Je Suis Une Bombe: Family Criminally Convicted For Sending 3-Year-Old Son “Jihad” To School With T-Shirt Reading “I Am A Bomb”


We have previously discussed the wholesale attack on free speech principles in France from limits on religious garments to stripping the Internet of anonymity to attempting to criminalize historical accounts. The most recent case involves a woman who named her boy “Jihad” and then dressed her three-year-old in a sweater with the words “Je suis une bombe – I am a bomb” on the front, along with his name and ‘Born on September 11th’ on the back. She was given a suspended jail sentence for “glorifying a crime” — it is a crime that is only punishable if you disregard the most fundamental principles of free speech. It turns out that the boy was born on September 11, 2009.

The case arose in Nimes in Southern France. The prosecutors had an easy case to make once it was established that “glorifying” crime is a crime in France: “We have to rule that they (the mother and uncle) knew of the provocative nature of the T-shirt.”

The shirt was actually a present from his uncle Zeyad, 29, who insisted “I had no intention of being provocative or shocking people. For me the words ‘I am a bomb’ mean ‘I am beautiful’”. I fail to see how Zeyad was not trying to be provocative or how “I am a bomb’ could possibly be viewed as meaning ‘I am beautiful.” However, it does not matter. Even if it was meant to be provocative, that is the purpose of much of free speech — to take on controversial or verboten subjects. The t-shirt seems to have a clear political message on the attitudes following 9-11.

The mother said that she liked the t-shirt because it had her son’s birthdate on it.

A lawyer for the mayor Claude Avril displayed the underlying contempt for free speech by insisting “Idiocy is often the best alibi to hide our real intentions. The most scandalous aspect of this is the manipulation of a three year-year-old to convey the words of terrorism.” Really? I thought the most scandalous aspect of this was a person claiming to be an attorney and actively using the law to punish the exercise of free speech but that might just be me.

22 thoughts on “Je Suis Une Bombe: Family Criminally Convicted For Sending 3-Year-Old Son “Jihad” To School With T-Shirt Reading “I Am A Bomb””

  1. “Ceci n’est pas une pipe.” – Rene Magritte. Jeez! Can’t we have a wry sense of humor any longer without people overreacting? I’m reminded of Ambrose Bierce’s definition of a cynic as “A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic’s eyes to improve his vision.”

  2. “the Arab/Islamic population bomb”

    Back in the day, it was only black guys who had these huge schlongs.
    And now you tell me that Arabs are similarly endowed?


    Somewhere on an American Indian reservation, they are working on bigger tribal schlongs. All that white gambling money has got to be going somewhere.

    Some day soon, all the European-Americans are going to have to ship out or live under the rule of the American-Indian majority. Democracy bites!

    Which Indian land do you live in?

  3. setting up a false alarm with a bomb threat
    Three-year-old with T-shirt.
    Look up “Twitter Joke Trial”

    September 11 thing, while Jihad’s birthday, is certainly provocative
    Either the kid will have to change his birthday, or 9/11 commemorations will have to be moved to the nearest weekend that does not fall on September 11th. There is no compromise here. So “Make it so”.

    At the same time, I think that there is probably an unthinking something about the uncle’s gift.

    The big problem that I have with “9/11” is that it does not include the year. I can never remember how long ago it happened.
    So I just looked it up.
    Under 3000 people died.

    Since then, hundreds of thousands have died violent deaths associated with US use of force.

    9/11 is just a pin-prick. In terms of global death and destruction it barely exists.
    It’s only because it happened in the US that we get this massive butt-hurt.

    We need to give smart-phones to children in Pakistan valleys so that they can live-scream their burnings after drone strikes.
    One of the prime drivers for US getting out of Iraq was that US troops could no longer be granted immunity for whatever they did.
    Why would those good guys need immunity from anything?

    Dressing a 3-year-old in a T-shirt with the Stars and Stripes on it….
    Now THAT would be provocative in some parts of the world – and with good recently-dated reason.

  4. ” I would have to say that it was intended to be part humorous/part provocative.”

    If the intention was double entendre the reference could have been to the Arab/Islamic population bomb that some believe will change the course of politics in both western Europe and the West Bank.

    The population bomb, of course, refers to the difference in fertility rates between the ‘native’ populations of Europe and Israel, and largely immigrant or non-citizen Arab population.

    Still the real question is whether a statement that is not a direct call to crime or violence, however unpopular, should be penalized.

  5. The September 11 thing, while Jihad’s birthday, is certainly provocative. But the slang phrase “Je suis une bombe” in French is not necessarily so. In common parlance, “Elle est une bombe” is roughly translated as “She is a fox/ She is hot.” “Je suis une bombe” while it literally means, “I am a bomb” is taken as “I am a fox/I am hot” in French slang.

    This is the problem with direct translation. “Je suis un renard/I am a fox” means nothing to a French person. In English it means something else.

    That said, it is rare to hear the “Je suis une bombe” phrase used in connection with a three year old boy. I would have to say that it was intended to be part humorous/part provocative. Those of us who witnessed what happened on September 11 (which, despite what the Truthers would have you believe, involved no bombs) most clearly fail to see the humor in the “joke.”

