Monday, November 16, 2015

#Paris, more

Mostly courtesy Instapundit, again.
The jihadis’ master plan to break us | New York Post
Good stuff there.
The Islamic State’s message is stark: Western civilization is doomed. Its last bastion, America, lacks the will for war. The infidel loves life and treats it as an endless feast. Jihadis have to ruin that feast and persuade the “infidel” to abandon this world in exchange for greater rewards in the next.

ISIS calling | Power Line
One {thing that stood out} was that the attacks in Paris were coordinated by a cell operating from a neighboring country*. The attackers were divided into two groups, one that was assigned to suicide missions and one that was assigned to escape. That’s not the normal M.O. and the cops are asking why the change. Several did escape. At least one got to a neighboring country. The logical conclusion is that the escapees were being saved for “the next big thing.”
‘Anonymous’ Hackers Declare War on ISIS in Video Message.
Good for them.

Lots of speculation along these lines: Next Big Future: France could commit the foreign legion to Syria and could invoke NATO Article 5 requiring joint NATO action
Which would be real interesting when Turkey has to fish or cut bait...

Also, from that article:
The revelations that at least four French citizens were involved in the attacks — three brothers and a man who lived around Chartres, about 60 miles southwest of Paris — seemed destined to exacerbate longstanding fears in France about the place of Muslim immigrants and converts in French society. 
A France-U.S. Anti-Islamist Alliance - WSJ
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{I}magine if Paris had joined the Americans in the invasion of Iraq; the now-dominant Western narrative of that conflict might have been very different. Because of the attacks Friday, the narrative will change. The soft-power-heavy, somewhat guilty Western analysis of Islamic militancy—where the progressive-minded avoid referring to Islam in describing an antipathy that sanctifies killing—is now dead in Europe and will soon be irretrievably embarrassing across the Atlantic.

President Obama’s inability to have an adult conversation about Islam’s manifest problems with modernity, which also tore Christianity apart, have kept the West’s loudest bully pulpit from provoking contentious and entirely appropriate debates among Muslims. The advancement in the Middle East of grand modern causes—the abolition of slavery, the slow march of women’s social and political rights, the expansion of education, the brutal tug of war between secularism and religion—has always been stirred by Western thought and actions.

Having the French more vigorously in this game will help compensate for the politically correct, ahistoric timidity that has seized much of the intelligentsia in the U.S. and Britain. Trailblazers in analyzing modern Islamic fundamentalism, the French could well rescue the American left from its fixation on Islamophobia. They could provide encouragement and cover to American liberals to reflect and act without fear of being labeled Islamophobes (who are a dime a dozen on the American right and, as handmaidens of isolationism, don’t matter).
 How comforting: ISIS Has Help Desk for Terrorists Staffed Around the Clock - NBC News
I can't help but think this represents an exploitable weakness...

When you've lost Diane Feinstein: Paris attacks: Dianne Feinstein breaks with Obama, says 'ISIL is not contained' - POLITICO


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