Some Links On The Paris Attacks

Via the BBC:

Attack sites:

  • Bataclan concert venue, 50 boulevard Voltaire, 11th district – hostages held

  • Le Carillon, 18 rue Alibert, 10th district – gun attack

  • Le Petit Cambodge, 20 rue Alibert, 10th district – gun attack

  • La Belle Equipe, 92 rue de Charonne, 11th district – gun attack

  • Near Stade de France, St Denis, just north of Paris – reported suicide attack near venue as France v Germany football match played

  • Reports of gunfire at at least one other site



The Atlantic has some decent coverage

First thoughts:  I doubt this will be enough to shake political, cultural and institutional investment in what I see as misguided idealism gathered under secular humanist banners.  That is to say:  There is a lack of common sense when it comes to reasonable threat assessment regarding Islamic terrorism.

There also seems a lack of honest reflection about the gap between post Enlightenment Europe and Islam in general, and post-Enlightenment Europe and Islamic immigration in particular; where radical actors can be bred within European cities.  I’d love to see more open debate regarding the carrying capacity members of European societies come to decide they can maintain; thus meeting their demand for cheap labor, their own low birth-rates, and the desperate need found in much of the rest of the world.

Addition:  If you’re going to let people in, then how will you integrate them, and where are you all headed together?  What are the best ways to ease the natural tensions that result?

Whom should you let in and what restrictions should you have?  How do you balance national security interests within the EU, and how much do you invest in military power, and thus, security in order to combat radical Islam?

Thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.  A quick and ignoble death to the terrorists.

Related On This Site: Ayan Hirsi Ali has used the ideals of the West (especially women’s rights) to potentially confront Islam; which has served her politically as well:  Repost-Ayan Hirsi Ali At The CSM: ‘Swiss Ban On Minarets Was A Vote For Tolerance And Inclusion’

Is Islam incompatibile with freedom as we define it here in the West, or is this a false choice?:  From YouTube: Roger Scruton On Religious Freedom, Islam & Atheism

Update And Repost: Via Youtube-Uncommon Knowledge With Fouad Ajami And Charles Hill

Michael Moynihan

Repost: Kenan Malik In The Spiked Review Of Books: ‘Twenty Years On: Internalizing The Fatwa’-Salman Rushdie’Paul Berman At The New Republic: ‘From September 11 to the Arab Spring: Do Ideas Matter?’From Foreign Affairs: ‘Al Qaeda After Attiyya’….From The AP: ‘Al-Awlaki: From Voice For Jihad To Al-Qaida Figure’From Slate: ‘In Aleppo, Syria, Mohamed Atta Thought He Could Build The Ideal Islamic City’From The NY Times: Review Of Christopher Caldwell’s Book “Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West”And:  Philip Bobbitt Discusses His Book ‘Terror And Consent’ On Bloggingheads

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