‘Manu’ or Emmanuel Macron?

I have recently read a news report about French President Emmanuel Macron that fits in the category of “light” news.

In brief, while President Emmanuel Macron was attending a ceremony North of France to commemorate General Charles de Gaulle’s call for popular resistance during World War II, a “boy” standing among the crowds behind a barrier addressed him while he was passing by them.

The boy appeared on LCI television channel singing the socialist anthem before telling the president: “How’s it going, Manu?” The boy used a nickname to address him.

This angered the 40-year-old president who told the boy: “No, you can’t do that, no, no, no, no,” adding: “You’re here, at an official ceremony and you should behave.”

Here is the difficult question. Who guarantees maintaining the values that regulate any human gathering – the values which humans have followed for centuries and which are the summary of ethics, developed over time to venerate the old.

They embody having mercy on the young and respecting people? In other words, who is raising whom today?

We are asking this question at a time when the youth, both girls and boys, are being fed hybrid opinion and chaotic and dangerous values

Mashari Althaydi

Hybrid opinion

We’re asking this question at a time when the youth, both girls and boys, are being fed hybrid opinion and chaotic and dangerous values.

This is in addition to introducing them to political orientations, which unbridle their souls and charge them with courage but without relying on the awareness that protects them from the bumpy paths.

The French boy who did not know and who did not even care to know how to properly address others, whether a president or whoever – and whose parents are perhaps like that as well – cannot be blamed. There is an entire system which contributed to this scene. The one who sent the boy to this place is the one to be blamed.

There is this story I remember from our ancient history. Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr was in Muawiyah Bin Abu Sufyan’s assembly after the latter was appointed king. Muawiyah was aware of Ibn Zubayr’s secret ambitions to attain power so he wanted to anger him.

While sitting at the council, a boy walked around and played with those present. When he arrived to Ibn al-Zubayr, he slapped him on his face like any annoying child would do.

Ibn al-Zubayr, who is described as strong, strongly slapped the boy back so Muawiyah told him: “Abu Khubayb, he is just a boy!” Ibn Zubayr thus replied: “But whoever sent him is not a boy!”

Whoever sent the French boy to that scene and other similar millions of boys across the world is not a boy.

This article is also available in Arabic.

Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51
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