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Thursday, 28 July 2016

What Pope Frances could have said following the slaughter of Father Jacques Hamel.

It seems Pope Frances cannot help himself, uttering yet another absurdity following the slaughter of a Catholic Priest in France by two Muslim jihadists.



"We must not be afraid to say the truth, the world is at war because it has lost peace," the pontiff told journalists aboard a flight from the Rome to Krakow.

"When I speak of war I speak of wars over interests, money, resources, not religion. All religions want peace, it's the others who want war."

This is plainly untrue as it is absurd. Not all religions have peaceful narratives - not all of their founders were men of peace.  Everyone should know by now that Mohammad the founder of Islam waged wars, beheaded captives and took sex slaves.

The two young men who slaughtered Father Jacques Hamel before the Catholic alter were simply following the example of their prophet.  Pope Frances must know this, so why the dissembling?

What he could have said is something like this:

“Just as the Catholic church has had to honestly face the issue of child abuse amongst its clergy, unpleasant and shameful as it has been, the Muslim world must address the fact that their holy texts, and their prophet’s example supports the violent jihad expressed by these young men.  The slaughter will continue until the Islamic world takes responsibility for its theology of violence, and is willing to change.”

But regrettably he chose absurdity over truth and we are less safe because of it.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Deliver us from evil.

The Herald on the slaughter of 84 year old Catholic Priest Father Jacques Hamel, by two jihadists in Gambetta Normandy.

"They forced him to his knees. He wanted to defend himself. And that's when the tragedy happened," said the nun, identified as Sister Danielle, according to BFM television. "They recorded themselves. They did a sort of sermon around the altar, in Arabic. It's a horror."

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the savage attack. According to security sources, one of the attackers was a 19-year-old convicted terrorist living with his parents and who forced to wear an electronic tag, The Sun reports.

The Catholic church was also on a terrorist "hit list" that French police have reportedly known about since April 2015 following the arrest of an extremist in Paris.


Some accounts of this atrocity state that Father Hamel was beheaded. One of the perpetrators was known to French authorities to be an Islamic terrorist who was refused the opportunity to travel to Syria. They released him to live amongst the community monitored only by an ankle bracelet. 

This cannot continue or France is headed for the civil war I had thought could be avoided. The time for teddy bears, flowers, prayers and platitudes has long passed. Expressions of sympathy are no longer enough. It’s time for politicians in France, Germany and elsewhere in the western world to acknowledge the enemy is not living ‘over there’ somewhere in Syria or Iraq, but here amongst us.

No western nation can afford to have known ISIS sympathizers wandering loose on their streets. We are at war for goodness sake.  If the events of recent days in Europe don’t shake our politicians from their torpor and into action, then I don’t know what it will take.

It’s too late for France I suspect, especially after reading the in depth article by Ben Judah from Standpoint magazine that I have published in part below.

Islam and the French Republic – Ben Judah

Hayange is a town where most of the restaurants have closed down. Families no longer have the cash for such treats. Unemployment is at 13 per cent. “We’ve had enough of Paris politicians,” sighs Anne, a half-Italian café owner. “We’ve voted for all of them and nothing changes.

A hijabi strolls in front of the church. Islam is here, even in remote France. There are now two halal butchers and one prayer room in this town of 18,000 people. At the café opposite everyone is speaking Arabic, and nobody wants to talk. Unemployed, listless men sit everywhere. Outside a shop I meet an enthusiastic supporter of the mayor. “I love him,” said Madame Fers. “There are too many Arabs in France.” She points at a veiled woman. “This is not normal. We are in France. They should stop behaving like this — it’s like we are no longer in France. It’s like: whose country is this now — theirs?”

