Thursday, November 19, 2015

Paris Attacks: Terrorism and the Cannibalization of Social Cohesion

From Tammy Swofford at the seasonally appropriate Turkey Tribune:
Friday the 13th dawned as any other day in the City of Lights. Members of this cosmopolitan city awakened as usual to eat breakfast and dispatch children to school. Citizens and resident guests boarded the underground and bus system and headed to work. Restaurants and entertainment venues prepared for the beginning of end-of-week entertainment cycles. In obscure quarters focused and committed men prepared for their entertainment of choice: the human hunt. 
Before dawn would break across the city again one-hundred and twenty-nine humans would be dead and another 350 injured. 
A significant number would suffer catastrophic injuries. We learn “the majority of those involved in this attack were unknown to our security services” (French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve). 
A potential 19 individuals participated in the attacks and a handful of others provided logistical support. 
The killing of the innocent was methodical. As the hunt came to a close, six men detonated suicide belts and one was killed by police gunfire. 
The UK convenes an emergency COBRA meeting. The Greek Defense Minister proclaims this is “September 11 for Europe” and it is a “game-changer for the bloc”. 
Call it a bloc. 
At this point I prefer to call Europe an easily disassembled LEGO Empire. 
Terrorism is not just about bloodshed. It is about the destabilization of peaceful population groups. Democracy is governance by the willing. 
Apparently, there are more than a few who remain unwilling to embrace democracy as a healthy form of governance; a social compact accepted by our majority. 
Don’t kid yourself. You are no longer safe.


Anonymous said...

Quote: "A potential 19 individuals participated in the attacks"

eerie coincidence - the nineteen involved on 9/11

Anonymous said...

We are no longer safe. But from where comes our greatest threat?

Short of a WMD, only a small fraction of a population are directly harmed by such attacks. The larger result is, as Mencken put it, "a populace clamoring to be led to safety."

And who leads us to safety and how? Big brother government, that's who.

And who wants to saturate our nation with these "refugees"? Coincidence?

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous:

Yes, only a small fraction are harmed. But statistics count if you are part of the statistic.

Would you have been laid out on the floor of the Bataclan Theater having your innards cut out and your throat sliced.... you know where I am going with this.

Those burying the dead do not view them as a small percentage. They are viewed as wives, mothers, husbands, lovers, sons and daughters.

Tammy Swofford

Anonymous said...


My point was not to belittle the dead and wounded of a terror attack, only to demonstrate why a collectivist government may be inclined to allow such events to happen on a manageable scale.