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Lessons from Paris

Nov 16, 2015

So France is now sending war planes into Syria to go after IS. Good. But why was this not done many months ago? Why did it have to wait for so many more of its own innocent citizens to be slaughtered before finally waking up and doing its duty?

Western leaders seem as clueless and brainless about Islam and terrorism as so many of our media elites and commentators who have said just about every idiotic thing imaginable after the Paris attacks. The insanity that passes for intelligent commentary on the events of Friday the 13th are beyond a parody.

paris nov 5That people presumably still with a functioning brain can utter such bizarre and idiotic nonsense is a cause of extreme wonderment and concern. This is why we are losing the war against terror. This is why the West is in such awful shape. Consider a few of the many gems that have been offered in the past few days:

-US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders waxed really eloquent, claiming it is climate change that causes terrorism (yes he actually suggested that).

-Former Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the creation of the Jewish state was the cause of the Paris terror attacks. Well, of course.

-Over at the uber-leftist Salon, we find mind-numbing headlines such as this: “Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves”.

-A local Queensland paper actually said this: “It is important to note these attacks were carried out by terrorists, not Muslims.”

-A leftist ABC “comic” offered this helpful tweet on how to deal with the terrorists: “Australia would send a better message to the world if we just hung Pauline Hanson from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. — Adam Hills”

-Finally, this from the winner of the Tool of the Year award: “More people are killed by emu export [sic] each year than terrorists.”

I kid you not folks. You just cannot make this sort of stuff up. If you want to know why the terrorists are winning all over the globe, and especially in the West, you simply have to be aware that people like this actually exist, and they actually “think” this way.

And then we have all the nice little gestures that may make Westerners feel good, but will do zero for stopping the Allahu akbar brigade from doing their thing. Lighting up the Sydney Opera House in blue, white and red may make us all feel good, but will not stop the religion of peace from its goal of global domination.

The first thing we must do in a time of war is to start thinking straight. Also high up on the list is the ability to carefully and precisely identify the enemy. Neither of these necessities seem to be found among our ruling elites and our clueless commentariat.

Thankfully however there are a few voices of sanity still out there who are offering some level-headed commentary and directions for the way forward. One expert on Islam, Raymond Ibrahim, offers various lessons from the attack, such as this:

“Islam’s unwavering Rule of Numbers, which holds that, wherever and whenever Muslims grow in numbers – and they make for an increasingly growing minority in France – the same acts of ‘anti-infidel’ violence that are endemic to the Islamic world grow with them.”

But he says there is an even more important lesson to be learned:

The grand lesson is that such attacks must and will continue to multiply in severity. Why? Because Western nations, their leaders and media talking heads continue to be shocked and dismayed. As Judith Berman writes for the Gatestone Institute today:
“One of the most surprising aspects of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night is how ‘deeply shocked’ members of the European political establishment appeared to be. Angela Merkel, David Cameron and the Pope all expressed their condolences – and ‘deep shock’ – at the well-coordinated, citywide terror attacks in six different places across Paris…”
Even “NBA players express shock, sympathy over Paris terrorist tragedy.” What is truly shocking is that so many are still shocked. When someone is shocked, they are essentially saying they have no idea how a specific event, in this case yesterday’s Paris attack, came to pass.
In turn, this means that all the factors that led up to such terrorist attacks – from an already large Muslim presence further engorged with more Muslim migrants, to an inability to speak honestly about Islam’s supremacist and violent teachings – will continue unabated. And that means many more such attacks and worse will continue. Count on it.

Yes quite so. Those who fail to learn from history will simply keep repeating its mistakes. One would have thought that 1400 years of Islamic imperialism and expansionism should have taught us something. Apparently not. Middle East expert Daniel Pipes concurs:

The murder of some 127 innocents in Paris by a jihadi gang on Friday has again shocked the French and led to another round of solidarity, soul searching, and anger. In the end, however, Islamist violence against Westerners boils down to two questions: How much will this latest atrocity turn public opinion? And how much will it further spur the Establishment to deny reality?
As these questions suggest, the people and the professionals are moving in opposite directions, the former to the right, the latter to the left. In the end, this clash much reduces the impact of such events on policy. Public opinion moves against Islamists specifically and Islam more generally when the number of deaths are large enough….
But when it comes to the Establishment – politicians, the police, the press, and the professors – the unrelenting violence has a contrary effect. Those charged with interpreting the attacks live in a bubble of public denial (what they say privately is another matter) in which they feel compelled to pretend that Islam has no role in the violence, out of concern that to recognize it would cause even more problems.

