“Outrageous.” “A heartbreaking situation.” No, these are not statements being made regarding the recent gang-banger-induced shooting of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee. They’re the words being uttered by President Barack Obama about the November 13, 2015, terrorist attacks in Paris. Perhaps the harshest sentiment conveyed by Obama was the moment he referred to the murders as “an act on all of humanity” but when it comes right down to it, the POTUS has taken his typical mild stance following the Paris attacks.
Not so for French President Francois Hollande, who did not hesitate before denouncing the blatantly coordinated attacks as “an act of war.” Hollande declared three days of national mourning time, but he also declared something else: a “merciless” response from France against its attackers. “France will be merciless towards these barbarians from Daesh,” he promised during a press conference. And in just one sentence, Hollande accomplished three things: he made his intentions of a deservedly harsh reaction clear, accurately described the terrorists as the uncivilized monsters they are, and gave ISIS the equivalent of the verbal finger. Outstanding, President Hollande.
“Daesh” is a term used as in reference to ISIS most often by Arab states, but there are those in Europe who sometimes use it as well. It’s far less commonly heard in our current administration, although current Secretary of State John Kerry has used it at times. So what does “Daesh” mean?
The word has its roots not in the English language but in Arabic. ISIS is an acronym for English-speakers and, as most now know, stands for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, although ISIL – Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – is a bit more accurate. Daesh is based on an acronym, too; Daesh is a transliteration – meaning it’s text that’s been converted from one script to another. In this particular case, Daesh – D.A.E.SH. – is a transliteration of an acronym from the Arabic language, the Arabic acronym for ISIS. In Arabic the words are “al-dowla al-islaamiyya fii-il—i’raaq wa-ash-shaam” and it is technically not a neutral statement; it’s an insult.
NBC News contributor Evan Kohlmann, whose specialty is national security analysis, summarizes “Daesh” thusly: “It’s a derogatory term and not something people should use even if you dislike them. It would be like referring to the Germans as ‘Huns’.” It’s fascinating that Kohlmann chose the comparison of a “Hun” reference to denounce the use of “Daesh.” After all, the term “Huns” goes back to the Hunnic Empire of none other than Attila the Hun who could easily and accurately be described as the most well-known warlord of all time. To the Romans, Attila was known as a barbarian, and to history he is known as a vile megalomaniac who cut a bloody swath across multiple empires. Attila’s name tends to be mentioned in the same breath as other infamous historical figures such as Genghis Khan and, yes, Hitler. During World War I Nazis were often referred to as Huns due to their cold brutality and mercilessness, not to mention the bloodthirsty calculation of their leader, so perhaps it’s the perfect comparison for the use of “Daesh” after all. Insult the killers? How dare you!
Of course, how a word or phrase is used matters, too. Depending on its conjugation, Daesh can actually be translated as “to trample down and crush” which would imply strength in those given the label. However, that is not how it is typically meant. No, those slinging the word “Daesh” around tend to mean it as the other translation: “bigot.” Terrorists hate the phrase so much ISIS has sworn to cut the tongues from anyone who dares to speak the word. Apparently their threats mean nothing to Hollande – or do they?
France has been ground zero for numerous terrorist attacks lately, all of which have claimed Islamic ties. From the 2004 bombing of the Indonesian Embassy in Paris to the 2014 Joue-les-Tours stabbing of a police officer to the 2014 vehicular homicides in Dijon and Nantes, France has been under Islamic siege for some time. Then there were the horrific shootings at Charlie Hebdo and the Saint-Quentin-Fallavier beheading of Yassine Salhi, who was of North African descent. Let’s not forget the attempted mass shooting on the Thalys train last August which was only thwarted thanks to intervention by a few passengers, two of whom were American service members (Army National Guard and US Air Force, both active duty, and one of whom had just returned from being deployed to Afghanistan). This is just the tip of France’s Islamic iceberg; the attacks have been many, and retaliation on the part of the French has been all but nonexistent. Despite Hollande’s insistence of a “merciless” response and his stellar use of “Daesh,” it would seem France does nothing but give its attackers sanctuary.
