by Nathan Barton
Terrorism in France: We’ve seen it again and again, most recently in January of 2015 when Charlie Hebdo was attacked in Paris, and November of 2015 when when three sites in Paris were attacked. And now the Islamist War on the West (and France in particular) comes to the Mediterranean Coast and Nice. And once again, it is clear that nobody in government or the public has learned a single thing. 84 dead, 18 fighting for their lives (maybe) in hospital, after a “loner” drove a truck through Bastille Day crowds on the waterfront.
Compare the two pictures, of some of the crowd fleeing, hands high in the air as they apparently try to surrender to a madman who is not asking for surrender, just driving wildly to swerve and kill more, including the 10 children already dead.
Now we see Simone Segouin, a typical French teenager in miniskirt (just like the girl in the last picture, no?) in Paris in 1944, after she helped drive German occupation troops out of the city as part of a group of partisans fighting to restore French liberty.
Can the contrast be more stark? 150 years of war, triggered in very large part by the stupidity of the French political and military leaders, allowed to be stupid by the people of France, have destroyed the French nation. For 70 years we have joked about how easy it is for French to surrender. Their track record is sick as a nation. Franco-Prussian War in 1870 = surrender to Prussia (and the new German Empire). The Battle of France in 1940 = surrender to Hitler. Indochina in 1954 = surrender to Communists (Vietnamese Communists, not French Communists). Algeria in 1960 = surrender to Muslim terrorists (excuse me, “freedom fighters”).
Even one or two people, armed with something as puny as a .22-caliber revolver, could have prevented most if not all of these deaths and the hundreds of injuries, by forcing the murderer to do something else. Instead, all the French crowd (and lots of Americans and Brits, I point out) could do is run. And where were the police? When seconds count, they were minutes away.
The news spin is already treading its usual path of “lone wolf” and “upset over losing his job and his family” and “no known ties to Islamic terrorists.” Yeah, as if French intelligence (any more than American intel) could tell you within months whether or not he had ties, what his “religious” views were (was he a faithful Muslim follower of Mohammad (peanut butter und honig), or an apostate that believes that line about a “religion of peace,” and who he knew and hated. Because he supposedly had guns (a rifle and pistol – how on earth in France???? Aren’t those against the law? Isn’t the law protecting people) and a whole batch of (current report) fake guns and grenades in his rented truck, we will hear that squatter in DC calling for more gun control. And no doubt more hoops to jump through to rent a truck. But NOTHING about what would really stop things like this from happening.
Some comments and odd thoughts:
I wonder if he bought the damage waiver when he rented the truck? Wonder if the rental company’s insurance will cover the total loss of the truck or will it use a “war exclusion” to deny a payout?
The news this morning claims the killer shot at the police and then they returned fire. But the video of the shooting and the photos of the truck don’t show any firing from him or any bullet-holes that I can see. Odd, eh?
Convenient that he was killed by the police, so that we don’t have a chance to find out what HE claims were his motives. But then, we don’t get to question suicide bombers, either.
Mama’s Note: I don’t see any particular benefit in knowing their motives. Most people have more than one motive for doing things, especially those who resort to violence. And most people don’t really know or understand all of their motives for anything! The important thing in these attacks is the action, and the response of both bystanders and the intended victims. Seems to me that the only “motives” that are relevant are those of the powers that be who work so hard preventing people from having the awareness and the tools to make a rational response. And we already know what their motives are, to a great extent… power and control.
France has been third only to the FedGov and UK in attacking Islamic nations and communities in the “war on terror” (the war to cause MORE terrorism?), so the attack makes a very perverted form of sense. It is wrong to mourn the 10 children dead in Nice and NOT mourn the hundreds of children killed each year by western air attacks in Syria and a half-dozen other places in the Ummah.
As I mentioned already, are we going to ban trucks? Or just make it impossible to rent (or buy) a truck without ten forms of ID, a background check, and a mandatory 30-day waiting period. It works SO well for guns, after all…
France may have some minuscule amounts of guts that hasn’t been bred out or bled out of their people, however. The mayor of Calais finally announced yesterday that the tens of thousands of Muslim “refugee” squatters which have turned his city into a pit resembling a third-world barrio or ghetto are going to be driven away, to “someplace.” Soon. Not immediately. Give them another century and they MIGHT find a bit more courage.
Maybe: it has been almost 20 months since the Charlie Hebdo attack, and the streets and businesses of France are no more protected than they were then. And the mobs continue to scream and run with their hands in the air, and the cops continue to be late and, frankly, poor shots.
And I have to agree with a number of people; this is coming to the Fifty States. Are WE prepared? Although the American equal of the Charlie Hebdo attack, an attack on a cartoon contest in Texas, was prevented, the equivalent of the stadium/music attacks in Paris was the Orlando attack. Picture a semi or van-truck going through the crowds streaming into the stadium for a World’s Series game… Or the line of people waiting for the next Star Wars movie? Or whatever it is that they do with the crowds in the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco? It is coming. And while I’d like to think that we could be better prepared to stop or prevent it, by voluntary public action, here than in France, I don’t think we are.
Mama’s Note: Seems to me that the most intelligent thing to do, under the circumstances, is to stay away from these crowds altogether. There is not much of a way for an armed individual to protect themselves or their families from a bomb or a vehicle used as a battering ram… no matter how many new “laws” and prohibitions are issued, of course.