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The Paris Massacre

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On Friday night at least 129 people were brutally murdered and more than 350 people wounded in a coordinated series of attacks which rippled across a half~dozen locations in the city of Paris. Four terrorists with assault rifles shouting Allahu akbar


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Gillian M (11)
Sunday November 15, 2015, 8:12 am
The scenes of death – whether in Paris or Hebron, Jerusalem or New York – should serve as a warning to us all.

The day is already called Black Friday – a day which will long be remembered for its barbaric cruelty and its attack on the very fiber of Western civilization.
On Friday night at least 129 people were brutally murdered and more than 350 people wounded in a coordinated series of attacks which rippled across a half-dozen locations in the city of Paris. In one of them, four terrorists armed with assault rifles shouting "Allahu akbar" stormed in during a concert by the US rock group Eagles of Death Metal and executed hostages one by one.
In the aftermath of the most deadly violence on French soil since World War II, the Eiffel Tower shut down “indefinitely.” The Louvre closed its doors. A country of cherished secular freedoms outlawed public gatherings until at least Thursday.
France has vowed revenge for the attacks. President Francois Hollande deemed the shootings and bombings "an act of war." He declared a state of emergency and took the unprecedented step of closing all borders late Friday after gunmen opened fire at multiple locations. He said early Saturday, "We will lead the fight, and we will be ruthless."
Around the globe, people are gathering to mourn for the victims of Friday’s attacks, holding candlelit vigils, singing la Marseillaise and leaving flowers and messages at French embassies the world over. Several national landmarks were also lit up in the French Tricolore.
The media is also suggesting a new slogan to express the shared pain and revulsion against these horrific acts of terrorism in France. It was just over ten months ago that the Western world declared that an attack on Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, was an attack on all of us. A slogan swept the globe: “I am Charlie”. Today the new refrain, offered by political leaders spanning countries around the globe, is “We are all France.”
The one phrase which unfortunately is not given equal prominence and yet is far more relevant, the phrase which gets to the heart of this tragedy and identifies its root cause, is the one that in the aftermath of Black Friday needs at long last to shake the somnambulant statesmen from their indifferent reveries and wake up the silent leaders from their apathetic response to the terrorism which has been raging in the only democratic country in the Middle East. The world needs finally to understand “We are all Israel.”
It was no mere coincidence that Black Friday in Paris was also the day of a tragic funeral. The victims were Rabbi Yaakov Litman and his son Netanel who were slain on the way to a Shabbat celebration for the forthcoming wedding of the Rabbi’s daughter Sarah. They were murdered in an Islamic terror attack in the Hebron hills by terrorists from a vehicle stopped on the side of the road. This time innocent Jewish victims died by gunfire. In the past weeks there were many other murders and woundings by stabbing, indiscriminate acts of violence brutally carried out with indifference to age, gender or location.
For them the world did not cry out in shared pain. For them the world looked only for “reasons” – the supposedly civilized way of justifying unforgivable acts of terror. For them the world was able to excuse the inexcusable, to pardon the unpardonable, to defend the indefensible.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, speaking at the funerals of Netanel and Yaakov Litman, made the point clearly. Addressing hundreds of mourners, the president said there is no difference between terror attacks in Israel and those abroad.
“I do not distinguish between terrorism and terrorism. No terrorism is justifiable. There is no terrorism that is more justified or less justified. The scenes of death and bloodshed we have witnessed in Paris, throughout the Middle East, and here in our country, should serve as a warning to us all. Whether in Paris or Hebron, Jerusalem or New York, we must fight a bitter and stubborn struggle against those who massacre innocent people, against those who murder in cold-blood.”
That was well said. But what needs to be added is the clear linkage between the fanaticism which led to the horrific massacre in France and its predecessor in Israel to which the world closed its eyes because its victims were only Jews. How long will it take for Europe and the rest of the world to understand that “We are all Israel.”
Jews have always been “the canary bird in the coal mine”. It is a famous analogy which comes from coal miners who would carry a canary down into the mine tunnels with them, knowing that if dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide collected in the mine, the gases would kill the canary before killing the miners, providing a clear warning to act before they too would perish. History has shown us that Jews play the same role for civilization. Jews are invariably selected as first victims. All too often they are seen as expendable – victims whose murderers need not be punished. It took time before the world acknowledged that Hitler’s final solution for the Jews was but a first step which threatened all of civilized mankind.
How long must we wait until the world understands that “We are all Israel” – and the fanatic extremists who shout Allahu akbar as they stab innocents in Jerusalem will all too quickly find their way not only to France but to all the surviving representatives of civilized values, faiths and cultures?


