Some thoughts after yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Paris

Already before yesterday’s multiple terrorist attacks in Paris, I didn’t have much sympathy for Islamists in general or Islamic terrorists in particular. What is obviously relevant to this blog – the Islamist intolerant views on alcoholic beverages – is of course hardly worthy of notice compared to these Jihadist barbarian’s love of mass murder of civilians and other acts of terrorism.

The targets this time around seems to have been regular French citizens out for a pleasant Friday evening, at a restaurant, concert, or football match, rather than any directly political or military targets, or any of the “enemy groups” of the Jihadists. This makes this attack different from the attack on Charlie Hebdo in January (and that on a Jewish store the day after). As it happens, there was a wine angle on the Charlie Hebdo attack, since several of the murdered satirists had drawn “Rabelaisian” wine labels with indecent and very entertaining drawings, as reported by Wine Spectator.

Since France is the country in the wine world that interests me the most, I’m a regular visitor to various French wine regions. This year, though, I have only made one visit, which is less than in any of the previous eight years. That visit was to Bordeaux in the end of May, and on my way back I spent one day in Paris and visited some museums. This is a bit out of habit, since most of my visits to Paris only involve one of the airports. Anyway, this time I visited the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (Wikipedia article, website) located in the Palais de Tokyo in the 16th arrondisment. They had a very interesting exhibition about Henry Darger (1892-1973), a loner and highly odd American writer and artist, the production of which was discovered only after his death. He left a 15,145 page manuscript titled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, accompanied by several hundreds of large illustrations in watercolours and collage techniques. This is a fantasy story that seems to borrow a lot of inspiration from the American Civil War and World War I. A selection of these illustrations were on display in the museum, together with a film about the life and work of Henry Darger. Some of the illustrations were idyllic summer scenes of a typical “children’s book character” with the seven Vivian sisters, but others were deeply disturbing, including mass scenes of hanged and crucified children murdered by the Glandelinians, which were the evil side in the Darger story. An example can be found below. I can’t help connecting those scenes with what happened yesterday in Paris, and the Islamist terrorists with the Glandelinians. And France is far from the only country considered an enemy by the evil and murderous Glandelinians.

Henry Darger illustration

In my opinion, one of the best ways to show sympathy with France and simultaneously showing Jihadists the finger, is to drink a good French wine, preferably together with good food. The bon vivant attitude is an important part of the French identity, and they are quite proud of their wines, perhaps more than any other country in the world of wine. And as we know, the Glandelinians don’t approve of wine.

Swedish version of this post.

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