France President Emmanuel Macron issued a somewhat shocking statement about the realities of terrorism in Africa, saying “Islamic terrorism” was crumbling the continent — not the lack of funding.
Macron, as Jihad Watch noted, is the same guy who commented after the Paris shooting that terrorism was “an imponderable problem” that would be “part of our daily lives for years to come.”
Perhaps he’s had an epiphany.
From Jihad Watch:
Recently, during the G-20 photo session, Macron was pictured here creating a comical scene to stand beside President Trump; and now, he has stunned his leftist comrades with a politically incorrect statement about a “civilizational” problem in Africa. He even stated:
“As of today, spending billions of dollars outright would stabilise nothing,” he concluded, having also cited arms-smuggling, drug- and human-trafficking, and Islamic terrorism as issues beyond simple poverty which might be hobbling Africa.
Why stop now? Macron might as well come out and admit the catastrophic “civilizational” problem that is destroying Europe: the war being waged by jihadists (violent and stealth) against infidel France and other democracies. It’s a bigger global problem than picking on how many children Africans are having.
Breitbart noted the shocking admission as well.
From that news outlet:
French president Emmanuel Macron has stunned his left-liberal admirers by saying that Africa does not need more aid, as its problems are “civilisational” rather than financial.
Macron, who has won plaudits from establishment broadcasters and media outlets by positioning himself as a counter-weight to President Donald Trump’s conservative, populist-leaning administration in the U.S., triggered a furious response when he made the comments at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Asked by an Ivory Coast journalist how many G20 members would be willing to commit to an African Marshall Plan – referring to the post-war reconstruction funding programme for Europe – the Frenchman surprised listeners by saying he did not think this would be a viable solution to Africa’s problems.
“The Marshall Plan was a reconstruction plan, a material plan [for a stable region],” he said.
“The problems Africa faces are completely different … and are civilisational,” he went on.
“What are the problems? Failed states, complex democratic transitions, and extremely difficult demographic transitions.”
Macron was uncharacteristically direct in clarifying what these “demographic transitions” might be later on in his remarks, chiding countries which “have seven or eight children per woman”.
The left was quick to denounce.
Macron’s remarks were quickly branded “racist,” and the like, by those who speak only of colonialism as the problem.