Breaking news: on this significant date (November 13) for the followers of Islam, the authorship of last night’s brutal, murderous attacks in Paris has been officially confirmed what we already knew – it was perpetrated by members of IS (or ISIS/ISIL). With calls of ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is great) Islamic terrorists planted bombs and cowardly machine gunned down hundreds of innocent Parisians outside a football stadium, in various restaurants, in the street and in a theatre where young people were enjoying a concert.
The whole world has been left in shock by this barbaric act of despicable evil.
But is it really such a surprise? Islamic fundamentalists have been filling our airwaves announcing their hatred of the West and threatening our people for a long time now. Besides, this is only the latest in a long list of savage attacks on Western targets after we have seen a growing radicalisation of Islamists within our frontiers for decades. Some of these European-educated jihadists took part in the US terrorist attacks of 9/11. Before 9/11 there have been many others against America and its allies. Their ongoing genocide against Christians in the Middle East and other parts of Asia and countries in Africa is common knowledge. Now ISIS are stepping up their murderous jihad in the heart of post-Christian Europe.
After unheeding the countless warnings of the coming clash of civilisations in Europe we have been exposing ourselves to over recent decades, we are starting to see our worst fears unfold before our eyes. Will firm measures to conbat this situation finally be enforced, both in practical military ways, and also in a more psychological questioning way; i.e., why have we become so vulnerable to such evil ideologies as militant Islam? Is it not about time we realise that we are digging our own grave if we sit back after ‘patching up’ the latest atrocious attacks and do nothing more about the threat Islam presents, while continuing to allow the hordes of uncontrolled Muslim migrants pour into our countries where (they have admitted themselves) they have hopes to one day take over?
At the same time perhaps we should take a longer, deeper look into why we have permitted ourselves to have become so defenceless.*
Pray for the victims of this atrocity and their families.
And wake up Europe! Before it becomes too late.
*(H/T to Michael Kenny for this link.)
From the BBC:
Paris has suffered a night of deadly attacks, described by President Francois Hollande as “unprecedented”.
Shootings, bomb blasts and a hostage siege have left at least 128 people dead and some 180 wounded. At least 80* are in critical condition.
Six places were targeted, almost simultaneously.
France has declared a state of emergency, imposed border controls and deployed 1,500 extra troops.
This is what we know so far.
*(This figure is now being quoted as 99 in a ‘critical’ or ‘very grave’ condition.)
From the Catholic Herald:
‘We are shocked by this new manifestation of maddening, terrorist violence and hatred,’ says Vatican press office
The Vatican has condemned terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of at least 120 people in Paris last night.
In a statement, the Holy See Press Office said: “Here in the Vatican we are following the terrible news from Paris. We are shocked by this new manifestation of maddening, terrorist violence and hatred which we condemn in the most radical way together with the Pope and all those who love peace. We pray for the victims and the wounded, and for all the French people.
“This is an attack on peace for all humanity, and it requires a decisive, supportive response on the part of all of us as we counter the spread the homicidal hatred in all of its forms.”
In a telephone interview with the Italian channel TV2000, Pope Francis said he was shaken by the “inhuman” attacks.
“I am close to the people of France, to the families of the victims, and I am praying for all of them,” he said, according to Vatican Radio. “I am moved and I am saddened. I do not understand, these things hard to understand.”
He added: “There is no religious or human justification for it.”
Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris, has announced that he will celebrate Mass in Notre Dame Cathedral on Sunday evening for the victims, their families and the whole of France.
The bells of Notre Dame will ring out 15 minutes before the Mass begins.