Aftermath of the Paris Attacks

After the night of fury and chaos in Paris, the world is still dazed. It’s being reported that 129 people were murdered, but with many more still injured and in critical condition. President Francois Hollande called the attacks an “Act of war“. And although the French government has only just begun to identify the attackers (You can read the passport nationalities further down in the Reuters article) ISIS has already claimed responsibility for the attack. It is too early yet to know anything for sure.

This attack comes just months after the ruthless slaughter of the Charlie Hebdo office in France. Using the recent past as a guide, it is possible to make assumptions on the aftermath of the attack.

What was unique about the Charlie Hebdo attack was that since it specifically targeted the magazine, the event sparked a wave of free speech sentiment. But what was typical about it was the jailing of 69 people that spoke differently by the French government, most notably the French comedian Dieudonne. This was mostly ignored. Alongside of this came the rise in right-wing fascist activity in Europe, calling for the removal of Muslim immigrants. Of course a surge of Nationalism took place in many other groups as well.

After the Charlie Hebdo shooting several mosque attacks were also reported as a result. This could happen again, but more recently with the Paris attacks it was reported one of the shooters had a Syrian passport that came originally through Greece. With tensions already on the rise with the refugee crisis across Europe, we are likely to see increased hostility towards the immigrants, maybe even resulting in violence against the newcomers. It seems obvious to say, but there will be a surge in Islamophobia and xenophobia. We are likely to see people defending Muslims with phrases like “Not all Muslims are terrorists” and such, but there will of course people that are too driven by their emotions to listen.

As for foreign policy, the French people want justice. They may choose to have a more direct role in fighting ISIS, maybe even resulting in putting boots on the ground. With quotes from President Hollande such as “we will lead the fight, and it will be merciless,” after the “barbaric act” it certainly seems as if this is possible.

The event will be politicized, really for whatever reason it suites them for. Whether it be for increased gun control, tighter immigration laws, or increased defense spending, it will happen. Why? Because this offers people the best chance to get away with it, while emotions are running high. People will look away while politicians increase the violence against citizens in the Middle East or while they pass bills to take away freedom in the name of security. In fact Newt Gingrich has already come under scrutiny for his tweet after the attack:

Imagine a theater with 10 or 15 citizens with concealed carry permits. We live in an age when evil men have to be killed by good people

And also it is being speculated that the attack will reshape the U.S. Presidential election, with more emphasis being placed on foreign policy and national security.

The thing we cannot allow to happen, however, would be to let our anger run away from us. We cannot allow our freedom to be taken away in the name of security. We cannot allow the persecution and maltreatment of the Muslim people. We cannot allow violence to those seeking refuge, those practicing their faith, or those too heartbroken to react. We cannot allow ourselves to stoop to level of our attackers, become blind with emotion and let violence be responded with more violence. My deepest regrets to the people’s of France, the refugees, those practicing faith, and to everyone observing. It will be hard times ahead.

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  1. I wholeheartedly agree with your statement. But something needs to be added, and here’s a response I sent to another blog on yesterday’s attacks:

    Nothing is ever so black and white. For hundreds of years the Western imperial powers enslaved, tortured and killed people who’s conquered lands they lorded over and profited from. Go back to the Crusades, and follow French invasions of north and central Africa. Islam was declared the enemy because it would not Christianize nor bow to the invaders. Moslems drowned in the blood of their friends and families at the hands of crusaders. As to current events, where do the sophisticated weapons used by ISIS and other terrorists come from? Who benefited from their sales? Well, the USA leads the pack at 31% of global arms sales; Russia at 27%; France, Germany and China each clock at 5% – but even 5% is a substantial amount given how much armaments are distributed daily all over the planet. Where are those arms going? Who is the watch dog that keeps the weaponry from falling into the hands of terrorists with a history of un-sated “need” for vengeance, whether real or imagined? Yes, cry the beloved country, but where are the people who should say “No” to the arms dealers before those same arms are used to kill within the country’s borders? ISIS; Al Qaeda and their likes are not something that just sprung out of the blue, surprise, surprise: they are the legacy of domination and jack-boot repression in the countries that subsequently could but engender and nurture terrorism. Let’s never forget the lesson of history regarding revolutions: a revolutionary is a terrorist to the oppressor but a hero in the homeland. How easy it would be for me, a French citizen, to feel emotionally self-righteous about yesterday’s events in Paris and to acquiesce to the rhetoric of vengeance. But I owe my allegiance first and foremost to history. (And adding to this here: history may be conveniently forgotten, but it will never pass away. A truism: you reap what you sow, however long it takes; there is no escape from retribution because it becomes a question of pressure, a physical law. Yesterday’s terrorists are but the tools of the demands of history, as are the victims. For yesterday’s oppressors now paying the price there is but one way out: unconditional forgiveness and free admission of past wrongs. Then take the money spent on arms build-up and rebuild the shattered lands.)

