“You Will Not Have My Hatred”

Six months ago, the Wahhabist attacks in Paris killed and wounded 500. The number of victims to get financial compensation from the state is now 2,500. A young mother, one of many, including many that some would define as “Muslims”, was killed at the Bataclan, a well-known theater, where a Californian band was performing. She was perforated by bullets. Her husband of 12 years, Antoine Leiris, was watching at home their 17 months old son. The world has been talking about Antoine Leiris’ mood and system of thought.

Hours after the tragedy, Antoine Leiris posted the following touching and admirable thoughts and feelings on Facebook, which became “viral”:

“Friday night you stole the life of a being of exception, the love of my life, the mother of my son. But you will not have my hatred. I don’t know who you are and I don’t want to know it, you’re dead souls. If this God for whom you kill blindly, made us in his image, then every bullet in the body of my wife will have been a wound in his heart.

So no. I won’t make you the gift of hating you. You looked for it well, yet to respond to your hatred by anger would be giving in to the same ignorance that has made you what you are. You want me to be afraid, you want me to look at my fellow citizens with suspicion, that I sacrifice my freedom for security. You lost. The same player is still playing.

Helene Muyal Leiris with Her Son Shortly Before She Was Assassinated By Islamists In Paris

Helene Muyal Leiris with Her Son Shortly Before She Was Assassinated By Islamists In Paris

I saw her this morning. At last, after nights and days of waiting. She was as beautiful as when she left that Friday night, as beautiful as when I fell head over heels in love with her more than 12 years ago. Of course I’m devastated by grief. I’ll grant this small victory, but it will not last long. I know she will be with us every day and that we will meet again in this paradise of free souls that you’ll never have access to.

We are two, my son and me, but we are stronger than all the armies of the world. I do not have anymore time to devote to you, I have to be with Melvil who is waking up from his nap. He is barely seventeen months old. He is going to eat his afternoon snack, as he does everyday. Then we will play as we do everyday, and during his entire life, this little boy will make you the affront to be happy and free. Because no, you will not have his hatred either.”

Antoine Leiris


For the original French version, see Facebook “Vous N’Aurez Pas Ma Haine”.

Mr. Leiris has now a vocal version of his message, and has been spreading his philosophy.


So what do I think of this?

Sometimes, silence is the best discourse. Respect, sometimes, is best. But I can only take that much:

Naivety Springs, Eternal. But Eternity Did Not Spring From Naivety Alone.

Naivety Springs, Eternal. But Eternity Did Not Spring From Naivety Alone.

Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that. Mr. Leiris is apparently confusing Christianism and Islamism. Same god, but there are subtle differences. In Christianism, we have been created in the image of god, indeed. Whereas in the direct Qur’an, we are his slaves. And in the Qur’an, it is ordered to “set every ambush” for the Non-Believers. Such is the “Verse of the Sword”, Sura 5, verse 9, an ABROGATING verse (meaning it makes all verses which contradict it, invalid). Sura 5, verse 9 follows Luke 19; 27 in the New Testament, showing that Christian viciousness inspired many, and far away, for centuries to come (a Christian monk arguably set the basis of Islam in the mind of his close relative, the “Prophet”, PBUH).

When god is nuts, naivety is no long term strategy.


So what do I think of this avalanche of haughty goodness? Well, it’s a long story. I can see perfectly why Mr. Leiris decided to feel, and think, the way he did. I approve of it. It is a defense mechanism which I have, myself, used many times. Hatred is too serious a subject to be embraced frivolously.

Thus, surprisingly for some, no doubt, ignoring hatred is  not a fundamental contradiction from what I deeply advocate. As it turns out, a fundamental debate of the same sort happened during the establishment of the state of Israel.

