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- "Obama sticks to his unloaded guns and won't send troops to the Middle East as he says Paris attack was a 'setback' – but Hollande challenges him to 'join our forces' in battle"--Daily Mail.
Hollande invited the U.S. to 'join our forces' in battle.
But Obama is sticking to his unloaded guns, despite calling ISIS 'the face of evil' with 'fantasies of glory.'
- "France could commit the foreign legion to Syria and could invoke NATO Article 5 requiring joint NATO action"--Next Big Future. "White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said Sunday that the United States would back France calling for Article 5."
- "The Giant is restless"--Survival UK. Skean Dhude gives his thoughts on the attack in France, and the reaction, so far, from the UK.
- "Paris attacks"--Le Survivaliste. And some thoughts from a French survivalist:
To manage and absorb shocks, we must toughen the only common denominator was all tragedy: the citizen.
If the intervention teams have their place and their role to play, citizens must also have its role to play since it is above all a question of its own security, and more broadly of his life.
- Related: "Putin vows payback after confirmation of Egypt plane bomb"--Reuters.
- "A War About Nothing"--Stephen Green:
The jihadis fight as though they mean to conquer the world, although their reach exceeds their grasp.
We fight as though there’s no point or even any need to win, although we could. In our War About Nothing, we cripple our own intelligence, open our borders, and comfort ourselves with false hopes about the efficacy of a phony air war against a canny enemy.
We may lack the will, but we do not lack the means. God help us if we ever allow the situation to deteriorate to the point where our choices are either suicide [or] genocide.
- "We brought this on ourselves: After Paris, it is time to square our “values” with our history"--Salon. Says the author: "The West's behaved horrifically in Middle East for decades. We can't be surprised by Paris. Let's look in a mirror." The author is correct that the West has brought much of this upon ourselves, but not for the reasons he supposes. The Middle-East has always been violent and warlike--this is not something that the West injected into the picture. But the West did bring modern medicine and agricultural production, and its resultant population explosion, to the Middle-East. The West brought other technology to the Middle-East, including transportation and communications, that have facilitated this war of terror. The West provided the money and technical know-how to develop the oil fields of the Middle-East, which funds this war of terror. The West defeated the Ottoman Empire in the First World War, freeing the Middle-East from the clutches of the Turks (although the Ottoman Empire was teetering and probably would have collapsed of its own accord within a few decades, anyway). The West has used considerable restraint in responding to attacks. The West has refused to impose its culture and religion on the Middle-East. The West has opened itself as a refuge to those from the Middle-East seeking a better life. So, yes, in a way the actions of the West (i.e., its beneficence) have contributed to the current situation.
- The failure of gun control: "Continental Europe is reportedly awash with automatic firearms orginiating [sic] from the Balkan wars of the 1990s and the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Belgium, a country with a population of 11 million, has around 900,000 firearms in circulation," reports the Telegraph. Only, the guns are in the hands of the wrong people.
- "‘If you don’t like this country, why the f*** did you come here?’ Impassioned speech by Muslim decries ISIS terrorists for trying to impose Sharia law on the West"--Daily Mail. Unfortunately, this man seems the exception. If only there were more like him....
- Meanwhile, back in the United States: "#BlackLivesMatter Protesters Disrupt Students in Library: ‘F*ck You, You Filthy White F*cks!’"--Mediaite. Obviously BLM is not a big fan of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People. Their strategy seems to be to offend the inoffensive.
- "Homebuilder cranks out a DIY railgun that rockets projectiles at 27,000 joules"--Guns.com. More videos of the science experiment in action.
- "Military Arms Channel Gets is Paws on Beretta M9A3"--The Firearms Blog. Most of these are changes that should and could have been made some time ago.
- "INTERVIEW: Tim “Nailer” Foley of Arizona Border Recon"--Forward Observer.