Former US Ambassador John Bolton offers four lessons from this atrocity. Let me offer one of them:

Second, we should not view the appropriate American and Western response as “bringing these terrorists to justice,” in President Obama’s words. This is not a matter for the criminal law, as many American political and academic leaders, including the President, have insisted, even after the September 11, 2001, attacks.
This is a war, as President Hollande has forthrightly called it, not a slightly enhanced version of thieves knocking over the corner grocery store within an ordered civil society. And the mechanism of response must be to destroy the source of the threat, not prosecute it, not contain it, not hope that we will “ultimately” destroy it. “Ultimately” is too far away.

Finally, a bit of the bigger picture from historian Niall Ferguson:

Like the Roman Empire in the early 5th century, Europe has allowed its defences to crumble. As its wealth has grown, so its military prowess has shrunk, along with its self-belief. It has grown decadent in its malls and stadiums. At the same time, it has opened its gates to outsiders who have coveted its wealth without renouncing their ancestral faith. The distant shock to this weakened edifice has been the Syrian civil war, though it has been a catalyst as much as a direct cause for the great Volkerwanderung of 2015.
As before, they have come from all over the imperial periphery – North Africa, the Levant, South Asia – but this time they have come in their millions, not in mere tens of thousands. To be sure, most have come hoping only for a better life. Things in their own countries have become just good enough economically for them to afford to leave and just bad enough politically for them to risk leaving.
But they cannot stream northwards and westwards without some of that political malaise coming with them. As Gibbon saw, convinced monotheists pose a grave threat to a secular empire. It is doubtless true to say that the overwhelming majority of Muslims in Europe are not violent. But it is also true the majority hold views not easily reconciled with the principles of our liberal democracies.

He concludes:

I do know that 21st-century Europe has itself to blame for the mess it is now in. Surely, nowhere in the world has devoted more resources to the study of history than modern Europe did.
When I went up to Oxford more than 30 years ago, it was taken for granted that in the first term I would study Gibbon. It did no good. We learnt a lot of nonsense to the effect that nationalism was a bad thing, nation states worse and empires the worst things of all.
“Romans before the fall,” wrote Ward-Perkins, “were as certain as we are today that their world would continue forever substantially unchanged. They were wrong. We would be wise not to repeat their complacency.” Poor, poor Paris. Killed by complacency.

Yes complacency. And political correctness. And a refusal to face reality and learn from the past. And national self-loathing. And cowardliness. And appeasement. And false notions of tolerance. The list goes on. Given the overwhelming malaise the West is in, the only question to ask is this: which city will be next to have blood flowing on the street, with the jihadists growing in strength and confidence?

www.raymondibrahim.com/islam/shock-the-grand-lesson-of-the-paris-jihad/
townhall.com/columnists/danielpipes/2015/11/15/why-the-paris-massacre-will-have-limited-impact-n2081154
www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/11/14/paris-attacks-important-lessons-must-heed-from-french-tragedy.html?intcmp=hpbt1
www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/paris-attacks-fall-of-rome-should-be-a-warning-to-the-west/story-e6frg6zo-1227609985667

 

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13 Responses to Lessons from Paris

  • “Outrage!”

    Terrorism coerces people into cowardice. Another successful operation.

  • 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

    4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

    6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

    8 All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.

    9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

    13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

    14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

    There we have it folks, the last word on the matter !

  • Bill, the liberalist media has achieved to create massive degree of stupidity in the minds of Western people, so that they became incapable to even assess the situation and recognise the enemy who is killing them in front of their very eyes. THIS is what annoys me most! Watch how the BBC portrays the response of Parisians to the terrorist attack:

    www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34828913

  • In prior wars, WWII for example, Australia, like other nations sent young men off to do battle. Nearly 1,000,000 Aussies went to fight, and nearly 6,000,000 stayed home, doing everything possible to support the troops out there on the battle front. Except for a relative very few conscious objectors (and a few unionists), the support for our blokes over there was monumental. Aussies at home tightened their belts and all that they could to support our troops.