I stroll towards the mayor’s office: a hulking, stained-concrete building with the Soviet-feel of provincial Russia. The mayor is the new Front National. Fabien Engelmann is a gay vegetarian and for eight years was a far-left activist with Lutte Ouvrière. “I’m an atheist,” he says. “But I defend Christian civilisation. I would not have voted for the Front National of Jean-Marie Le Pen, because of his economic liberalism, obsession with the war and derogatory comments to a certain community.” He worked in clothes shops and a factory. “I realised,” he says, “after a certain amount of time this internationalist utopia, lovely as it would be, is unrealistic.”

The new Front National mayor rejects the “far-right” label. This is a media and elite smear to scare people away. To prove it, Engelmann says he opposes mass deportation of immigrants with French citizenship. He says he supports a small level of immigration that assimilates itself. He even has Italian migrant roots himself. It’s all about religion, he says, not race.

What made a gay leftist switch from the far Left to the Front? “I realised,” he announces, “my error of interpretation on immigration and Islamisation, which is a danger to liberty.” It was seeing a veiled woman standing for parliament — “that was the click for me.” That and — “all around us this rise of halal, this halalisation of France through its dishes, it’s a conquest of France through its dishes, if you look closely.”

The mayor is no longer fighting class war: he is fighting Saint-Denis. He doesn’t talk about unemployment, austerity or the euro, only France’s ethnic change. “This is the Great Replacing,” he says. “Now go around in Paris, the Gare du Nord . . . you have prayers in the street even when there is a half-empty mosque on Friday morning because it’s really to say this is our territory and we want to impose all that you don’t like.”

The mayor talks like a man utterly convinced, sitting facing a pop-art painting of Tintin and poster of Brigitte Bardot in front of a mini-bust of Mozart. “Go to La Goûte d’Or, the area that was, in the past, one of white wine and the eternal France and the tradition of France — go now and you won’t recognise it at all. This makes me hurt. It makes me hurt to see Paris becoming effectively a land of Islam — little by little a land of Islam.”

Engelmann has a little book on his desk called The Fundamental Principles Of Human Stupidity. He waves it at his political opponents in council.


“France already had a mini civil war,” he says. This is how he sees the banlieue riots of 2005 that saw thousands of cars and even schools set alight. This will never happen again with the Front National he says. “There’s the army, there’s the riot police, there are the forces of order, and then voilà. And listen — if there are a few dead, there are a few dead.”

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

What is undeniable will eventually become undeniable.

Douglas Murray of the Spectator wrote an excellent article today entitled ‘Terror is the new normal for Germany and France’.  He reflects on the cognitive dissonance of the western media and political classes as they seek to find anything but Islam as the primary cause of so much bloodshed.  How the media seeks to airbrush over the Muslim identity of the reportedly 18 year old killer in Munich by focusing on his middle name ‘David’ – how they initially sought to create links to the white supremacist Breivik who committed mass slaughter five years ago.



I would go further and add there is still considerable public denial over any link between immigration from Islamic countries and the level of terrorism experienced in the host country.  This is most evidenced by the hatred and vilification expressed against those who dare make such a connection.  I think particularly here of Australian media personality Sonia Kruger who recently called for an end to Muslim immigration in Australia, and then was forced by her employer to make partial retraction.

The fact that fellow media commentator Andrew Bolt was forced to move his children to another home because of credible death threats from local ISIS supporters in Melbourne was largely ignored by local media.

Perhaps this is Bolt’s reward for highlighting the 20 plus individuals serving time in Australian prisons for terrorism related offences all are Muslim and all were either immigrants or the children of immigrants. These are stubborn facts that simply refuse to go away despite politicians and the media’s best efforts.

In part the cause of this cognitive dissonance is our theological illiteracy. The liberal mind dismisses religion as irrelevant to modern life in the 21st century, and besides don’t all religions essentially teach the same thing?

This ignorance borne of laziness views Islam and Christianity through the same lens which is why our politicians tell us that ISIS is a ‘perverted’ form of Islam.  Not because they know anything about Islam, or even Christianity for that matter, but because it contradicts the popular narrative that Islam is a religion of peace.

It has never been a religion of peace.  Islam’s prophet Mohammad waged wars, beheaded captives and took sex slaves.  Sound familiar?

