With the recent massacre (148 dead) in blackest Kenya, we can finally see the truth behind the huge march that took place this January in Paris. For the media in the West, this march showed the world that the Islamist militants who murdered 17 people (Charlie Hebdo employees, Jewish shoppers, French police) were no match for the European love of freedom. But the march, which included 50 or so freedom-loving world leaders (Benjamin Netanyahu, Angela Merkel, and so on), was not about cherished European liberties, which are dubious to begin with; the march was racist at its core. It was about our (the West's) values against perceived foreign values (the Rest). And the march's stunning size only revealed the size of Europe's race/immigrant problem—a problem that is only surpassed in size by its economic problem, which involves punishing millions upon millions of poor and working-class people for bad investments made by a few bankers and bondholders.
Expect there to be nothing like "I'm Garissa," nor expect a massive "solidarity march" with leaders from around the world. (Imagine Benjamin Netanyahu marching in the streets of Nairobi only three weeks after his brazen race-baiting during the Israeli election.) There should be no slogans and no marches. As "I'm Charlie" led to racism, "I'm Garissa" will lead to nationalism (or tribalism). All are dead ends.
The situation in Kenya is not simple. Many of the militants in the Somali-based gang called al-Shabab are from Kenya. Indeed, one of the murderers is the son of a Kenyan government official and a law graduate. In short, Garissa is not a matter for the army but for the police, for detectives, for courts, for witnesses, for procedures. The last time this kind of understanding was completely lost, and the line between criminal action and military action was blurred, the world's most powerful state attacked another, much poorer state that had completely nothing to do with the crime committed on its soil. The aggressor claimed it was fighting for freedom.