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    1. If you “owe your allegiance to history” you might want to brush up a bit.

      Islamism has been converting “by the sword” since around 632 when Muhammad’s followers began attacking caravans headed to and from Mecca from their base in Medina. By 650 the Saudi peninsula had been conquered and the 30% or so of the population that was Christian or Jewish had been converted, enslaved or killed. By 750 the middle east, most of north Africa and huge chunks of the remainder of Asia had been converted in the same way. Islamists conquered most of what we know of as Spain, parts of France, Italy by about the same time period. Much of the former Indian empire had been crushed and converted as had the remnants of the Persian Empire. Islamic invaders were not completely driven out of Spain until 1492. The Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire was defeated by Islamic armies in 1450 with the call of Constantinople (now called Istanbul). In Eastern Europe Islamic conquests continued until 1693 when on 9/11 (yes, that is why several acts of Islamic terrorism have occurred on that date) the Islamic armies were defeated at the gates of Vienna. At this point the tide finally turned and much of Eastern Europe was liberated.

      The Crusades have been rewritten as wars of conquest of native Islamic peoples. That is NOT the case. The Islamists conquered the “Holy Land” by defeating the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire that had controlled these lands for around 1000 years. As with all such conquests, the choices for those who could not flee to another part of the empire was to convert or face EXACTLY the same treatment non-Muslims face under ISIS today; slavery, torture or death. The goal of the original Crusades was to retake those lands from the Islamists and end the persecution of the native peoples of that land….

      I don’t know much about the history of North Africa but I do know that the first foreign war fought by the US was against Islamist Caliphates there. It was not a matter of colonialism but of self-defense. A new and poor nation could not afford to pay the Jizya (protection fees for non-Muslims) to sail through the Mediterranean, which was claimed in its entirety as Islamic territory.As a result American ships were boarded, looted and stolen. Wealthy crew members and passengers were held for ransom. Those without wealth were murdered, tortured, or sold into slavery. The first Barbary war was from 1801 to 1805. The second was in 1815.

      The areas now occupied by ISIS were part of the Ottoman empire (Muslim) until the end of WWI. French rule nominally ended in 1936 seventeen years after taking possession from the Ottoman Empire. Full independence was gained in 1946 once Hitler’s National Socialists were dealt with.

      Three continents have dealt with more than a millennium of Islamist conquest and colonization by Islamist Caliphates. Boko Haram, ISIS, et al are only the latest iteration of those same efforts.

      This is the simple reality of history.

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  2. I like a lot the clear way you put things. Truly, governments are looking how to increase their powers to take away liberties and rights from people living in the “First World” countries. What a coincidence that one of the perpetrators was a Syrian, when it happens that they are being chased off from their own land by ISIS! As Sci Fi and Scary says, I hope that French people don’t react as Americans did in 2001… Justifications to continue changing laws, sending troops to the streets, responding with more violence are being found in each of these acts. More than ever, I believe that we need to recognize that to study and report the straight relationship between emotions and power is totally necessary. Thanks for your clear writing again!

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  3. Reblogged this on Fiza Arshad and commented:
    An apt analysis/opinion. There are so many more things to be said and considered. And perhaps all of that would be repeatedly over the coming months. For now, its best to let these words settle in our minds.

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  4. Disagree. If Dieudonne doesn’t deserve jail, he at least should have his shows shut down. He incites anti-semitic hatred in the banlieux with his racist diatribes against Jews. Also, I think people have the right to secure their own countries and borders. You can’t have freedom if you have no safety.

