Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Will The West Now Rally Against Jihad?

A Watershed Moment? - David Horovitz

Now that the marchers have all gone home, what are the French actually going to do about the mounting challenge of Islamist terrorism?

Does anybody seriously believe, for instance, that France is about to launch a crackdown on Islamist groupings at its higher-education institutions, or devote serious resources to investigating potential incitement at local mosques? Are France and the rest of Europe about to introduce passenger profiling at EU entry points, the way Israel does? Is the EU set to sanction Turkey for facilitating the flow of radicalized European Muslims to and from the Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq?

Do the last few days of Islamist murder in France constitute a watershed moment in the Western battle against Islamic extremism? I fear not.
(Times of Israel)

Paris: A Passing Episode? - Yoram Schweitzer & Oded Eran

The shock that has gripped France will probably wane as time passes, as will the urgency assigned to effective handling of the danger originating on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq that threatens Western democracies.

The need to take up the challenge will be postponed to a time when the leaders of Western countries have no choice but to deal with it directly, on a broad scale, and perhaps violently.

Presumably only a chain of exceptional events, i.e., showcase terrorist attacks that cause a large number of victims, will unequivocally highlight the risk incurred in not stepping up the military struggle against the challenge to the West posed by the Islamic State.
(Institute for National Security Studies-Tel Aviv University)


Will EU condemn France, Belgium for excessive use of force

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman took a jab at the Europeans Union:
"I wonder if the EU will condemn the Belgium and French governments for excessive use of force," he wrote on his Facebook page. "I wonder if they will call on them to negotiate with terrorists," he quipped.

The comments join a long string of instances in which Lieberman slammed the EU for what he perceives as an anti-Israel bias among EU nations.
[YNet News]

Say It Like It Is - Thomas L. Friedman

When I read that the Obama administration is organizing a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism for Feb. 18, in response to the Paris killings, I had a visceral reaction: Is there a box on my tax returns that I can check so my tax dollars won't go to pay for this?

When you don't call things by their real name, you always get in trouble. And this administration, so fearful of being accused of Islamophobia, is refusing to make any link to radical Islam from the recent explosions of violence against civilians (most of them Muslims) by Boko Haram in Nigeria, by the Taliban in Pakistan, by al-Qaeda in Paris, and by jihadists in Yemen and Iraq. We've entered the theater of the absurd.

I would never hold every Muslim accountable for the acts of a few. But it is not good for us or the Muslim world to pretend that this spreading jihadist violence isn't coming out of their faith community.
(New York Times)

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