Eagles of Death Metal on Bataclan jihad attack: “fear of guns led to a lot of deaths that night.”

(Photo above: Eagles of Death Metal front singer Jesse Hughes, post-Bataclan) Pro-gun, pro-Trump front singer of Eagles of Death Metal, Jesse Hughes, speaks out after surviving the jihad attack on Bataclan in Paris in November 2015. After the interview, two French festivals cancelled their contract with Eagles of Death Metal. Listen to their great party music here. Interview with Jesse Hughes, via Taki’s Magazine:

“Eagles of Death Metal recently finished a Canadian tour and I got to sit down with vocalist Jesse Hughes and discuss the Bataclan attack in Paris that killed 89 of his fans. You’d think he’d want to avoid the topic, but he was actually eager to get into it. He sees it as a catharsis. Hughes is not happy with the way the media has treated the story. Details are randomly pulled from his interviews and entire angles are edited in later that are diametrically opposed to his beliefs. Jesse Hughes has been ordained as a minister by the Universal Life Church. He’s pro-gun, pro-Trump, and pro-life. He recognizes that Islam is the problem and political correctness is literally killing us. Takimag: It’s hard to talk about the attack without sounding like you’re blaming the victims, but it’s impossible to deny fear of Islamophobia and fear of guns led to a lot of deaths that night. Jesse Hughes: I saw fear fall like a blanket on the whole crowd and they fell like wheat in the wind—the way you would before a god. I was totally alert from the very beginning. The first thing I needed to do was find my girl. Fear took a backseat and ‘where’s my girl?’ took over. I could smell gunpowder in the backstage area and I knew someone fired a round back there. I saw a guy with an FAL and when he turned to face me his eyes looked like marbles. He was stoned out of his mind, and we now know they were on Xanax and cocaine. I recognized him. I’d seen him earlier in the day and noticed him staring at us. They were in the venue early. That implies some staff were in on it. I got in a lot of trouble for saying that. I know for sure that they were in there early. I remember them staring at my buddy. I just chalked it up to Arab envy. You know what I mean? When a Muslim sees a cocky American dude with tattoos, he stares at him. I realized later it was Abdeslam and he was staring at my buddy because they thought he was a threat. There’s no denying the terrorists were already inside, and they had to get in somehow. During the shooting I went outside and the backstage door was propped open. How did that happen? Do you think political correctness is killing our natural instincts and making us vulnerable? Definitely. There were two girls who were involved. They were at the venue and vanished before the shooting, and these women were in traditional Muslim garb. They knew people wouldn’t check them because of the way they were dressed. They got caught a few days later. The fear of offending Muslims is a terrorist’s greatest weapon. ‘When the cops went in after the attack, they shut down, what, 450 mosques? They found recruitment material in every single one of them.’ Look at the guys who bombed Brussels. They were wearing black gloves on one hand. Their luggage was too heavy to lift, but they didn’t want anyone helping them with it. Nobody brought any of this up until after the bombs went off. We’d rather die than be called a bigot. The French are so concerned with racism, they’re letting Muslims get away with murder. A day after, at the stadium, Muslims booed the moment of silence and we barely heard about it in the press. I saw Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack. I saw it with my own eyes. In real time! How did they know what was going on? There must have been coordination. I’ve heard you say you credit your childhood with your survival. You had a real dad who stuck around and taught you about guns. I knew what gunfire was. I was able to think through it. I was also able to remember practical lessons of my life because I had to be in fights as a kid. My mom didn’t go sue anyone. I didn’t have playdates. I had some practical upbringing growing up in the desert where you got to get yourself out of your problems. Also, the reason I’ve done well with this healing process is everything I was raised to believe was affirmed that night. In a way, that’s a blessing of God. When the first bullets started being fired, people looked at me. I remember that. It pissed me off because I knew right then and there it was going to be bad. I knew these kids had no idea what was coming. None. They’d never heard a gunshot in real life and it hit them so hard. Political correctness kills. Davey [bassist Dave Catching] was in the middle of the stage and when the lights went on, he saw shit he’d never seen before in his life, awful stuff. It has no parallel. It’s not just death. It’s the most unsuspecting, innocent victims you can imagine—people who are gripped in terror and can’t move as a result of it. It’s like a metaphor for all of Western civilization. I watched about seven people die. A couple of them were three feet from the barrier. They could have fallen backwards and been alive but they were too scared to even turn around. I remember a woman just standing with her hands up in a surrender pose. The terrorist finally saw her and all she did was go, “No no no.” She surrendered to death in front of my very eyes. … In a way we’re unarmed twofold. We’re literally unarmed and we’re also mentally unarmed. It’s like the bleating sheep from Animal Farm. You suggest anything that strays from the narrative and this chorus of bleats comes to drown you out. This attack didn’t happen by accident. I went to Paris after the attacks and was disgusted by the lack of rage. They didn’t blame Islam. In fact, many blamed the Jews. They seemed more concerned with us promoting xenophobia than laying blame on the terrorists. … You went to the hospital? I had pieces of teeth and human bone pulled out of my face. A girl got shot right next to me by the shooter at the top of the stairs who I had met earlier. She stepped one step in front of me and her head just exploded. It blew pieces of her teeth and skull into my face. Why don’t we hear about this? The media wants to summarize it, and important details get lost. The most important detail being when they started shooting, they were already inside. If they were hanging out enough to let three people go, then they knew security dudes. They knew bouncers. They knew doormen. Do you think a percentage of the security staff was Muslim? I know they were. … Maybe one of the reasons the cops are so much more pragmatic about this threat is that they are the ones who have to go into Les Banlieues and confront these people. Naïveté is a luxury they can’t afford. When the cops went in after the attack, they shut down, what, 450 mosques? They found recruitment material in every single one of them. What the fuck is wrong with us that we don’t know about that? … We had eight police officers in our audience that night. They all had the same conversation with their wives, which was ‘Should I bring my gun or not?’ All of them said no. When we went back and played Paris again they stood in the same places they stood at the original show and they opened their jackets and showed me their guns as if to say, ‘Not tonight, motherfucker.’ It was beautiful. Islam is crying wolf about Islamophobia in order to anesthetize us and make us easier prey. They know there’s a whole group of white kids out there who are stupid and blind. You have these affluent white kids who have grown up in a liberal curriculum from the time they were in kindergarten, inundated with these lofty notions that are just hot air. Look at where it’s getting them.”