Should we be surprised that his disciples follow his example?

But seemingly we are surprised, so much so that we seek to superimpose another narrative, any narrative over the bloodshed rather than face the dark reality that confronts us every day in our streets, café’s, theaters, shopping malls and public events.

What is undeniable will eventually become undeniable. 

Monday, 25 July 2016

We the people respectfully disagree.

A good deal of time and emotional energy is wasted by authorities agonizing over the possible motives behind the latest Allah Akbar’ shouting mass murderer named Mohammad.  Be it the truck driver in Nice, or an axe wielding jihadist on a German train, or a French Muslim stabbing a mother and three daughters for wearing immodest clothing, or the latest shooting by an 18 year old Ali David Sonboly in Munich who reportedly shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ while firing his 9mm Glock pistol at children; their motives remain a mystery.

One thing our politicians know for sure however, is that it has nothing to do with Islam.  The BBC was quick to point out that three Muslims were killed in the latest Munich incident by ‘David’ (conveniently dropping Ali from his name), confirming what we knew all along, that regardless of who pulls the trigger, or drives the truck, or wields the knife, Muslims are always the real victims.


It’s mental illness.

You could be forgiven for thinking the real problem with mental illness is to be found amongst our politicians and media who are desperate to find anything other than Islam to be the primary motivation for these killings.  When it comes to the slaughter in Munich, the media has focused a good deal on the mental state of the killer.  He was apparently bullied at school, and had a book about mass killings.

Well so what?  Millions of children are bullied at school and how many go on to commit acts of mass slaughter while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’?

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull, ever keen to disassociate Islam from acts of violent jihad has instructed his top ant-terror adviser to investigate the links between the ‘suspects’ they are monitoring and mental illness.

Could Malcolm Turnbull be implying that following Islam is a risk to mental health, or that Islam has a propensity to attract the mentally deranged and violently disposed in a way that other religions do not?

Right to be concerned

The public however are not so stupid, and are less concerned about finding the hidden motives behind the violence of Muslim jihadists.  They are however left wondering why their politicians appear reluctant to dial back Muslim immigration, and close down the Salafist Mosques.  In 2014 the Spectator magazine reported that of the 1700 Mosques in Britain only two followed a ‘modernist’ interpretation of the Koran.  A quarter of the Mosques in the UK do not allow women on the premises, and those that do segregate them from the men. Friendship with non-Muslims is widely discouraged.

As UK columnist Peter Hitchens pointed out in a recent article, Brexit was largely a vote against mass immigration and the cultural change it is imposing upon significant tracts of Britain.  He suggests that Theresa May will be in trouble if she fails to deal with this issue. In trouble she may be. Teresa May is a woman who has previously endorsed Sharia law and presumably has no problem with the growth of Islam in the UK.  Is it any wonder that the public are rapidly losing confidence in the politicians they have elected to represent them?

Today the Herald reports that a Syrian refugee hacked to death a pregnant women with a machete in a town near Stuttgart Germany, injuring two others before being subdued. Apparently her death, and those of the nine people slaughtered just yesterday is a price our politicians believe is worth paying in order to sustain Muslim immigration into the west.

We the people respectfully disagree. 

Update:

The Herald reports just now that 10 people were injured in Germany today following a blast in or near a wine bar caused by a suicide bomber wearing a backpack.  This brings the total number of jihadist attacks in Germany committed by Muslim migrants or their children in the last week to four.  

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Four ways for France - which one will they choose?

Today the BBC reported that French PM Manuel Valls was booed as he attended a minute’s silence for the 84 people killed in Nice.  Apparently this is unprecedented in French politics. Clearly people are moving beyond shock, flowers and teddy bears as a response to violent jihad, and expressing their anger at politicians whose only response is to say ‘get used to it’. 



But will the French just ‘get used to it’ and begin to treat ‘death by jihad’ the same way they treat death by motor accident, or misadventure at sea?  Somehow I doubt it.  I see four possible outcomes for France.

