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Saturday, November 14, 2015


Paris imposed a curfew following last night's barbaric Islamic terrorist attacks for the first time since the Nazi occupation in 1940s. But here's the thing: Whether the French and much of the rest of Europe wants to hear it or not, there is a different, but equally dangerous "occupation" going on right now, and it has eerie Nazi overtones.

The people who slaughtered innocent French civilians are continually described by Western politicians and media hacks as "extremists" or "terrorists."  But because there is no adjective before these words, there is no power in them.

There also seems to be an obsessive attempt to connect ISIS or al Qaeda or al Nusra or any other radical Islamic group to the attacks. It doesn't much matter!

The attacks (whether New York on 9/11/01, or Mumbai, or London, or Paris, or Jerusalem come from radical Islam. Understanding which group perpetrated the attacks is important for the police investigation, but it's otherwise largely irrelevant.

Politicians and the public know what and who perpetrated these attacks—a bloody, intolerant, even genocidal interpretation of the Koran that leads Islamists along a path toward their warped vision of world domination.

Mark Steyn expresses rage and cynicism when he writes:
When the Allahu Akbar boys opened fire, Paris was talking about the climate-change conference due to start later this month, when the world's leaders will fly in to "solve" a "problem" that doesn't exist rather than to address the one that does. But don't worry: we already have a hashtag (#PrayForParis) and doubtless there'll be another candlelight vigil of weepy tilty-headed wankers. Because as long as we all advertise how sad and sorrowful we are, who needs to do anything?

With his usual killer comedy timing, the "leader of the free world" [Barack Obama] told George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning, America" this very morning [of the Paris attack] that he'd "contained" ISIS and that they're not "gaining strength". A few hours later, a cell whose members claim to have been recruited by ISIS slaughtered over 150 people in the heart of Paris and succeeded in getting two suicide bombers and a third bomb to within a few yards of the French president.

Visiting the Bataclan, M Hollande declared that "nous allons mener le combat, il sera impitoyable": We are going to wage a war that will be pitiless.

Does he mean it? Or is he just killing time until Obama and Cameron and Merkel and Justin Trudeau and Malcolm Turnbull fly in and they can all get back to talking about sea levels in the Maldives in the 22nd century? By which time France and Germany and Belgium and Austria and the Netherlands will have been long washed away.

Among his other coy evasions, President Obama described tonight's events as "an attack not just on Paris, it's an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share".

But that's not true, is it? He's right that it's an attack not just on Paris or France. What it is is an attack on the west, on the civilization that built the modern world - an attack on one portion of "humanity" by those who claim to speak for another portion of "humanity". And these are not "universal values" but values that spring from a relatively narrow segment of humanity ... and those "universal values" are utterly alien to large parts of the map today.
Until we begin to use the adjective "Islamic" to describe the "extremists" and "terrorists" and their barbaric deeds, we are lost. Until we demand that Islam cleanse itself of these barbarians, we are lost. Until the Islamic barbarians are eradicated, not by the West, but by the supposed one billion "peaceful" Muslims, we are lost.

In the early 1970s, the anti-war movement taped posters to their walls that read "Suppose they gave a war and nobody came?"

In the year 2015, those of us who are concerned about the 21st century's new Nazis can't help but think: "Suppose they gave a war and only one side showed up."

The Islamists showed up in Paris last night, and the evolved Western intelligencia wrings its hands and creates hashtags in "solidarity" with those who have been murdered. That. Is. Not. Enough.

We are at war. We have to show up. If we don't, we'll set the stage for a world that will exhibit an ugliness that has not been seen for 500 years.


And this from Andrew McCarthy:
There is always the chance that the next attack will knock the scales from our eyes. Always the chance that we will realize the enemy is at war with us, even as we foolishly believe we can end the war by not fighting it, by surrendering.

As this is written, the death count in Paris is 158. That number will grow higher, and very many more will be counted among the wounded and terrorized.

“Allahu Akbar!” cried the jihadists as they killed innocent after French innocent. The commentators told us it means “God is great.” But it doesn’t. It means “Allah is greater!” It is a comparative, a cry of combative aggression: “Our God is mightier than yours.” It is central to a construction of Islam, mainstream in the Middle East, that sees itself at war with the West.

It is what animates our enemies.

Barack Obama tells us — harangues us — that he is the president who came to end wars. Is that noble? Reflective of an America that honors “our values”? No, it is juvenile.

In the real world, the world of aggression — not “micro-aggression” — you don’t get to end wars by pronouncing them over, or mistaken, or contrary to “our values.”

You end them by winning them . . . or losing them.