Same as Israel, or Julius Caesar, a creature born of many subtleties will have many Modi Operandi. Everybody has many Modi Operandi. Real, habitual, virtual, potential… Like everybody else, it turns, out, but even more than everybody else, a would-be philosopher will cultivate perversely an exuberant garden of Modi Operandi (Modes of Operation in Latin; Airbus, a company which makes large flying computers uses a more arrogant concept than M.O., the word “law”. Boeing is affected my the same syndrome. Changing “laws” inappropriately will make a plane crash).

Antoine Leiris’ text is beautiful, it conveys the awesome will of putting love, freedom, play, the positive appreciation of the world,  above anything else. Putting only the positively awesome above everything else, is awesome. I will make sure to inform god of this astonishing revelation, reheated a trillion times again. I could, some will say I should, leave it at that, before I become positively obnoxious anymore. And I will restrain myself, in an exceptional moment of respectful self-control.

Just one point: Antoine observed (in an interview on ONPC) that in other people, or in other circumstances, completely different reactions would be much more appropriate. And of this we will talk later, pretty much as we did before. Here is a foretaste:

Grass is made to be trampled on, we are not. That’s how we play, and appreciate. That’s why we can play, appreciate, love, and be awesome. Survival is also a humanism.

Patrice Ayme’


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14 Responses to ““You Will Not Have My Hatred””

  1. indravaruna Says:

    The attack was authorized by the DGSE, the former French foreign Minister Roland Dumas said israeli controls the French intelligence.

    I think you have Stockholm síndrome Patrice, why you love jews that only have contempt for France? The whole French Bash was a Anglo-Jewish creation, why you rejected your Gaulic druidism?

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Half mad comments without sources are in danger of being blocked. To say the DGSE authorized the Paris attacks is insane. Dumas? Roland Dumas was condemned for corruption, and thrown out of his leadership of a French Supreme court, something that should have happened to American “justices”. So he is known to be a bit resentful. He says plenty of grotesque things.

      To have Stockholm syndrome from an alleged Jewish occupation, I would have to be obsessed by my alleged captors, just like you are, with the “Jews” running around inside your head. The Gauls, BTW, willingly adopted the Roman language, now known as French.

    • Gmax Says:

      Only the craziest Jew zionists are as obsessed by Jews as you are. Does that make you a Jew?

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      And you seem to have the Hitler syndrome.

  2. brodix Says:

    Where would humanity be, without trials and tribulations? What limits us, also defines us and without form, there is no character.

    A spiritual absolute would be the essence from which we rise, not an ideal from which we fell.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      The mind blossoms from the fertile ground of trial and tribulation. However, it would be nothing without the heart to motivate it.

      • brodix Says:

        True. Reason presses down, as desire pushes up. Giving form to being.

        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          Hitler was full of reasons, and rage. Both pushing up towards annihilation. Reason? Hitler’s reasons were correct, in his mad universe. Just study Brexiters: they are full of reasons, most of them lies, or irrelevant truisms.

          • brodix Says:

            Which is to say that reason and culture are extremely valid and valuable in giving form to this inchoate, but sentient energy.

  3. Gmax Says:

    Magnificent text, but IS will want to shoot him for it. And what’s his main point? We should turn the other breast, so they can shoot that one too?

    • dominique deux Says:

      Turning the other cheek? Mr Leiris never says ISIS should not be fought with armed violence, run down, destroyed, whatever. But it can be done without him being tainted by hatred, a mutilating affection of the mind (see Indravaruna for a sad example). The eradication of murderous extremists requires murderous and merciless counter-violence; that is precisely the mandate and the essence of the State, which pluto-liberalists want to kill. And thankfully, the French state, for all its failures, does not shirk from this duty. It needs not hatred for that, merely a good army and relevant strategies.

      A State’s violence is legitimate in essence, but a State which fuels its violence with hatred makes it illegitimate, however satisfying it would be for the likes of Indravaruna and his forebears.

      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        That’s a perfect answer, Dominique, thanks. I was going to answer Gmax in an essay I half already half written for today. An example I used was cockroach destruction: no hatred, just efficiency.
        Your answer is so perfect, I am going to quote it, in extenso…

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