    Why are we expected to believe that islam is any different to that? Like our blokes in WWII, the actual muslim fighters are relatively few, but their support is almost universal, amongst muslims. There are the rare genuine muslim objectors.

    I’m totally fed up with being told that it’s only a “small radical element”. In reality there’s only a “small radical element” who actually are peace loving, and genuinely against the terrorism so prevalent.

    During WWII those at home were just as much at war with Japan and Germany as the troops on the front line. The muslims at home are equally just as much at war with the West as the terrorists out there doing all the terror.

  • Another mass murder by people chanting “Alahu Akbar” is not enough to wake our authorities up to the threat of Islamic terrorism. I shudder to think what would be required to wake our politicians. There’s a group of ordinary citizens who have woken up to the threat, unfortunately they’re too obscene to quote.

  • Bill and everyone else, I found this YT clip tonight in which Muslims openly admit that they are right, admit the punishment for apostasy is death, admit there is no other belief, admit all the things people who read this site know!

    Extreme Islam is Islam, according to Islam.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrx6FL_0iCI&feature=youtu.be

    Pass along to others especially Adam Hill!

  • There is talk of closing the borders from refugees. They better close their border with Belgium a lot quicker.
    While I am glad they didnt. For a reprisal it would have made more sense to bomb Brussels than Syria, both at least. It’s a bit hard to bomb their own country though. I think they are confused about who did the shootings?
    I am only going on what I heard on the news that 5 Belgium nationals 2 French nationals and 1 person holding a Syrian passport was responsible.
    Its nice to see the different response now that they target real French people instead of just the Jews who had french passports and lived there for hundreds of years and looked like french people.
    Its war now! nice to see the importance a Jew holds in France.
    So planes dropped 10 bombs on Syria. I am sure I would say differently if I was under one, but it seems so impotent?

  • Absolutely BRILLIANT Chris, the video link

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrx6FL_0iCI&feature=youtu.be

    From the translation it seems to come from Norway although English it the common language used. You would expect Norwegian Muslims to be pretty typical of muslims throughout continental Europe.

    Thank you, I will share far and wide. It is well worth waiting to the very closing remark. A perfect climax closing sentence !

  • Some one sent me this, I don’t know where it has come from but it may ring some bells and connect some dots …

    “Here is an excellent post that ALL people should read. This fellow is an Historian who offers an accurate assessment of the root of the problem the world faces today and likely well into the future.

    Syria has had a civil war for almost 5 YEARS.

    Why all the “refugees” NOW, and why so all of a SUDDEN and why in such VAST NUMBERS?

    With an Honors degree in History and a lifelong student of the subject, I smell a rat.

    This is a highly organized, well oiled, mobilized invasion of Muslims and Jihadists into the Western World. It’s been in their plan for a long time. Momar Gadhafi predicted, and explicitly stated, that Muslim domination of Europe would happen without a conventional war – and he said it 30 years ago.

    95% of these economic “refugees” (many who have cell phones) are men between the fighting ages of 20 and 40. Very few are women and children, from everything I’ve seen.

    It’s so odd that the 5 wealthiest Arab States, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, are taking “no refugees” thanks and feel quite self righteous about it. No guilt what so ever? They are even laughing at us.

    Ask yourself: why would Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Sweden and others want to destroy their own cultures from within? It doesn’t make any sense!

    If this keeps up, Europe will be burning daily within a very short few years, if not months. Civil war in the streets between civilizations. Muslims vs Kefirs – that is to say, everyone who is not a Muslim.

    Unfortunately, the reality is that Muslims are just not like any other immigrants. They don’t want to assimilate; they want to set up separate enclaves and implement Sharia Law.

    Another problem is that while the civilized West rightly abhors violence, conversely Muslims daily display their love of violence. They live it and embrace it. In many Muslim countries are public be-headings and stoning to death for adultery, for example. It’s a part of their culture, precisely because Islam is – dare I say it – a death cult.

