The slogan “We’ll always have Paris” was stolen by terrorists last night, Friday the 13th of November 2015. So far, 128 people are apparently dead and over 180 wounded as the result of 6 terrorist attacks. The nationality of all the victims is unknown but at least 2 Swedes were among them. Around 3am, French authorities reported that 8 attackers had been killed. France has declared a state of emergency.
[update – ISIS has claimed responsibility]
It’s impossible not to feel for the victims – it could have been you, it could have been me – but it’s a cold, awkward fact that one man’s war is another’s terrorism. I’m horrified by ISIS but that doesn’t change that the USA and its allies (such as France and the UK) have destabilized numerous countries in what seems to be more the pursuit of profit than social responsibility. As a consequence, innocent citizens will suffer as the war comes home.
I want a safer world for all of us but don’t believe that it’s going to happen. Perpetual war, along with its sister, Hollywood, is driving the American economy. There are few in power who want it to stop (and Barack Obama was the latest liar in that regard). What happened last night will affect the race to become the next president… and those who support the winner will affect all our lives, even here in South Africa.
Thus, as I post several newsworthy moments and quotes, I start with the sensible Bill Maher who simplified the solution on his show last night with, “I have a crazy idea: Why don’t we get out of Muslim lands?” It’s worth watching the full discussion in the video. Whilst you do, keep in the back of your mind that the response from neocon presidential candidate, Jeb Bush (yes, another bloody Bush in love with the misnomer of the War on Terror and all its political synonyms), was, “This is the war of our time, and we have to be serious and engaging in creating a strategy to confront it and take it out.” Barack Obama has clearly stated that the USA offers its services to France in response.
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Here’s an account from Julien Pearce, a radio reporter who was in the Bataclan theatre, attending the show by the band Eagles of Death Metal, when the terrorists attacked. “It was a bloodbath,” he said.
Hear some of the chilling, later semi-automatic rifle shots in this clip. Try to imagine being inside whilst that went on for 10 minutes!
U2 cancelled their show in Paris today, saying, “We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight. We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”
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