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FRANCE'S '9/11' IN PARIS

Clash of civilizations rocks Paris

Nearly 4 million gathered at anti-terrorism rally throughout France on January 11, 2015

 France is reeling and trying to come to grips with an Islamist terror attack that has rocked it to its very core. The cold-blooded killers who shot dead two policemen and then systematically executed the ten caricaturists and editors of the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly not only committed a massacre, but also dealt a severe blow to the very foundations of the French republic. It would appear to be on a lesser scale of the '9/11' atrocity that shocked America and the world more than thirteen years ago. The writing was on the wall, written in blood, for President Francois Hollande and the French government, after French Jihadists repeatedly attacked Jews in France and Brussels. However these were passed off as isolated incidents or carried out by 'deranged' individuals. But now the Jihadists have perpetrated a carefully planned slaughter that has wiped out a French magazine because it dared to lampoon the prophet Mohammed. In fleeing the scene, one of the killers casually walked up to a wounded policeman lying on the sidewalk and calmly shot him in the head. He then walked to the get away car and shouted:

 'Allah is great', and 'We have avenged the prophet Mohammed!'


The people of France are taking to the streets to defend their secular democracy. Hollande and the French authorities may now come to their senses and realize they must mount the barricades and crack down on the Jihadists among the five million Muslims in France today. In so doing, they will have to confront the dilemma facing a democratic society in coping with Islamic terrorists - how to combat the ruthless killers without encroaching on the civil rights of the majority of law abiding Muslims? 

Muslims suffer most from the fanatical Jihadists. But Muslims everywhere do have the responsibility of not only condemning, but also actively joining the war against the Jihadists, and thereby choosing which side they are on in the 'Clash of Civilizations'.

 

 Make no mistake this is 'The Clash of Civilizations' that has exploded so dramatically in the French Republic. It is the forerunner in Europe of the atrocities being perpetrated by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. That is not to say that Islam is inherently genocidal, that of course is rubbish. First and foremost, Muslims suffer most from the fanatical Jihadists. But Muslims everywhere do have the responsibility of not only condemning, but also actively joining the war against the Jihadists, and thereby choosing which side they are on in the 'Clash of Civilizations'.


Samuel Huntington, who developed the 'Clash of Civilizations Theory’, drew upon the observations of two notable experts. Huntington wrote:

Samuel Huntington (© World Economic Forum-Photo by Peter Lauth)

 ‘On both sides, the interaction between Islam and the West is seen as a clash of civilizations. The West's "next confrontation" observes M.J. Akbar, an Indian Muslim author, "is definitely going to come from the Muslim world. It is in the sweep of the Islamic nations from the Maghreb to Pakistan that the struggle for a new world order will begin."’

 

 


Bernard Lewis comes to a similar conclusion:

Bernard Lewis (photo credit: Princeton University. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

 “We are facing a mood and a movement far transcending the level of issues and policies, and the governments that pursue them. This is no less than a clash of civilizations - the perhaps irrational, but surely historic reaction of an ancient rival against our Judeo- Christian heritage, our secular present, and the world-wide expansion of both.”


And the French authorities now face a new nightmare. The two suspected terrorists who carried out the Charlie Hebdo outrage had combat experience fighting in Syria. This explains their efficiency. French officials estimate that some 1,000 French nationals are fighting in the ranks of Islamic State. What happens when they return to France after their genocidal brainwashing?


 Moderate European governments must act forcefully...

The two suspected terrorists who carried out the Charlie Hebdo outrage had combat experience fighting in Syria. This explains their efficiency.

 

 Conclusion: The governments of Europe, most notably Britain, Germany, and most certainly France, must face up to reality and act forcefully, otherwise the radical Right will gain popularity and gain supporters among moderates, who are not racists, but simply want to preserve their heritage and suppress Islamist violence before it's too late.


 'Stop giving Palestinians a pass'

French President François Hollande (credit: Journées de Nantes 2012-by Jean-Marc Ayrault)

 Turning a cold shoulder to Israel, France voted recently for the highly controversial pro-Palestinian resolution in the UN Security Council. Yet, that cut no ice with the Islamist terrorists in Paris. So, if French President Hollande was trying to cozy up to Muslims in France, his UN move has backfired. In fact, two days before the terrorist raid, former U.S. diplomat Dennis Ross, who probably knows more about Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that anyone else on the planet, wrote a scathing article in the New York Times, castigating Hollande and other European leaders by telling them: 'Stop Giving Palestinians a Pass'. 


 Ross made the point that most of the Europeans side with the Palestinians by pressuring Israel, but never calling on the Palestinians to compromise. He noted that since the year 2000 there have been at least three separate and serious negotiations that culminated in offers to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

  1. Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Barak said yes to U.S. President Bill Clinton's parameters in 2000, but Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat simply left Camp David without even responding.
  1. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's offer to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2008, that again offered a Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza in return for minor land swaps and security arrangements for Israel. This time it was the turn of Abbas to keep mum.
  1. Last year U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chaired fresh talks between Abbas and Israeli representative Tzipi Livni, but again Abbas walked out.
Dennis Ross concludes that by backing Palestinian gambits at the UN, Hollande and some other European leaders agree to pressure Israel but require nothing of the Palestinians.

 

 Dennis Ross could have also noted the Roadmap initiated by President George W. Bush in 2003 that also envisaged the founding of a Palestinian state. However, the Palestinians never even got past the first stage that called for a total halt to terrorism. Come to think of it, even hard-liner Binyamin Netanyahu announced a unilateral ten-month freeze on Israeli settlement building, which Abbas totally ignored by refusing to come to the table.


Dennis Ross (credit: Nrbelex - CC BY-SA Wikimedia Commons)

 In any case, Dennis Ross concludes that by backing Palestinian gambits at the UN, Hollande and some other European leaders agree to pressure Israel but require nothing of the Palestinians. (It should be noted that Britain's David Cameron abstained in the controversial UN resolution that was rejected. I daresay German Chancellor Angela Merkel would have done the same). As we noted in our last report, Dennis Ross also concluded that European support for Palestinian diplomatic warfare will induce some Israeli voters to say:

  'The deck is stacked against Israel and that the country needs leaders who will stand firm against unfair pressure'.


 Netanyahu plays his strong card...

'Does anyone really expect that Tzipi and Buji (Herzog) will be able to stand up to Hamas, or Hezbollah, or ISIS? They would not be able to weather these pressures for even one minute!'


 In kicking off the Likud election campaign, the Prime Minister did just that. In presenting his Knesset list to a cheering crowd, Netanyahu asked mockingly:

 'Does anyone really expect that Tzipi and Buji (Herzog) will be able to stand up to Hamas, or Hezbollah, or ISIS? They would not be able to weather these pressures for even one minute!'


 (By the way, in Israel Labor party leader Yitzhak Herzog is known by his nickname ‘Buji’, while Tzipi stands for Tzipora, and Bibi for Binyamin). 

 

 As expected, Netanyahu has been hammering his experience in foreign affairs and defense gained by nine years as prime minister. Herzog has no similar experience and this is obviously a soft spot in his campaign. On this score, Livni has served as foreign minister, with a lot of experience negotiating with the Palestinians. But Herzog is party leader and candidate for prime minister for the first two years. In a rotation deal, Livni would replace him for the second half of the four-year term, if Labor forms the next cabinet. It is also obvious that they need a top military general on their ticket, but there do not seem to be any available candidates. Retired Gen. Amos Yadlin, a fighter pilot, who bombed Sadam Hussein’s nuclear reactor in 1981, is a highly respected strategist who might fit the bill.






 

 David Essing

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