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  1. A moslem by the name Ismael El Iraki is angry with Jesse Hughes and has this to say about Hughes and the Paris attack.

    “A Bataclan survivor pens a letter to Jesse Hughes”

    “Ismael El Iraki, a Muslim, calls out the frontman of Eagles of Death Metal for saying the Bataclan’s Muslim guards aided the attack. And El Iraki would know: he owes his life to one.”

    “By PRI’s The World”

    “Fri., May 27, 2016”

    Dear Jesse,

    I just finished reading your tacky Taki interview and to tell you the truth, my heart is bleeding.

    That’s how Ismael El Iraki started his letter to the co-founder and frontman of Eagles of Death Metal (EODM), the rock band that was playing at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris the night Islamist terrorists opened fire on the audience, killing 89. El Iraki was there. A picture taken from the stage shows El Iraki in the foreground, wearing white-framed glasses.

    El Iraki is a big EODM fan, and a recent interview the band’s frontman, Jesse Hughes, did with the website Taki left him crushed. Particularly, the claim that Muslim security staff were in on the attack.

    El Iraki says that belief hit him hard because, while it was Muslims who attacked the concert hall, it was also Muslims like him who were inside, and also a Muslim security guard named Didi who saved his life.

    “He’s a true-life hero,” El Iraki says. “He’s a guy who, when he managed to get out, be in the streets — and we all dreamed of that street, of that outside — he was out, and he went back in. He went back in against all survival instinct, against everything that makes us animals. And he reached inside himself and pulled himself toward what can make us angels. This guy is a hero!”

    Didi has been widely profiled in the wake of the attack, though he’s always asked not to be identified with his last name.

    “So this Muslim guy is exactly who Jesse is insulting with those comments in the interview. And I guess that’s what really made me react. You have no right to insult a hero like that.”

    El Iraki doesn’t know Didi. He just knows the man saved his life.

    As for his letter, he doesn’t want people to read it as a diss to Hughes.

    “I didn’t write it to attack him. It’s an open hand. I think the guy is hurting,” he says. “It’s easier to say it’s the big bad Muslim conspiracy or it’s aliens from another planet. But we live in the real world. Aliens do not exist. And explanations for something like this horror are very complex.”

    El Iraki isn’t sure he’ll hear back from Hughes. But he wants the band member to know the message came straight from his heart.

    “I hope that — yeah. He’s a human being. I’m a human being. We have a s—load of stuff in common. So why not just look at that? Why not look at all we have in common. All the good stuff.”

    We reached out to EODM, but the band declined to comment. In past interviews, Hughes has said he is struggling with PTSD. He’s even apologized for some of his past remarks.

    https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/05/27/a-bataclan-survivor-pens-a-letter-to-jesse-hughes.html

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