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Paris Massacre: Seven Questions and Facts

I am not sure what I can add to the horror in Paris that folks like Andy McCarthy, Ben Shapiro and Ed Driscoll haven't already said.  But a few things come to mind.

1. Gitmo Works.

We learned today that Paris barbarian Cherif Kouachi was sentenced some time ago in France for terrorist recruitment.  He got a whopping three years, and all but 18 months were suspended.  It seems the Gitmo model is the better model.  Not surprisingly, President Obama is obsessed with shutting it down.  Indefinite detention or life detention without any chance of release seem the better punishments for terrorists.  The recidivism rate among these young male jihadists is beyond our measures.  It's time that they are put behind bars, forever, when they are caught.

2. Islamic Evil Is Rising.

Barbarians who believe they are acting consistent with Islamic teaching are an existential threat to civilization now and in the foreseeable future.  We've heard this so often since September 11, that it is easy to lose sight of the civilizational struggle that reawakened in Iran in 1979.

Are the barbarians in Paris acting in accordance with Islam, or contrary to Islam? Does it really matter? They will tell you they are acting in accordance with Islam.  They will mouth prayers from that religion as they kill.

Unfortunately, this civilizational friction between the west and Islam has ebbed and flowed across the centuries.  It is nothing new.  Islam threatened the gates of Vienna and the Crusades reached the Holy Land.  Anyone who thinks history stops is delusional.

There is one and only one answer to this: reformation.  Islam must reform the same way Christianity reformed and matured centuries ago.  The strained attempts by some to claim Christians have a similar theological justification for violence against non-Christians are purely delusional.  King John does not represent Christian theology of the last few centuries (not that anyone on the left understands this).

3. Evil Is Rising and the Alarm Is Ignored.

It is natural to downplay any gathering storm.  Nobody wants to believe the future could be bloodier than the past. The future is always under control, until it isn't.

How many more beheadings, schoolhouse massacres, exploding airplanes, exploding cafes, threats, stabbings, mutilations, vengeance murders  and bloodbaths will it take to awaken the good and mighty in our civilization? Will the cold-blooded execution of a Paris policeman do it? I doubt it.  Nothing else has.

Churchill experienced the frustration of having a decade of warnings ignored by the media, the British public and even his own Tory party.  It took a calamity for the alarm to be heard. In the West in 2015, even calamity seems inadequate.