ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks and promises more of the same
The style of the attack was in line with the Islamic State’s tactic of indiscriminate killings and goes against Al Qaeda’s guidelines. In a 2013 directive, the leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, stated that Qaeda operatives should avoid attacks that could inadvertently cause the death of Muslim civilians and noncombatant women or children.
Wait. Is my memory failing? Wasn't it just yesterday when David Petraeus and other neocons were saying that the United States should arm
My memory is not playing tricks on me. See here
: "Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda Fighters to Beat ISIS." And here
: "Ex-CIA chief David Petraeus pitches plan to use al Qaeda in battle against ISIS." Of course, when Petraeus talks about using Al Qaeda to fight ISIS, he's really
saying that we should use Al Qaeda to unseat Bashar Assad, the elected leader of Syria. Petraeus knows full well that Al Qaeda won't fight ISIS because the two jihadist groups are, in fact, partners (as the NYT just now conceded -- thanks, NYT!).
By the way: The Charlie Hebdo attack was attributed to Al Qaeda. You know what that means? David Petraeus n'est pas Charlie.
Raw Story published a compendium of ugly, stupid Twitter reactions from leading conservatives. In the interest of a false notion of fairness, RS ended with the following tweet from a non-conservative source:
At least 39 dead in French terror attacks this evening. France has closed borders. US, UK, France fed ISIS. Not so funny now, is it?
6:31 PM - 13 Nov 2015
What, I ask you, is wrong with that statement?
The inevitable false flag theory.
By now, we all know how the conspiracy buff mindset works: "Did something happen? FALSE FLAG!" Ah, my little munchkins: I am old and grey, and I can recall a time when even the most desperate fear-junkies felt constrained to come up with a few scattered shards of evidence
before making such a claim. Good times, those were. Good times.
Paul Craig Roberts
makes the FF case, and some of what he says is worth quoting:
Possibly believable evidence will be presented that the Paris attacks were real terrorist attacks. However, what do refugees have to gain from making themselves unwelcome with acts of violence committed against the host country, and where do refugees in France obtain automatic weapons and bombs? Indeed, where would the French themselves obtain them?
The millions of refugees from Washington’s wars who are overrunning Europe are bringing to the forefront of European politics the anti-EU nationalists parties, such as Pegida in Germany, Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party, and Marine Le Pen’s National Front Party in France. These anti-EU political parties are also anti-immigrant political parties.
The latest French poll shows that, as a result of the refugees from Washington’s wars, Marine Le Pen has come out on top of the candidates for the next French presidential election.
You don't have to agree with the FF theory to admit that Roberts' primary question -- where did the weapons come from?
-- is both reasonable and pertinent. However, it is also quite difficult to look for answers. How does
a potential terrorist go about the task of acquiring automatic weaponry and grenades in France? My first instinct was to Google the issue. Then the thought occurred to me: Will searching on those terms trigger alarm bells at the NSA?
It's amusing to compare Roberts' question to those ugly conservative tweets compiled by Raw Story. Here's Newt Gingrich:
Imagine a theater with 10 or 15 citizens with concealed carry permits. We live in an age when evil men have to be killed by good people
This has become one of the most popular right-wing talking points: I bet those snooty French now wish that they didn't have such restrictive gun laws
. Nope. Right now, many French people are looking for ways to make it harder
to get guns. Why? Because many French people are asking the same question that Paul Craig Roberts asked.
I don't think that many French citizens relish the thought of allowing young idiots to pack heat when they attend heavy metal concerts. The French are sensible enough to understand what would happen if a few numbskull metal-heads -- armed with .22s, and buzzed on wine and ecstasy -- started to fire at jihadi maniacs toting machine guns and wearing explosive vests.
By the way: France's only aircraft carrier
is on the way to the Middle East. France now has all the excuse it needs to attack Russian and Syrian forces under the pretext of attack ISIS. If that happens, the false flaggers will have a vastly improved argument.