 It will all come right in the end.

There are those who remain convinced that all of this present violence and mayhem will eventually cease as a result of three things.  First the defeat of ISIS in Syria and Iraq over the next two to three years, second as Muslims in France continue to be secularized by the pull of western materialism, and third as security and intelligence services capture those whose intention is to do harm.

This is the scenario presently being backed by western politicians, not only in France but throughout the world. This is why French PM Valls is telling the people of France, they will just need to ‘get used to’ acts of violent jihad until this madness passes.  Whether these politicians actually believe this is moot.  They have so much political capital invested in their present immigration and open borders strategy that a reversal of policy would amount to an acknowledgement of failure on a scale they refuse to contemplate.

If that were not reason enough, I believe they also lack the courage to dial back on Muslim immigration and deport those Imam’s who preach hatred, and the angry young men who have chosen to follow them.

I rate the probability of this scenario coming to pass as low.

France will become a majority Muslim nation

This is the narrative of the recent French novel ‘Submission’ – that quietly beginning with the political and educational elite, the French will convert to Islam and the problem with violent jihad will recede into the background as the aims of Islamic conquest are fulfilled.

While it is possible, as long as the slaughter continues on the streets of France, in their café’s, sports stadiums and entertainment centers, I rate this probability as low.

Civil war followed by chaos

Following the recent slaughter in Nice, I have no doubt there are many angry young Frenchmen who are contemplating a violent response towards the Muslim community.  This might initially take the form of Mosque burning, or active confrontation at public gatherings, or suburbs with a high concentration of Muslim residents.

While many may contemplate such action, like the jihadists themselves, there are thankfully far fewer who are willing to turn their thoughts into deeds. If the slaughter continues, there will however be some who take this action.

These people will not be organized on a national scale, be few in number, and relatively easy for French security forces to identify and deal with.  Somewhat ironically, the power of the State will be used against those whose intention is to protect it and the traditional French way of life, albeit violently and outside the rule of law.

I rate the probability of such events as being ‘medium’ but in all likelihood the perpetrators will be crushed by the State, and the status quo restored.

The election of anti-immigration, anti-Islam political parties

The one thing that the current political elite fear more than innocent blood on the streets, is the rise of conservative anti-immigration, anti-Islamic parties.  It is well understood that President Hollande of France received 93% of the Muslim vote at the last presidential elections.  Somewhat cynically it is another reason for his ‘do nothing’ approach to violent Islamic jihad at home.

Marine Le Pen is the leader of the ‘Front National’ an anti-immigration and anti-Islam party that has gained significant momentum over recent years.  This according to the Guardian is a result of ‘the cowardice of the French ruling elite’.  Well, maybe so but in any event the eventual election of the Front National in France, and Geert Wilders anti-Islam party in Holland are becoming a much more certain prospect.

If the jihad continues unabated in France, and everything including the comments from PM Valls suggests it will, then I suspect the election of anti-immigration parties will be the most probable outcome.

At the very least, this scenario will result in the closure of Mosques that preach a radical form of Islam, the expulsion of their Imam’s, and the deportation of those Muslims who express a desire for jihad.  This will involve a loss of civil rights for many in France’s Muslim communities, however this, along with dialing back immigration from Muslim countries is what I believe would be the ‘least worst outcome’ for France and for the majority of its Muslims. 

There is no guarantee the Government would stop at these measures, and depending upon the reaction of the Muslim community, we may see the civil war I outlined in option (3).  The difference being under this scenario is that the power of the State would be used against the Muslim community, and not against those who sought to attack it.

Conclusion

The problem of violent jihad in France will not simply sort itself out and ‘come right in the end’.  The comments of PM Valls confirm this.  The public is running out of patience and I doubt they are willing to wait the two years or more it will take to defeat the Islamic State.  Even then we must not forget that such violence pre-dates ISIS.  New York’s 9/11, London’s 7/7, the Bali bombings, and many other acts of violent jihad in the west, all predate the formation of ISIS.  Destroying this terrorist organization may give the impression that the west is fighting radical Islam, but it will accomplish little or nothing with respect to solving the problem of domestic jihad.