    Islam is a supremacist, totalitarian, bigoted, fascist political ideology masquerading as a religion. It literally means “submission”. The Quran MANDATES death for blasphemy, for adultery, for apostasy, for family honor, for being gay, Jewish or a Kafer, as well as ten other “crimes” many of which are not even considered to be so in the West. Death for drinking alcohol or taking illegal drugs, for example.

    Why let in vast numbers of these brainwashed people, especially men of that age, when past experience has already demonstrated the tragedy, not to mention the financial, social, and political costs of rampant multiculturalism in Europe. Ordinary citizens are against this immigration but strangely, their governments are not!

    Someone or some organization pulling some strings here is what I see. Is this invasion part of the New World Order’s plan to depopulate the planet? Maybe there’s not even any such an organization, but it’s all over U-tube and other social media.

    The major media are implicit in selling gullible citizens of the West the righteousness of the “refugees” cause and openly siding against Western culture. One drowned child’s [faked] picture in the right places sparks outrage and sympathy world wide for the movement and resettlement of vast numbers of Muslims.

    However the implementation of Sharia Law, No Go Zone ghettos in most countries in Europe and Muslim rape gangs go unreported.

    In radical Islamist countries, honor killings, be-headings, stonings, cutting off limbs, whipping and torture, paedophilia, child bride marriages, rape and misogyny go unreported DAILY and are dismissed as culturally ingrained.

    Where is the indignity and the outrage over people doing this every day to their own populations?

    Yet a staged picture a drowned baby on a beach sparks a world outcry because his father placed him in a dangerous situation?

    Muslim birthrates are 8 children per family, while Europeans average 1.4.

    When these current millions bring in their multiple wives, children and extended families (85% of whom live on state benefits – England’s experience), you can multiply their number by at least 10x, maybe 20x or even more.

    By 2050, Europe will be Muslim dominated just by demographics alone.

    When their numbers are sufficient, they will legally vote in their own kind and then Sharia Law.

    Europe as we know it is lost forever. Two thousand years of civilization destroyed by the same fanatical bearded, bigoted, brutal, belligerent …… who are now slaughtering their own kind and blowing up ancient and irreplaceable world heritage buildings, monuments, books, manuscripts and other historically significant art treasures in Iraq, Syria and other conquered territories.”

  • Don’t worry, Bill. It’s back to reality in a few weeks: the “Climate Change” circus is coming to Paris.

  • Good article Bill, and good quotes, thanks. One can only hope that one day, eventually, the West will finally wake up to itself and do what has to be done to shut this mob down – and it won’t be pretty. By the time the West gets around to realising that it now has no choice but to act with a strong hand, the Islamists will be that much stronger and a real force to be dealt with (as if they are not already). How many more innocents will have to die before the West will act? And what this really means for civilians will be ever greater surveillance and personal restrictions. ‘1984’ is on its way. Very troubled times ahead indeed. 🙁

  • Bill
    Today we have a sad example of why the West is going to lose, attached is a link showing a Paris father telling his young son why the Islamic terrorists will not win “because we have flowers and love and that will combat the guns”….utter and complete madness! total insanity ! I wonder if the Yazidi kurds feel the same? throw flowers perhaps at ISIS while being shot at? or perhaps we can arm the French jets with giant bundles of flowers instead of Bombs, laser guided rockets and cannon?. I am gob smacked! and this has garnered 10 MILLION views!

    Its not the gun that is evil, it only a tool, its the person who is behind it, it like any tool can be used for good or bad, perhaps the Police should also be armed with flowers as well ?, I am being slightly tongue in cheek, but I do know children have a great capacity for being told the truth without long explanations, do adult men of today shy away from being honest and truthful?

    www.9news.com.au/world/2015/11/18/04/15/they-have-guns-but-we-have-flowers

    How depressing that the Western leaders have no spine, now there is new of a Ambulance loaded with semtex to be used as a truck bomb in Germany, wonder how Angela Merkel plays that ?…..oh its just the religion of peace again.
    God bless
    Chris

  • Dear Bill,

    I am a friend (a disabled person) of your friend, Daniel Lo, residing in Perth. I attended your talk last night on The Need for Watchmen. I enjoyed listening to you thoroughly.

    I would have loved to shake hands with you last night however, the steps on the aisle was too challenging for me. I hope to meet you in person, someday!

    Take care, Janet Puah

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