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.GO READ THE WHOLE THING.