France will not become a majority Muslim nation through conversion. Demographic change will continue to push it in that direction, but I predict there will be an indigenous response long before that takes place.   

The development of a new ‘French Resistance’ movement designed to destroy Mosques and push back against Islam in France is destined to fail before it starts.  No Government can allow a competing militia to abrogate the rule of law unchallenged.

This just leaves the most likely scenario being the rise of anti-immigration, anti-Muslim parties to political power in the near to medium term.  Just what this will look like is anyone’s guess, but it will not mean ‘business as usual’ for Islamic jihad, or the Muslim community in France. 

If the Muslim leadership had any sense of self-preservation they would do more to combat the radicalization of their youth, and the preaching of hatred against the infidel in their Mosques.  Unfortunately, their predisposition towards the narrative of victimhood prevents them from taking these steps.  If you listen to leading Muslims, everyone else but the Muslim community is to blame for jihadist violence.

This won’t end well for France, but there are least worse options that Politicians could begin to apply now, starting with the halting of further Muslim immigration, the closure of radical Mosques, deportation of their Imam’s and those Muslims whose desire is for jihad. The present crop of political elite in France and elsewhere doesn’t yet appear to have the stomach for it.

It is inevitable that in the face of public pressure, this will change.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Does France have the will to resist?

As the blood of France’s most recent victims of Islamic jihad is being washed off the streets of Nice the country’s political leadership appears ‘missing in action’.  “France must get used to terrorism” was the best response French PM Manuel Valls could muster following the most recent attacks that left 84 dead in Nice and many more injured.

Despite President Hollande declaring “France is at war” following the slaughter of more than 130 civilians in Paris last November, he is yet to acknowledge where the enemy resides.  Publically at least, he appears to believe all combatants are based in Syria and Iraq.  He is unwilling to acknowledge that there are thousands, if not tens of thousands of young Muslim men within the civilian population who hate France, many of whom are potential jihadists.

How did France get into this situation, and are we witnessing the early stages of a civil war?  A war that presently only one side is willing to engage in?


This week Patrick Calvar, the head of France's General Directorate for Internal Security, warned that his country is 'on the verge of civil war' because of growing tensions between Muslim communities and the hard Right, represented by Marine Le Pen's insurgent National Front Party.

In remarkably frank language to a French Parliamentary commission, Mr Calvar said that a serious incident could 'light the powder, transforming France into an uncontrollable country, where groups take up arms and hand out their own justice'.

Leo McKinstry is a Brit who has lived in France for over a decade, has this to say in the Daily Mail.

“Bastille Day is meant to be a moment of celebration in France. But when my wife and I had dinner on Thursday evening with neighbours near our French home in the Loire region, we encountered visceral despair about the state of the Gallic nation. The company was charming, the hospitality magnificent, yet parts of the conversation were profoundly sombre. This was hours before the news of the Islamist atrocity in Nice emerged, but our friends' concern for France's future was palpable. Mass immigration, the relentless growth of the Muslim population, the alarming spread of jihadism and the enfeebled stance of President Hollande's socialist government had left them with a feeling that their country is increasingly under siege.”

More than a decade ago, long before we moved to the Loire region, my wife and I bought a 19th-century house in the heart of Carpentras, a Provencal market town with a population of 30,000, little more than a two-hour drive north of Nice. The place had a rich history stretching back many centuries, the architectural legacy of which included a triumphal Roman arch and a magnificent gothic cathedral.

Our new home needed a lot of work, but the task seemed worth it because we could spend part of the year enjoying life in southern France. And at first our times in Carpentras seemed idyllic, wandering through market squares or sitting in a cafe under a cloudless blue sky.

