I really do love Paris. I am planning a trip there right now having spent two weeks there just recently. I have been going there for many years. I speak a couple of words of French but find it is easy to get by with English. Unlike what some suggest, I have found the people of Paris to be quite warm and friendly toward me and those I have been there with.
Paris is a beautiful city. The food is wonderful. The mood is one of joy and happiness. At the Opera House last time I was there a person was scheduled to give a concert involving several songs. At the end of the first song the audience seemed unsure of whether to clap or not so most sat on their hands while a handful clapped.
She played another song. Fortunately I was there with a person who speaks French or I would not have understood what followed. When she finished and barely a ripple of clapping was heard a member of the audience stood up and said in a loud voice: “why is no one clapping? It is proper to clap at the end of each song. Now clap!”
In response to this reprimand, many started to clap. As the clapping started to get louder, another member of the audience rose and said in a demanding voice: “Stop! Please stop the clapping. It is only proper to clap at the end of a series of songs!”
Then someone else rose to suggest otherwise and before you knew it a dozen or so members of the audience were standing and arguing over when it was appropriate to clap. Meanwhile the artist and her accompanist stood in silent bemusement while the verbal furor among the attendees roared on. Finally, someone in management went up on the stage and made the ruling as to what should be done. That settled it and the concert went on. I knew I would never see anything like that in America.
The attack on Paris saddened me greatly.
Yeats said it best:
‘Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”
Here though the anarchy comes from the center, the operational headquarters of the Islamic State, which is spreading out its disciples in an ever-widening gyre. Until the center is destroyed, its venom and evil will continue to spread.
It was less than two years ago when President Obama said that the Islamic State was a “JV Team.” His policy toward it has been to continue to treat it as a JV Team as it took over wide swaths of Syria and Iraq, including its second largest city Mosul. He has shown a confused and lackluster approach to this invidious enemy.
In last night’s debate none of the Democratic candidates for president would refer to those that attacked Paris or those in ISIS as “radical Muslims.” They said that was an attack on all Muslims which is nonsense. They professed their love for all Muslims. (Hillary got a little confused in trying to tell why the Paris terrorists were not Radical Muslims.)
Bernie Sanders said he didn’t want to get bogged down on terms. But they seemed to agree the proper term to use is Jidhadist. That is defined as, ” a person who believes that an Islamic state governing the entire community of Muslims must be created, and that this necessity justifies violent conflict with those who stand in its way.” Isn’t that too referring to Muslims?
I feel if they do not know who is our enemy then were bound to suffer greatly. Now is not the time for pussyfooting. The night is descending on us as we just saw in Paris.
Each one has a wishy-washy approach fearful of alienating left field. Each said we have to have the local Muslim nations do the work. Obama tried that to no avail. They were not asked what they would do when those states persisted in doing nothing.
Bernie says we don’t need a Cold War type army. We should be reconfiguring our military just to meet the terrorist threat. He apparently has not been aware of China’s expansion into the South China Sea or of Russia’s new assertiveness which is coupled with allegiances with Iran and Iraq (yes, after 4,000 Americans lost their lives to give them the nation the Iraqis are aligning themselves with Russia, if you can believe it – a lot of good we are getting out of our biggest embassy in the world – maybe we’ll rent it to Putin.)
All blamed Bush for ISIS; but Obama has had the steering wheel of the ship of State for the last seven years, four of which Hlllary helped him steer, and it is during those years that ISIS raised its horribly ugly face, grew in strength and has become increasingly violent downing a Russian airline; blowing up a part of Beirut and now murdering over 125 in Paris.
It is apparent that no Democrat will take the fight to ISIS — each one wants someone else to do it; every someone else wants us to do it; and ISIS spreads its horrors onward and outward.
Poor Paris has learned the hard lesson that weakness or understanding in the face of inhuman butchers results in people lying on the ground being massacred. France is a NATO ally. War has been declared on it and it has been attacked. Like it or not under our treaty obligations we have to respond to extirpate the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. When the center falls its tentacles will atrophy.
We must act now before some America elementary school is invaded and hundreds of children held hostage by these radical Muslims.
Viva La France