Gillian M (11)
Sunday November 15, 2015, 8:13 am
Islam: "Religion of Peace"

"Those that make war against Allah and His apostle and spread disorder in the land shall be slain or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the land. They shall be held up to shame in this world and sternly punished in the hereafter." (Sura 5.33)

"O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Whoso of you makes them his friends is one of them. Allah guides not the people of the evildoers." (Sura 5.51)

"Allah revealed His will to the angels, saying: 'I shall be with you. Give courage to the believers. I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers!' That was because they defied Allah and His apostle. He that defies Allah and his apostle shall be sternly punished by Allah." (Sura 8.12-13)

"In order that Allah may separate the pure from the impure, put all the impure ones [i.e. non-Muslims] one on top of another in a heap and cast them into hell. They will have been the ones to have lost." (Sura 8.37)

"And fight them until there is no more fitnah (disbelief and polytheism, i.e. worshipping others besides Allah) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allah alone (in the whole world). But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allah) then certainly, Allah is All-Seer of what they do." (Sura 8.39).

"Muster against them [i.e. non-Muslims] all the men and cavalry at your command, so that you may strike terror into the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them who are unknown to you but known to Allah." (Sura 8.60)

"O Prophet, urge on the believers to fight. If there be twenty of you, patient men, they will overcome two hundred; if there be a hundred of you, they will overcome a thousand unbelievers, for they are a people who understand not." (Sura 8.65)

"It is not for any Prophet to have prisoners until he make wide slaughter in the land." (Sura 8.67).

"Fight those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden -- such men as practice not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book [i.e. Jews and Christians] -- until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled." (Sura 9.29)

"If you do not go to war, He will punish you sternly, and will replace you by other men." (Sura 9.39)

"Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and deal harshly with them. Hell shall be their home: an evil fate." (Sura 9.73)

"They [i.e. faithful Muslims] will fight for the cause of Allah, they will slay and be slain." (Sura 9.111)

"O believers, fight the unbelievers who are near to you, and let them find in you a harshness, and know that Allah is with the godfearing." (Sura 9.123)

"When We resolve to raze a city, We first give warning to those of its people who live in comfort. If they persist in sin, judgement is irrevocably passed, and We destroy it utterly." (Sura 17.16)

"We have destroyed many a sinful nation and replaced them by other men. And when they felt Our Might they took to their heels and fled. They were told: 'Do not run away. Return to your comforts and to your dwellings. You shall be questioned all.' 'Woe betide us, we have done wrong' was their reply. And this they kept repeating until We mowed them down and put out their light." (Sura 21.11-15)

"When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly. Then grant them their freedom or take a ransom from them, until war shall lay down her burdens." (Sura 47.4)

"Mohammed is Allah's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." (Sura 48.29)

"May the hands of Abu Lahab [Mohammed's uncle, who had refused to embrace Islam] perish! Nothing shall his wealth and gains avail him. He shall be burnt in a flaming fire, and his wife, laden with firewood, shall have a rope of fiber around her neck!" (Sura 111.1-5)


Julia Cabrera-Woscek (0)
Sunday November 15, 2015, 10:41 am

Shil O (0)
Monday November 16, 2015, 12:27 am
not even a spark of intelligence dawning in the west - still no vacancies in lala land

Winn Adams (179)
Monday November 16, 2015, 6:48 am
prayers continue

pam w (139)
Monday November 16, 2015, 7:11 am
ISIS=mass insanity

tonia Deur (12)
Monday November 16, 2015, 1:00 pm
Penny this is a personal message from me to you. I know you care deeply about the Israeli people as most Americans do, and I care deeply that you feel we don't. Most Muslims, believers in Islam are good peaceful people. It is a tragedy when anyone is murdered, including Muslims and Palestinians. There is not one country that is blameless. I believe you are a compassionate person with a cause, but none of us should wear blinders regarding the state of the world. The USA entered ww11 much too late, but Golda Meir( a heroine of mine) and Moishe Dyan taught us much. But extremism in any country still brings us back to death and disorder. If you would like to friend me or carry a conversation I would do so in a heartbeat. We care but we must care for all.

