Valin Posted January 8, 2015 Share Posted January 8, 2015 NY Post: Amir Taher Jan. 7 2015 PARIS — It was shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday when a small enclave off one of Paris’ large boulevards close to the Place de la Bastilles was shaken with bursts of gunfire and cries of “Allah is the greatest” and “The Prophet is avenged.” Within minutes, people who rushed to their windows and balconies to see what was going on realized that the long-threatened jihadi operation against Paris was under way. (Snip) In 2013, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius distanced the French government from the weekly’s in-your-face criticism of Islamism and Islam and warned Charlie Hebdo not to push provocation too far. Wednesday’s attack must have been carefully planned and based on some inside information. For it came precisely as Charlie’s weekly editorial meeting was under way with a maximum turnout of writers, cartoonists and editors. (Snip) In the context of a so-called “Arab Policy,” successive administrations have also banked on the illusion that, by casting France as the sole Western friend of “the Arab and Muslim masses,” they would buy security while also benefiting from business opportunities. (Snip) Wednesday’s horror is a bitter lesson on the limits of this strategy of appeasement. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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