacks on innocents in Nice and Paris were somehow understandable, Mohamad is totally excusing them.
“While I believe in the freedom of expression, I do not think it includes insulting other people. You cannot go up to a man and curse him simply because you believe in freedom of speech,” said Mohamad.
This is an interesting remark because it basically mirrors what the Pope said after jihadists slaughtered Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in 2015.
Instead of completely condemning the attack, Pope Francis semi-justified the atrocity by commenting, “If my good friend Dr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch.”
He added: “It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”
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