But gradually, shadows began to creep across our retreat. What we had thought was a classic Provencal existence turned out to be something very different. Over the years, Carpentras underwent a dramatic change as the Muslim population grew and the town became ever more Islamified. Although ethnic monitoring is illegal in France because it is seen as divisive and offends the concept of Gallic solidarity, it has been conservatively estimated there are at least 13,000 Muslims in the town, making up more than 40 per cent of the population. Some have put the figure as high as 60 per cent. Two mosques, one of them a massive new block, have been established to meet the changing religious demographic. Inexorably, the streets were becoming filled with figures in Islamic dress, along with halal butchers and kebab shops.

In response to this transformation, the owner of the internet cafe opposite our house grew increasingly fervent in his support for the National Front, putting up large posters for Jean-Marie Le Pen in his windows, which were regularly smashed. Throughout all this, we could sense that the gentleness of Provence, scented by grapes, lavender and sunflowers, was giving way to a mood of suspicion and latent threat.

One night I woke up to the smell of acrid smoke in the air. Looking out from my bedroom window, I saw to my astonishment that five cars had been set on fire in our street. On another occasion, while out in the countryside with my wife, I was menaced by a Muslim armed with scythe. When, slightly shaken, I told this to a neighbour, who was a French army veteran, he recounted how a local Muslim had one day threatened to slit his throat. Let's be absolutely clear: most of the Muslim population were thoroughly decent people who wanted nothing more than to live their lives in harmony with other peaceful French people.

That said, the religious and racial tension in Carpentras was palpable in everyday life. Carpentras has the oldest synagogue in France, and the town's Jewish roots were another source of this tension. My wife and I went one night to a choral concert at the town hall by a renowned Israeli choir, but because of Islamist threats of violence, security was as tight as it might have been for a visiting foreign leader, complete with guard dogs and armed troops. It was partly because of the death of our Provencal dream that we sold our Carpentras house three years ago and moved further north.

Many commentators talk grandly of Isis and jihadism as if they were foreign problems that can be dealt with by military action in the Middle East. But the reality is that Islamic extremism in France is largely home-grown. Incredibly, more than 60 per cent of the French prison population is estimated to be Muslim, with the result that jails are now serving as a breeding ground for radicalisation.”


Even the political correct BBC is beginning to talk openly about the rise of jihadism in France:

“The French Riviera is a renowned playground for the cosmopolitan elite, but what is less well-known is that it is also a breeding ground for jihadists.

Move a mile or two from the Nice coastline and its marinas, and you find bleak housing estates where disaffected youths of immigrant origin are vulnerable to radical Islam. In recent years, 55 people are estimated to have left the region for Syria, including 11 members of the same family travelling together in 2014.
In terms of reported cases of radicalisation, the Alpes-Maritimes area is second only to the notorious "93" district north of Paris.

Kamel, a youth worker in the Nice area, says one of the reasons for the recent success of the Salafist ideology that has inspired jihad, is that it provides a ready and easy way of justifying the actions of petty criminals. "The kids are told that they are in a land of unbelievers, so when they steal and attack people it is justifiable; the petty criminal is turned into a holy warrior, and is promised status, sexual gratification and eternal life."

Boubekeur Bakri, an imam from the same area, says he became worried about the rise of extremism as early as 2010. By December 2014 he gathered local officials and Muslim leaders in his mosque to sound the alarm. Three weeks later the attacks against Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket confirmed his fears about home-grown jihadists. He calls radicalism an "open wound" for the Muslim community.

The problem, he says, is that having 40% unemployment "lowers the immunity" of marginalised communities, allowing "microbes" to spread. Another reason for the prevalence of jihadist ideas in parts of the Riviera hinterland has been the presence of good recruiters. Omar Diaby, a criminal from Nice also known as Omar Oumsen, is believed to have sent about 40 local youths to Syria before settling there himself three years ago.”

