Create Your Own Conspiracy: Paris Shooter Edition
As you may have heard, the shooter who attacked a tv news station, a bank and the offices of the newspaper Libération has been arrested and identified as Abdelhakim Dekhar. Given that this took place in France, the assumption prior to his arrest was that the shooter was either a radical leftist, a radical rightist or an Islamic militant. If this happened in the United States the presumption would be that the shooter was a paranoid schizophrenic (“crazed lone gunman”) acting out against forces that are primarily a product of his own delusions. As I’ve mentioned before, schizophrenics often blame the same groups and institutions for their perceived persecution and media companies are often high on their list.
The case of Dekhar, however, seems to be a rare example of a far left lone wolf terrorist (the lone wolf tactic is largely used by right wing militants). I’ve also noticed several oddities in this case and another shooting which Dekhar was connected to which I will present here. While this information may be hinting at a conspiracy or simply a case of things not appearing as they seem, I must confess that I have no idea what the purpose of such a conspiracy would be. Readers are encourage to come up with their own theories and send them to me.
Prior to his shooting spree, Dekhar was convicted of providing a gun to a French couple who went on a shooting spree in Paris in 1994 following a bungled attempt to steal weapons from the police. According to the BBC:
At his trial in 1998, Dekhar protested his innocence, claiming he had been recruited by the Algerian secret service to infiltrate the French far-left.
When the police searched the squat of the couple responsible for the shootings they found radical literature including The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord. It should be pointed out that Debord’s later works were concerned with parapolitics, especially in regards to Italy where, during the so called “years of lead”, the intelligence services did infiltrate both the far left and far right in order to commit terrorist acts which would then be blamed on radicals and used as a justification for stronger state intervention into society. It is known that Dekhar had previously served in the Algerian military.
Like Florence Rey and Audry Maupin (the couple responsible for the action in 1994), Dekhar left letters detailing his politics and alluding to his reasons for the attacks. Also from the BBC:
[The] letter spoke of a “fascist plot” and accused the media of participating in the “manipulation of the masses”.
The BBC article also hints at the fact that Dekhar was not of completely sound mind and that he attempted suicide by an overdose of medication. By telling us that Dekhar was on medication it is presumed that he may have been suffering from a mental disorder.
Of course it has long been the trend for the media to speculate on the psychological profile of a lone gunman rather than his or her politics because it is more likely to delegitimize their actions to viewers or readers. It should also be stated that the psychological and the political are not mutually exclusive. The Socialist Patients’ Collective was about combining the two and responding with direct action. Whatever the case, I find this news story odd to say the least. I would love to read Dekhar’s letters as well as the writings of Florence Rey and Audry Maupin though I imagine they will never be made public. The news media very rarely publishes the writings of terrorists and spree killers in full, merely cherry picking what fits their narrative.
Bonus Conspiracy Red Meat:
Guy Debord’s friend and publisher Gérard Lebovici was assassinated in a Paris parking garage in 1984 and the killer or killers were never found. The culprits were speculated to be the police, the mafia or video pornographers.