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The France/Jihadist Critical Mass

A sizable and growing part of France is in a state of virtual secession, if not virtual civil war.

by
Michel Gurfinkiel

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June 3, 2013 - 12:01 am
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On May 25, a 21-year-old soldier named Cédric Cordiez was stabbed in the neck in the La Defense district of Paris. He survived, but the aggressor’s intention was clearly to kill him (possibly even to sever his head). Four days later, a suspect referred to as Alexandre D., a 22 year-old-convert to Islam, was arrested. He confessed to having acted “on religious grounds.”

The Cordiez case is quite similar to the public killing and beheading in London of Lee Rigby, a British soldier, on May 22. One of Rigby’s murderers, Michael Adebolajo, a 28-year-old British-African convert to Islam, claimed to have acted in order to retaliate against the British military operations “against Muslims” in Afghanistan. “It is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,”  he said before being arrested by the police. “We swear by Allah Almighty that we will never stop fighting you.”

Manuel Valls, the French interior minister, drew another, even scarier, parallel: he mentioned Mohamed Merah, the deadliest jihadist terrorist to have operated in France so far.

A French citizen of Algerian descent, Merah shot eight people in eight days last year, from March 11 to March 19: seven were killed on the spot, one survived as a quadriplegic. The victims were selected according to clear criteria. Merah first targeted “defectors “: young men of North African or Caribbean origin serving in the French military (and thus likely to fight or to have fought other Muslims in places like Afghanistan or Mali). Then he murdered Jews (since Jews are deemed to be, as a race, enemies of Islam): three preteen children and a teacher at a Jewish school.

“There are several dozens, perhaps even several hundred, potential Merahs in our country,” Valls somberly observed during a press conference on May 29. Indeed, investigations linked to the bombing on September 19, 2012, of a kosher shop in Sarcelles led the police, one month later, to a ramified Islamist network involved in stockpiling weapons and explosive material and in gathering information about Jewish personalities and organizations. Sources say that several other networks have been found since then.

However, some wonder whether the French police and security agencies are indeed “discovering” radical and seditious groups and individuals or just dealing more seriously with groups and individuals they already knew. The fact is that both Merah and Alexandre D. had been followed closely for years and identified as security risks prior to their crimes. The police and the agencies were aware that Merah had extensively traveled to no less than 25 Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Far Eastern, and African countries, including Afghanistan. They even had been briefed negatively about him by the Pakistani and American security agencies. Nevertheless, they had not taken steps against him.

As for Alexandre D. — or Abdelillah, as he insisted on being called after his conversion — Le Monde reports that he was put on file as early as February 20 by SDIG, the special branch of DCRI (the domestic security agency) that monitors Islamist activities. Nothing was done to prevent him from taking action.

Why not? One answer is that democratic countries are not supposed to arrest or intern citizens on the mere suspicion that they might be involved in crimes in the future. Another answer is that preventive action can be counterproductive, as any police department knows: as soon as you arrest suspects, other suspects, or criminals yet undetected, go into hiding.

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I too must respectfully disagree. We can hold Islam to the same standards expected of other religions -- worship God in your own way, but adhere to the laws of the land. In other words, crimes committed in the name of your religion will be prosecuted fully.

The key is that this must be enforced -- and the longer we wait to do it, the heavier the butcher's bill will be.

Quite frankly, I don't care about real or imagined past atrocities by Christians, Muslims, or Amish pacifists. I care that they be held accountable for their actions NOW, and be considered equal before the law NOW.

Equal treatment by the law is the bedrock of civilized society; the Romans were clear on this a long time ago. Violent Muslim extremists clearly believe that they are a category apart. We should not dignify their behavior by agreeing with them.
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Which is why the US is NOT a democracy, it's a Republic. In theory, at least. Isn't it interesting how the Progressives have been trying to move us away from being a Republic and towards pure democracy, since FDR? (e.g. the 17th Amendment).
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There is no such thing as radical Islam. According to the Turkish PM, "There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that's it."
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" Another answer is that preventive action can be counterproductive,..."

That's true only if done selectively. The key as was proven in New York is enforcing all of the laws from jaywalking to murder all of the time.
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The multicultural experiment has failed. The dominant culture should give immigrant populations the modern equivalent of same options Europe gave the Moors: assimilate or leave!
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Modern Science and the Scientific Method owes its existnece to Islam.
Watch the BBC Documentary: Science and Islam and PBS Documentary: Islam - An Empire of Faith.
The Holy Quran says the unbelievers are trying to extinguish the Light of Islam from their mouths. The West is trying to extinguish the light of Islam by puffing. Their missiles are just a puff. Islam shall return.
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D youts just need a j-o-b.
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After all the denunciations of Israel for it's security policies, these schmucks in Europe are creating the same situations for themselves with Gaza Strips and West Banks littering their European Christian nation states. And they will be adopting all the security policies that Israel has, security fences, road blocks, combatting tunnels, Iron Dome shields, blockades...and so on and so forth.

The fools.
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'Why not? One answer is that democratic countries are not supposed to arrest or intern citizens on the mere suspicion that they might be involved in crimes in the future. Another answer is that preventive action can be counterproductive, as any police department knows: as soon as you arrest suspects, other suspects, or criminals yet undetected, go into hiding."

Perhaps things are different in France perhaps the sky is green.


First, it is not a question of suspicion but rather actual action, and involvement. Monitoring is the key.

The second point is just silly, unless France is in another dimension. You want to break up their groups. If they are on the run, they really can't do much. Before you do anything, you wait to see who all is involved. Another issue is simply by running you learn something about others involved. Say they get refuge in a mosque, you got more to go on.

I would suspect that this article is more a narrative driven call for inaction, than an attempt to discuss the problem.

The easiest thing would be simply to enforce immigration laws, and trim public assistance to anyone not following the letter of the law. At some point someone is going to show that these people cost more than they produce, then if history is a guide, they will be gone.
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I've always believed in freedom to worship as one chooses, but I'm beginning to believe that freedom should be limited to non-Muslims. I know historically Christianity was responsible for great evil. That is no excuse for the evil perpetrated in the name of modern Islam.
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I too must respectfully disagree. We can hold Islam to the same standards expected of other religions -- worship God in your own way, but adhere to the laws of the land. In other words, crimes committed in the name of your religion will be prosecuted fully.

The key is that this must be enforced -- and the longer we wait to do it, the heavier the butcher's bill will be.

Quite frankly, I don't care about real or imagined past atrocities by Christians, Muslims, or Amish pacifists. I care that they be held accountable for their actions NOW, and be considered equal before the law NOW.

Equal treatment by the law is the bedrock of civilized society; the Romans were clear on this a long time ago. Violent Muslim extremists clearly believe that they are a category apart. We should not dignify their behavior by agreeing with them.
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Respectfully disagree. Christianity was not ever responsible for great evil. Some men committed great evil, and in some cases tried to hide their guilt under a misstatement of Christian principles. No different then O.

Islam's evil, however, is Koranic.

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That post also reminds me: Gurfinkiel, you're conservative, right? Well, change the name of your Conservative institute, since Rousseau is as much of a "conservative" as Lindsey Lohan is likely to permanently cure herself from her drug addictions and escapades (meaning, a snowball's chance in hell that he is), especially seeing how he is the founder of the Left-Wing.
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And also, Gurfinkiel, yes, Democratic countries ARE supposed to "arrest or intern citizens on the mere suspicion that they might be involved in crimes in the future." I know because that's EXACTLY what the French did during the French Revolution, the one that actually created Democracy as it set out to do.
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