Read the full article here:

In yet another article from the BBC:

Through the last 18 months of jihadist terror in France, a simple pattern is emerging: it keeps getting worse. If the January 2015 attacks were aimed at specific groups - Jews and blasphemers - the November follow-up was more indiscriminate. At the Bataclan and at the cafes the Islamists killed young adults, out being European hedonists. This time, it's gone a step further. In Nice, it is the people at large - families and groups of friends - doing nothing more provocative than attending a national celebration. Ten children were among the dead. So what's next?

As the government contemplates its response to the atrocity, one thing is absolutely apparent. The most comprehensive security set-up in the world will not stop the kind of attack that took place on Thursday. The danger today is no longer webs of intrigue stemming from the Middle East like the Bataclan, with months of planning, smuggled immigrants and secret flows of cash. Today, the danger is the guy next door.

It is your neighbourhood terrorist.

But when a car or a kitchen-knife is a weapon, and when a potential victim is you or me, then there is no stopping the assassin. Which is why the most gloomy prognostications are probably correct. What we have seen up till now is not as bad as what is to come. The next stage in the descent is one that few will talk about - but which is certainly in the minds of both jihadists and government. This is the moment when the attacks become so outrageous they provoke a backlash. A mosque is burned to the ground. Some white youths go on a rampage through a banlieue (suburb).

This is what IS desperately wants to happen, of course, because France could then be on course for a truly bloody civil conflict. The head of France's DGSI internal intelligence service gave just such a warning in recent testimony to a parliamentary committee. The greatest danger, warned Patrick Calvar in May, was that one or two further attacks triggered violence from far-right groups which - he said - were increasingly preparing for the eventuality. "Then what you will have is confrontation between the far right and the Muslim world. Not with Islamists, let me be clear. With the Muslim world."

In other words, the pattern continues. It will get worse.”


And finally an article from the Gatestone Institute on the same subject:

France is the main target of repeated Islamist attacks; the more important Islamist terrorist bloodbaths took place at the magazine Charlie Hebdo and the Hypercacher supermarket of Vincennes (2015); the Bataclan Theater, its nearby restaurants and the Stade de France stadium, (2015); the failed attack on the Thalys train; the beheading of Hervé Cornara (2015); the assassination of two policemen in Magnanville in June (2016), and now the truck-ramming in Nice, on the day commemorating the French Revolution of 1789.

Most of those attacks were committed by French Muslims: citizens on their way back from Syria (the Kouachi brothers at Charlie Hebdo), or by French Islamists (Larossi Abballa who killed a police family in Magnanville in June 2016) who later claimed their allegiance to Islamic State (ISIS). The truck killer in Nice was Tunisian but married to a French woman, whith whom he had three children together, and lived quietly in Nice until he decided to murder more than 80 people and wound dozens more.

After each of these tragic episodes President François Hollande refused to name the enemy, refused to name Islamism -- and especially refused to name French Islamists -- as the enemy of French citizens. For Hollande, the enemy is an abstraction: "terrorism" or "fanatics". Even when the president does dare to name "Islamism" the enemy, he refuses to say he will close all Salafist mosques, prohibit the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist organizations in France, or ban veils for women in the street and at university. No, instead, the French president reaffirms his determination for military actions abroad: "We are going to reinforce our actions in Syria and Iraq," the president said after the Nice attack.
For France's president, the deployment of soldiers in the homeland is for defensive actions only: a deterrent policy, not an offensive rearmament of the Republic against an internal enemy.

So confronted with this failure by our elite -- who were elected to guide the country through national and international dangers -- how astonishing is it if paramilitary groups are organizing themselves to retaliate?”

Read the entire article here:

All of this makes depressing reading.  That a country like France would allow itself to become host to a large Muslim population that includes a significant minority who refuse to integrate, and still others committed to violent jihad is appalling.  That their leadership is willing to capitulate in the face of home grown terrorism is nothing less than a betrayal of western civilization in the face of militant Islamic barbarism.  

The question is not whether France can avoid bloodshed, it is already experiencing bloodshed, the question is whether France has the will to resist.