29th July 2010
Following the murder of one of its citizens in Africa, France has declared war on Al-Qaeda and matched its fighting words with a first attack on a base camp of the terror network’s North African branch, after the terror network killed a French aid worker it took hostage in April.
The declaration and attack marked a shift in strategy for France, usually discrete about its behind-the-scenes battle against terrorism.
“We are at war with al-Qaida,” Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Tuesday, a day after President Nicolas Sarkozy announced the death of 78-year-old hostage Michel Germaneau.
Quite what that George Bush- sounding declaration means is harder to work out. In the past declaring war has always meant one territorial area against another. THAT is what is different about today’s “war” against parts of a political-religion. That is what Tony Blair meant when he said “the kaleidoscope has been shaken, the pieces are in flux – let us re-order this world.”
From the ‘hearts that bleed’ – a phrase pinched from Melanie Phillips in her eye-opening “Londonistan” – we have long heard the “it’s OUR fault” – sorry – “Blair’s fault” that Britain and Britons are attacked by upset Muslims. It’s all about Iraq, the bleeders tell us.
If, they opine ignorantly, if only we’d just left the sweeties to sort out their own backyard without barging in there on the tailcoats of GW Bush we’d never have been attacked by fundamentalist Islamists on 7/7 or at any time. They LOVED us before that, don’t you know? Sweethearts.
It was always a cock and bull story. So, in time-honoured fashion, it was leapt upon as the troof by our useless press. The cock-and-bull is clear when you look at the 49 countries which didn’t ‘go in there’ – (to Iraq) – and have still suffered at the hands of fundamentalist killers.
France is NOT on that list. Nor is Germany. Nor is Pakistan, nor is Yemen, nor is Mali, nor is Jordan. And, of course, nor is IRAQ! And yet Iraqis – Muslims – are still being killed by those who are either Al-Qaeda or Taleban linked. If you still can’t see the picture – join the dots.
[Just as an aside, and perhaps, as part of the bigger picture it is worth noting that Turkey remains on the list despite reneging on its support before the war began and denying U.S. forces passage to its border with Iraq during the invasion.]
But France did participate in the war in Afghanistan. So perhaps THAT’s what’s done for them. Yeah, right.
This site – The Religion of Peace – for those with eyes to see, gives you an idea what the world is up against. The WORLD. Not just those who put their principles and their countries’ names and soldiers on the line for freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I repeat here that I do not believe that all Muslims are terrorists. Far from it. I DO believe, because I can read, that people who say they are ‘doing Allah’s work’ are almost daily murdering others worldwide.
It is some job to wage war or even declare war on a group such as this. And France is on a hiding to nothing in many ways. But perhaps at last some in the west are waking up to the fact that there IS a clash of civilisations.
Until we can work out how to get the average peace-loving AND democracy-supporting Muslim on OUR side AND to stand up and be counted against their uncivilised fellow-travellers we will not have begun to solve the issue.
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A recent comment from an Albanian, Mr Leonard Dedej from Tirana – “It takes big leaders to make the hardest turns in peoples life…mr Blair is a big leader and a great man for millions of people in Balkans!!!for stopping a savage war!about Iraq I believe that the press wherever it is has not the right to judge on this issue because it simply is to small to judge!!history will judge mr Blair!as long as it is an ongoing war no one can blame mr Blair,after all he started something for a big reason..the press its often wrong because it fights for audience!!!”