President Hollande has closed the borders of France. Such a thing has not happened since WW2. The borders were sealed to make sure that none of the terrorists got away, although the police said on the night of the attacks that all of these terrorists had been killed.
The borders were also sealed and “checkpoints reinstated” because the President of France has decided to try to keep out other potential terrorists.
Around 130 people were murdered at six different Paris locations in France’s worst experience of terror attacks. On a Friday evening these people were sitting in cafes, watching a soccer match, attending a rock concert, or simply enjoying life in the beautiful city of Paris. In a split second their lives were destroyed by suicide bombers, grenade throwers, and by the gunfire of terrorists shouting “Allahu Akbar.” Hundreds more in Paris are injured and of course thousands are traumatized.
President Obama, offering US support and sympathy, said that the terrorists must be “brought to justice.” President Hollande managed to say “we know who they are” without saying who they are.
Paris’s terror, like the terror of 9/11, the London tube bombings, the Mumbai attacks, and the ongoing nearly daily violence against Israelis, is part of a global war.
Yet, every time an Islamist terror attack occurs—except in Israel where it is acknowledged that Hamas, Hezbollah, and even “lone wolf” kids abusively raised to kill infidels are perpetuating terror–there is reluctance to name the perpetrators, to acknowledge that their goal is to destroy, to murder, and ultimately to take over.
As the events unfolded no mainstream media site nor political leader (that I heard) used the term “Islamist terror” even though there was never any doubt that these were Islamist attacks. ISIS was all over social media praising the killings.
Now ISIS (Daesh) has claimed responsibility. President Hollande has announced
“three days of national mourning”
and said this:
“Faced with war, the country must take appropriate action… France will be merciless towards these barbarians from Daesh.”
I hope that there is no call for “all sides” to quell the violence or for Hollande not to engage in rhetoric that will “inflame tensions.”
And if the French do respond to the murder of innocents, I hope that the free world will help them (regardless of their various faults) rather than mistake them for the perpetrators.
Cherryl Smith, PhD, writes at Framing Israel. She is an emerita professor of rhetoric and composition, Sacramento State University. She lives in Tel Aviv and in the San Francisco Bay Area.