  6. ““I had no intention of being provocative or shocking people. For me the words ‘I am a bomb’ mean ‘I am beautiful’”.”

    It seems to me some of the concern expressed here is related to the meaning both direct and implied of ‘I am a bomb’.

    We don’t really know what was in the mind of the parents.

    But my first thought was the inscription on the shirt was analogous to words we see here like ‘I am fly’, ‘I am foxy’, or ‘I am hot’.

    Even in this country bomb and bomb shell are sometimes used as slang to indicate an exceptional or attractive person.

    I have to wonder if similar words on a child with a name like Jack or Susan from a more mainstream family would have brought the same concern or legal action?

  7. The moral/legal violation is setting up a false alarm with a bomb threat, but certainly not 3 years in jail. 30 days of community service would be appropriate.
    Dredd’s percentages are off but the point is well taken. However, governments, particularly the USA & Israel, are making terrorism more likely every day they pretend to war against it. Its deliberate, of course, just like ‘1984;.

  8. Enacting a law that prohibits all individuals from covering their faces is neither racist or bigoted. Forbidding certain clothing that covers the face because it is religious is another thing. In the US we have long had laws against wearing masks. (If a man walked into a bank with his face covered I am pretty sure he would be escorted out. why should a woman be treated any differently.) There should be no exceptions made to such laws for religious reasons.

    As to these idiots who used their child to make a political point, it sounds like child abuse and reckless endangerment to me. I don’t believe for one minute that the intention was as stated by the mother. She was seeing how far she could go.

  9. Well, You know how dangerous children can be, especially at that age.

    When it comes to matters of public safety we just cannot be too careful.

  10. The school system has declined, there is no longer any discipline. If there are distractions with clothing, go to uniforms. If food is inappropriate, hire a chief dietitian to prepare balanced and nourishing meals like they had in the 60’s. For teachers to get respect their must be “fair rules” made by school boards and principles to enforce. Teachers today are hard to tell from the students, they all dress like slobs. Without a distinction from playtime with friends and education our school system has suffered. Parents, these are your kids – what are you going to do about it ? You are paying for this inferior education, then complaining about the results. Who do children have to look up to? Consider establishing a good home economics or industrial arts classes to keep these troubled kids interested in learning and ending up with a trade to make a living.

  11. That’s the funny thing about the French.
    Their terrorists are masculine and carry feminine bombs.
    They are foreign – which probably explains it.


    Latin provocator. See provoquer, -ateur.
    provocateur m (feminine provocatrice, masculine plural provocateurs, feminine plural provocatrices)
    provocateur m (plural provocateurs)
    provoker; one who provokes.

    Thanks wiktionary, your definition “one who provokes” is succinct by half.

    Perhaps if they added some pictures of a few of the commentators here the meaning would be clearer!! :o)

  13. When something/one is described as “The bomb”, it means “really cool”.
    —- unless the something is a bomb.

    This is curious, as if something “bombs” it means that it did not go well.

    If society is to be exercised about this matter, it might concentrate on a young impressionable boy being dressed in a T-shirt labelling him as “Une Bombe”.
    That might be a harder load for him to carry than being labelled as “Un terroriste”

  14. The uncle is not completely off here, the words ” c’est la bombe/ That’s the bomb” are used in French to convey utmost coolness or attraction.

  15. Depending on the school, this could be like yelling Fire in a crowded theatre. We could take him at his word and detonate him on sight. Save the school.

  16. It is incredible how paranoia spreads so far and wide.

    Very recently Reprehensible Peter King (R-Bullshitistan) was saying that the shooters in Kenya were likely American terrorists and there are lots of them inside the U.S.

    The September 11 fear virus is still with us even though:

    *You are 35,079 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist
    *You are 33,842 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist
    *obesity is 5,882 to 23,528 times more likely to kill you than a terrorist
    *you are 5,882 times more likely to die from medical error than terrorism
    *you’re 4,706 times more likely to drink yourself to death than die from terrorism
    *you are 1,904 times more likely to die from a car accident than from a terrorist
    *your meds are thousands of times more likely to kill you than Al Qaeda
    *you’re 2,059 times more likely to kill yourself than die at the hand of a terrorist
    *you’re 452 times more likely to die from risky sexual behavior than terrorism
    *you’re 353 times more likely to fall to your death … than die in a terrorist attack
    *you are 271 times more likely to die from a workplace accident than terrorism
    *you are 187 times more likely to starve to death in America than be killed by terrorism
    *you’re about 22 times more likely to die from a brain-eating zombie parasite than a terrorist
    *you were more than 9 times more likely to be killed by a law enforcement officer than by a terrorist
    *[being] “crushed to death by … [TV] or furniture” [as likely as] being killed by terrorist
    *Americans are 110 times more likely to die from contaminated food than terrorism
    *you are more likely to be killed by a toddler than a terrorist
    *you [are] four times more likely to be struck by lightning than killed by a terrorist

    (Terrorism We Can Believe In? – 3).

  17. Uncle Zeyed needs to go back to where ever he came from. Je Suis Une Retard. And, I ought to know because I claim to be from France. Remulak does not really exist.

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