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    1. I never defended Dieudonne, I may not agree with what he says but he doesn’t deserve to be arrested. The show is another matter.

      And furthermore, what is the point of safety when there is no freedom? Living under Tyranny from abroad is no different from living under tyranny domestically.

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    2. I know little of Dieudonne except that which I have read on this blog and subsequently looked up on the internet. However, Dieudonne was, we have to assume, expressing his opinion, just as you did above and no doubt do every day on numerous topics. The fact that we don’t agree with his opinion is neither here nor there, his right to express it has to be supported. I would be more inclined to ask the question, “Who are the people that pay money to go and listen to him?” I think they might be the bigger issue. So, freedom of speech is for everyone, not just those who agree with us…and I’m actually thinking you probably already agree with that.

      I agree that individual countries should, and actually they can, secure their own borders, the EU just makes that more difficult and costly to do. To the last point I will quote Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up Essential Liberty, to purchase a little Temporary safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” When we give away power to the government it’s always a hard long struggle to get it back from them.

      We have allowed our leaders, political and spiritual, all around the globe to create what is a very messy and messed up World, there is no simple solution to enact. The best we can hope for at the moment I believe is to stop them making things worse…then maybe we can work towards fixing things.

      Take it easy

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  5. Well said! Sadly the voice of reason is the quietest and least heard. However it is also the most persistent and when the shouting quietens down these rational sentiments will be heard. I have already seen on my Twitter account people suggesting borders be closed and Muslims banned from entry. As I said in my own tweet today ISIS thugs have as little to do with Islam as the IRA hoodlums had with the Catholic Church. They are criminals masquerading as God’s chosen ones.We cannot alter our behavior and beliefs in response. “Good men killing evil ones”???? Good grief if ever I saw an example of denial that’s it.

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  6. I couldn’t agree more, I think many of your predictions are accurate. However, I want to know more about why these predictions would happen. What theories of the mind makes us respond in this manner, what makes us so uncontrollable of our beliefs? I see from a neutral standpoint nothing but raw emotion you have the extremist or ISIS and that Muslim-based ideology, then you have the French and their national creed (philosophy). It just seems that no one is being civil here, and upholding human dignity which I can’t bring myself to understand. I believe life is already set to be horrible, I mean look at the natural laws or observations. Nothing last forever (including the best times of your life), you age (as you get older the body becomes weaker), you have no 100% absolute precise way of knowing your purpose or future, and I could go on. My question would be, could it be bad, if France just focused on the nation healing and getting better security and not seeking revenge? Comforting the family of loved ones and stating to end the pain and suffering there. Call me an idealist but I just believe if you seek the positive in everything, question and reflect on everything, and be in acknowledgement of all things, better days will come. Just my 2 cents on the topic.

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  7. Wise words. We should also remember what so-called IS “want”, if you can decipher any real goal from their medieval pretence of a viewpoint: they want death; they want division; they don’t actually care about Muslims (they kill Muslims just as readily as non-Muslims); they want to sow seeds of division in western societies. The best way we can all destroy them, non-militarily, is to remember that IS are not real Muslims, they actually have nothing to do with Islam – real Muslims are life-loving people, just like 99%+ of the human population.

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  8. Great comments and well written! This trend of using tragedy to push political agendas is probably the key issue arising out of the Paris attacks , talk about deja vu, we must raise awareness and be critical about this. I’m also very interested in the lack of coverage on the Beirut attacks the day before, moreover the reaction from the public

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  9. The question for newt really is who is more dangerous to the American public in reality . Isis or rougue american citizens with a grudge who own a gun.


  10. Nicely put. We have been following the script of “our safety no matter what” for far too long. Understanding all that is happening can be done by “following the money” What a corrupted bunch we have running things.


  11. Yes you have interpreted the Paris mayhem in a new vein of thought. Liberal Democracies are are only learning to cope with fanaticism and they lessons learnt will go a long way into protecting the interests of those societies Apart from using armed force against the iSIS, the West should also take steps to promote liberal theologies of Islam so that in future younger generations won’t be mislead.

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