Whether we like to admit it or not, what happened in Paris on Friday could happen in any western city at any time. In fact, it certainly will.
For once, we’ve been spared statements from the Presidents of France and the United States and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, to the effect that “Islam is a religion of peace.” It’s now too much to expect anybody to believe such an outrageous claim. Millions of people on social media witnessed Muslims around the globe celebrating the carnage in Paris. Noticeably absent after yesterday’s attacks was any condemnation from “moderate” Muslim clerics.
129 people were killed and 352 injured, 99 of them critically, meaning they could still die or will be maimed for life. Not all were French. This was Paris on a Friday night – a lot of tourists from different countries will be amongst the casualties. British Prime Minister David Cameron told fellow countrymen they could expect British victims.
One television news commentator observed “they are getting better at this,” listing a number of recent terrorist attacks perpetrated by ISIS — Libya, Tunisia, the Russian plane blown up over Sinai just two weeks ago, Beirut on Thursday and Paris on Friday. Not just better, more frequent, too. Mr. Cameron called a security meeting Saturday morning – London could easily be next. President Obama did the same in Washington, faced with the sobering realization that US cities could be the next target. The attacks on the French capital followed an assurance from the US president that ISIS has been contained.
The reality is that ISIS is spreading, its ability to stage terror attacks now reaching around the world. Big attacks and small ones, like the “lone wolf” who stabbed four students at a university in San Diego just a few days ago.
Western intelligence services are, understandably, overwhelmed. The French intelligence service did not see Friday’s attacks coming. Six attacks may be thwarted, maybe more, but eventually one will succeed. Little can be done if western countries are to continue to enjoy the freedoms that have been acquired over hundreds of years.
“Snowden has a lot of this blood on his hands”, said US Ambassador R. James Woolsey on Fox News Saturday. Ambassador Woolsey is a former Director of the CIA and is now Chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He was talking about the damage that Edward Snowden did to western intelligence when he went public with a massive amount of intelligence. This betrayal could be fatal to western interests at a time when the very survival of the West is at stake.
A friend in another state called me recently. At some point we got onto the subject of world affairs and Bible prophecy. He made the comment that “nothing seems to be happening in Europe at this time.” This comment was made before yesterday’s events. I expressed the opinion that a great deal was happening in Europe. The massive influx of refugees and asylum-seekers is radically changing the social fabric of European countries. Nations are losing their individual unique identity, as hundreds of thousands of Muslims from the Middle East and Africa pour in.
One of these, carrying a Syrian passport, was one of Friday’s attackers. Other attackers included some who were born and raised in France and went to Syria to train with ISIS, returning to their home country to stage acts of terror. Their loyalty to their Islamic beliefs trumped everything else.
Expect more of the same. After forty years of division between East and West, Europe’s brief interlude of peace accompanied by great strides toward “an ever closer union,” has now become the battleground between North and South, between the European Union and Islam, between democracies and failed states.
Not all the refugees who arrive in Europe are Muslims. The three biggest numbers of people come from Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan, all Muslim countries that are racked with internal sectarian divisions, corruption and despotism. Others come from democracies like Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone, seeking a better life and the welfare benefits European governments will give them.
It’s no wonder that David Cameron wants to end the system, but cannot do so within the strictures of the EU. A few days ago, he published the four demands he is making of the EU. If the EU can’t deliver, then he will recommend the United Kingdom leaves the 28-nation grouping. One of his demands is that the free movement of people within the EU be ended and that no new arrivals in Britain from the EU should be entitled to welfare benefits for the first four years. They would have to work first before they could receive anything. British papers are claiming that 43% of new European arrivals are receiving benefits. This amounts to 350 million pounds per week ($530 million), during a period of austerity imposed on the British people.
In addition, there’s the hundreds of thousands from outside the EU, from the Mideast and Africa. All these arrivals are supported financially by UK tax-payers. Inevitably, some will be agents of ISIS.
No western leaders show any sign of doing anything about this massive influx of potential terrorists.
After the January attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices, Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s President, marched arm in arm through Paris in defense of western freedoms. A few months later, Mrs. Merkel led European governments to open their doors to refugees and asylum seekers. Germany itself is taking in one million people this year.
This can only mean one thing – there will be more terrorist attacks like those yesterday.
As Daniel Pipes observed, each terrorist attack results in the common people moving to the Right politically, while the Establishment moves to the political Left. (“Why the Paris massacre will have limited impact.” Nationalreview online, November 14th). Mr. Pipes’ article also pointed out that the number of terrorist attacks by Islamists, since 9/11, is now 27, 269. The figure was compiled by an organization called “TheReligionofPeace.com.” Put another way, that’s five attacks per day.
It’s not surprising France’s President Hollande described Friday’s attacks as “an act of war” from ISIS.
All of this does not absolve the West of its responsibility. “In an official statement claiming responsibility, ISIS carefully listed its targets, couching its choice as one determined by its moral and theocratic superiority. Paris, it said, was a capital of “abominations and perversion.” (“Paris attacks: Bloody atrocity signals shift in ISIS strategy,” Financial Times, November 14th.) The Christian Holy Book, the Bible, says that “righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). In the same book, God warned the ancient Israelites that disobedience to God and His Laws would result in terror coming upon the nation (Deuteronomy 28:66): “and you shall be in terror day and night and shall be afraid of your life” (Darby Bible Translation). Western countries need to examine themselves in the light of these verses – changes can be made that would result in less hostility toward the West.
Paris is the new normal.