Jeannet Bertelink (74)
Monday November 16, 2015, 1:25 pm
Thank you

S J (130)
Monday November 16, 2015, 3:47 pm
no one should die senselessly. thanks Penny

Jamie Clemons (282)
Tuesday November 17, 2015, 5:09 am
We must not let the terrorist change our way of life because that is what they want to do.

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday November 17, 2015, 11:14 am
we cannot separate atoms of air into those to be breathed in are for one country, one religion, one cause.
we breathe in and out the same atoms of air that Hitler, Mother Theresa, Stalin, victims in France, victims in Palestine have breathed.
Those atoms may also have been somewhere else in the universe, too....maybe we are all universal...we are an odd species.

pam w (139)
Tuesday November 17, 2015, 1:48 pm
Penny is quoting the Quran....this does NOT make her anything other than well-informed.

Anyone who disregards those words is just fooling himself.

ewoud k (68)
Wednesday November 18, 2015, 12:24 am
Hard -and strange- times we live in.

What happened in and near Paris was abject, undefendable, un-justifiable, low, mean, and the list of negative adjectives can go on for a long time.... And I feel sorry for all those who died, their relatives and friends.

But let's put things in perspective (no, I'm not excusing anything, anyway for blind violence there's no excuse).

These attackes should never have taken place, but similar attacks take place all the time, just not in Paris: 11/21 in Beyruth, some days earlier in Bagdad, two weeks ago a Russian plane, nearly everyday in Syria, and here also the list can be made as long as you whish. And all the time innocent people, bystanders who're just in the wrong place in the wrong time, died or got (heavily) wounded. And hardly anybody cared.

Refugees try to cross the Mediteranian everyday and every nightnight, and hundreds, thousands even, drown, and nobody cared, until a dead baby was photographed on a beach. (since then, at least 100 other dead babies were washed ashore, and noone talked about them....). French trafic kills more people in 12 days than did the Paris attacks, most of them innocent people who were just happyly living their life. Assad kills more innocent citizens in a week (, people who'se only fault was to live in Syria. Gun violence in the US kills more people in three days ( ).

And nobody took action.

Now that blind violence has come to the so-called civilised world people and governments wake up (was about time, isn't it?) and ask for drastic measures: more bombs, more surveillance, more police, less humanity, less freedom, less refugees.

To obtain what?

Don't get me wrong, but "zero risk" doesn't exist. The Patriot Act didn't prevent Boston, Israeli massive police surveillance doesn't prevent knive-attacks, and French intelligence-laws (newly revisited and reinforced) didn't prevent Paris.

The only thing that more "(fill in)" will obtain is less freedom, more fear, more state-controll, more division of society, but will not prevent some low-profile nuts with guns (or home-made bombs) to surface and kill blindly. Security forces need to reach a 101% score, armed nuts can do with a 0.1% succes-rate.

Exactly what terrorists want.... power, controll, fear, end of a life-style (the western way of living)....

I'm not saying that we should do nothing at all, but more "(fill in)" isn't the answer. Less exclusion, more compassion, more acceptance, combined with more efficient use of existing laws could do the thing.

Take a look at this page of The Guardian:

Life goes on, life with (sadly) a price to pay for living in a free world.

Life goes on, and living with permanent fear isn't a life, so we shouldn't have fear - we just need to be careful, alert, and open.

Life goes on, and maybe we should (at last) try to find a solution for those who live in really dangerous places to be able to live in safety.

And most of all, keep in mind these words of Benjamin Franklin:

"Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one."

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday November 18, 2015, 4:50 am

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