Nov. 16, 2015
On Friday night, French President Francois Hollande said, “To all those who have seen these awful things, I want to say we are going to lead a war which will be pitiless.”
Further comment from someone’s Facebook post:
I know moments like this are times for solidarity and reflection, not politics, But I can’t help thinking about what French president Francois Holland said, following the horrific attacks in Paris yesterday:
“This is an act of war. Our response will be merciless.”
I can’t have heard that right….
What I should have heard was:
“Our response will be measured”, or
“Our response will be proportionate”, or
“Our response will show restraint and show regard for innocent Caliphate lives while at the same time acknowledging that the Islamic State may have some legitimate concerns that will need to be addressed”.
But I didn’t hear that… Not at all…
I also didn’t hear anybody warning France that, at most, they must kill a maximum of 127 Jihadis and not a single one above that, else it will have been a disproportionate response, tantamount to a war crime.
I didn’t hear John Kerry calling for both France and ISIS to lay down their weapons and go to the negotiating table – as if they are equals.
I didn’t hear the UN Security Council calling for an emergency session to pass a resolution condemning France for its planned ‘merciless’ response.
And the reason I did not hear any of that is because such a scenario would be absurd, irrational and outrageous beyond measure.
People understand that, if indeed Holland honours his promise, there will be collateral damage. Not because France disregards innocent lives but because it is an integral part of Jihadi ideology to use women, children, the elderly and the infirm as human shields. There will undoubtedly be innocents in the Caliphate that will die as a result – and ISIS will use its social media machine to publicize that. And yet, everyone (except for the many Jihadi-sympathizers in the far-Left) understands this is simply the tragic reality of war.
In moments like this everyone understands that the citizens of France have a human right to live in peace and its government has a moral duty to protect its people, no matter the cost.
In moments like this everyone finally understands, if only momentarily, that Islamism is a cancer – and you don’t coexist with a cancer, you don’t appease a cancer, you don’t make goodwill gestures to a cancer and you don’t go to the negotiating table with a cancer. You destroy the cancer or the cancer destroys you.
In moments like this everyone understands that the only way to defeat evil is to stand up to evil.
Except, of course, when it comes to Israel. In that case, none of the above applies and nobody understands a damn thing.