I'm sure that you are all watching news coverage of the coordinated series of terror attacks in Paris
. An Agence France Presse reporter just now told MSNBC News that more than 100 people were killed in the Bataclan convert hall, where a band from California called the Eagles of Death Metal
played to a packed house. There were also shootings in the street and in restaurants -- and explosions at a sports arena where President Hollande was in attendance. (He was unharmed.)
BBC reported that a migrant camp in Calais was on fire. This report now appears to be false. It is worth noting, however, that this migrant camp houses refugees from ISIS atrocities in Syria and Iraq. Earlier today, RT broadcast a very strange report
The media has mostly focused on the Calais camp, dubbed the 'Jungle', but there are many others. RT's Poly Boiko went to one of them and found that refugees have been leaving amid fears Islamist extremists and former ISIS members have moved in.
One likely result of these terror attacks is increased European hostility to the refugees. In essence, the victims of terror will be blamed for the actions of their victimizers.
Cable TV coverage has emphasized repeatedly that these attacks came as a complete surprise to our intelligence community. Therefore, it also seems likely that this outrage will result in lessened restrictions on NSA eavesdropping.
Terrorism, classically, is a tactic employed to achieve a specific goal. Although the most reactionary elements of French and American society will clearly benefit from this parade of obscenities, I can't see what the perpetrators can possibly hope to gain. We have heard no demands; we can discern no clear motive. If terror exists solely for its own sake, should it even be called terror? We need an even stronger word to describe such madness.
France 24 is reporting that all of the attackers -- in all locations -- are dead.
It is reported that the terrorists in the Bataclan concert hall wore explosive vests which they detonated as the Parisian SWAT team entered. I'm sure that the tactics employed by those cops will be subjected to much scrutiny.
From the NYT
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, tells The Associated Press he was not aware of any chatter pointing to the Paris attacks ahead of time.
Let's be very suspicious if we start to hear reports of "chatter" tomorrow or the next day.
Schiff says it is unclear who was responsible for the attacks, but says the Islamic State group and al-Qaida are "distinct possibilities" — with the Islamic State more likely.
Remember: High-level American officials sought to reclassify Al Qaeda in Syria as "moderates."
Hollande has officially blamed ISIS
. A right-wing source
claims that the terrorists announced that they were motivated by "Syria."
Moon of Alabama
reminds us that most or all of the arms sent by "the west" to rebel groups in Syria have ended up in the hands of the ISIS/al Qaeda jihadis. Committed to the ISIS goal
of removing Assad, Hollande
has armed the "moderate" Syrian rebels -- even though, as we've seen in many previous posts, those moderates are largely fictional (a point conceded by presidential aspirant Ted Cruz
has called for airstrikes in Syria. John McCain has advocated arming the rebels with surface-to-air missiles, while Hillary Clinton
and most of the GOP candidates
are talking about a "no fly" zone over Syria.
Given this background, the attacks on Paris start to make sense.
An outraged public will insist on doing something, no matter how counter-productive that "something" might be. Under the pretext of fighting ISIS, the western powers will create a "no fly" zone in Syria. The public will cheer this move without understanding one all-important fact:
ISIS has no air force.
A no-fly zone can succeed only in grounding the jets of Assad and Putin, which have been pounding the daylights out of ISIS and Al Qaeda, even though our lying media has repeatedly stated otherwise. (In retaliation for Russia's effective airstrikes, ISIS is now threatening Russia
, and may have taken down that Russian jet over Sinai.)
Syrian/Russian airstrikes have turned the tide of war against the jihadis. By removing that factor, the United States will give the jihadis a clear path to victory.
Tomorrow, Obama and Hollande will tell the world that they
are going to step up efforts against the jihadis. Gore Vidal once gave
some sound advice: Never pay attention to what politicians say
. Pay attention to what they do
Here's my prediction: The infuriated (and easily duped) citizens of both France and the United States -- operating under the delusion that their leaders intend to fight ISIS -- will allow those leaders to take actions designed to bring ISIS and al Qaeda to power in Syria.
Irony of history or Machiavellian scheme? You make the call.