Terrorism hits Paris again. (Reuters)

Terrorism hits Paris again. (Reuters)

In the early morning hours of Saturday, November 14th, ISIS terrorists attacked Paris, France. They did so from 7 different locations at the same time, including a theater where a concert was going on, and the soccer stadium where a game was going on, and French President Francois  Hollande was in attendance. When the shooting and bombing was done, 129 people had died. Paris went on lockdown, issuing the first curfew since the 1944 Nazi bombings, and they closed the borders.

These are my thoughts on this horrific tragedy.

Mentioned links:

Quarter of British Muslims sympathise with Charlie Hebdo terrorists

What Do People in the Middle East Think About the Islamic State? These Poll Results Will Surprise You.

Paris attacks put dagger through heart of liberal Europe

Paris attacks highlight France’s gun control problems

The rising tide of Muslim converts to Christianity

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Show transcript

As we know, in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 14th, ISIS terrorists attacked Paris, France. They did so from 7 different locations at the same time, including a theater where a concert was going on, and the soccer stadium where a game was going on, and French President Francois  Hollande was in attendance. When the shooting and bombing was done, 129 people had died. Paris went on lockdown, issuing the first curfew since the 1944 Nazi bombings, and they closed the borders. As I’m writing up this episode, they’re rounding up suspects, and have already bombed ISIS targets.

For starters, I stand with the French people as they stood with us on 9/11. This is a horrible tragedy, and ISIS has specifically targeted civilians, which makes this what I’d call true terrorism; not against military targets, but against non-combatants. It is the lowest of the low.

But it does create the intended emotion; terror. ISIS is hoping that this will indeed get France to make more of an effort in the war on terror, and thus give them something to show to potential recruits. They want this to be a war, and a war against Islam specifically, because it gives them recruiting power. And with that recruiting, they intend to expand their Caliphate.

But I want to point out these items.

First, yes, it is a war. It’s not workplace violence, it’s not just lone wolves, it’s not just disaffected youths, and it’s certainly not the JV team; it’s an organized war. Perhaps not against a nation, or at least not a recognized nation, even though they call themselves the Islamic State, but it is war, and the sooner we realize that, the better.

Second, a lot more people sympathize with them than you might think. For example, a poll back in February showed that 27% of British Muslims sympathized with the gunmen in the Charlie Hebdo attacks; over 1 in 4. And while support of ISIS is extremely low in the Middle East – 3-5% in some places, almost non-existent in others – it’s still millions of people who have some amount of support for a radical Islamic group bent on terrorism.

I am not saying that we should round up all Muslims and stick them in internment camps for the duration. Nor do I think that any attacks against Muslim people or their mosques here in the US should be tolerated. Persecution of innocent Muslims just encourages others to join ISIS. I’m not even saying that we should reject all those Syrian refugees fleeing the war there. What I am saying is that we need to be protective of our own people, Muslim and non-Muslim alike. Conservatives had predicted that may be ISIS fighters in those refugees, and at least one of the Paris terrorists was just that. We need to be vigilant and make sure that we don’t import terrorists as we care for those who truly need it. As much as possible, we need to make sure our screening process is thorough enough to weed out those who want to kill us, while opening our doors of hospitality to those who don’t.

Third, and somewhat related to that, the open borders of Europe allowed ISIS to base their fighters in other countries before making the move on Paris. Again, I’m not against legal immigration or accepting refugees. But the whole push for virtually ignoring illegal immigration into the US, and the rise of those “sanctuary cities” that choose not to enforce our laws without suffering consequences, is truly a bad idea. I’m wondering if Europe will now start reconsidering their policies. Certainly the whole European Union ideal is going to come under further scrutiny after this and the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Fourth, Paris has some strict gun control laws, which were tightened down in 1995 after the bombing of the Paris metro, and in 2012 after a shooting spree in Toulouse. How’s that working out? The flow of illegal guns is also helped by the aforementioned open borders. For example, guns used on November 14th were supplied by a guy in Belgium, and the rise in illegal guns has been in the double digits for several years now. How many lives might have been saved if some folks in that theater were armed, and didn’t just get picked off one by one while the police waited for the SWAT team outside?

Fifth, France’s multiculturalism and tolerance didn’t save Paris from ISIS. A dream of open borders, where everyone lives in harmony because there are no value judgments made, is an interesting dream to have. But the problem is reality and human nature keep intruding on it. President Obama called this an attack on our “universal values”. Well, it’s pretty clear that those values aren’t exactly universal. If people come to a country, they need to buy into those values. Multiculturalism says you don’t need to assimilate. Reality says, yeah, you kinda do need to.

With two bloodbaths in Paris in the same year, the Left will need to take a hard look at its policies and attitudes. It appears to me that the pendulum has swung too far in one direction, but unless the Left moderates itself, the far Right may just gain enough support to win elections. And in some cases, the xenophobia in that camp can be just as bad.

And sixth, it’s time to pray. Well, it’s always time to pray, but especially now as this world is being forced to redefine itself, and ISIS is waking the Left up from its dreams. Pray for the families and friends of those who were killed or injured. Pray that Paris will have peace and protection once again. Pray that authorities will be able to find and stop the plots of those who seek to inflict pain and terror. Pray that the response to this is level-headed and compassionate. And pray for the salvation of these terrorists. As you may know, I’m a Christian, and I think that the loving God depicted in the Bible is someone these people need to be introduced to. And, as a link in the show notes demonstrates, it’s happening a lot more that most folks realize.

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