The No-Go Zones of France, which are under Muslim control – meaning Sharia Law is openly recognized and French law enforcement has no power – are hotly disputed by some despite ample evidence of their existence. Not only are there videos, audio recordings, photographs, and unending personal witnesses willing to give their own rather terrifying accounts, but the French government took it upon itself to warn its citizens and visitors of these areas. There are not one or two of these areas, either; at last count there were 751 of these so-called Urbaines Sensibles – sensitive urban areas. They’re specifically outlined by street names, and a decade ago there were 5 million people living in those areas – a number that has since grown. The French government spent the time, energy, and, undoubtedly, the finances, necessary to create this detailed list, and they’ve been admitting those zones exist since 1996. And yet they become horribly offended at the slightest suggestion they’ve given in to Muslim demands. In fact, Parisian mayor Anne Hidalgo threatened to sue Fox News last winter for the labeling of the Urbaines Sensibles as Sharia-Law controlled No-Go Zones. It seems to be a case of the French lady doth protest too much.
One Frenchman came forward with a lengthy account of his own experiences with the Muslim-controlled areas, detailing his being barred from a building for lack of being Muslim before moving on to much darker territory. He continued: “And this is how it goes in these no-go zones. These Islamist gangsters steal, deal drugs, harass women who are not dressed properly, burn cars, and drink, and if you live there and ever complain, you will take a huge beating!
I have a friend whose sister was raped in an elevator. The family wanted to go to the police, but the thugs who raped her sister caught her brother and burned cigarettes on his tongue. They warned him that if he ever talked, they would all be finished. Girls get raped and burned in garbage cans in these places. Ilan Halimi was held captive for weeks in places like these.
There are no rules there, especially not for Jews. A Jew in these areas can take a beating at any time! The police do not go in unless they come with huge backup. If a police car gets lost there, it will get smashed to pieces! They provoke fires, so that the firemen come and get stoned!
But I can tell you that living in these places is no picnic, and all these fake politicians can go live there and see if they can hold on for 10 minutes.”
So while it may be true that there are no formally designated “no-go” zones, there are absolutely areas where non-Muslims fear to tread and law enforcement and first responders alike are without power, openly threatened and unwanted. 751 of these areas, and counting, according to France itself (for the record, there is also rampant evidence of these No-Go Zones in Britain, Germany, and Sweden, among others). Call them what you like, but Sharia Law isn’t a list of rules for kickball, and these dangerous areas continue to grow due in large part to the seemingly hands-off policies of many governments.
Do not misunderstand: there is absolutely no excuse for acts of terrorism whether they’re carried out in France, Afghanistan, or America. Complacency on the part of a country does not equal a free pass for those hell-bent on murdering and terrorizing innocent people, but it does present a spectacular breeding ground for such behavior.
Businessman Andy Grove once said “Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.” Grove grew up in Hungary during Joseph Stalin’s bloody reign, giving him an up-close-and-personal look at what happens when terrorism runs wild. While Stalin’s particular brand of terror may not have been rooted in Islam, it was terror nonetheless. Grove knew what many people seem to be forgetting, or blatantly ignoring: complacency breeds not only failure, but invites someone – anyone – to assert their will, taking over, running roughshod over any who dare protest. In Europe, where gun control is king and firearms are few and far between, people cannot fight back, and their government encourages them not to. Of course, it would not do for the government to fail to set a good example, so the government does not fight back, either.
Will France truly fight back this time? It’s hard to say, but history does tend to repeat itself, and history clearly outlines their habit of backing down from fights such as this.
Sun Tzu said “The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.” Fighting back. Going to war. These are things our founding fathers excelled at, something many Americans today can hardly even begin to fathom. We are supposed to be entrenched in a War on Terror, and yet it would seem we are sliding backwards. We are losing ground, not gaining it, and something’s going to give. France is only one symptom of a greater problem, and that problem is Islam. Until the heart of the matter is dealt with, this will not end.
Time is not running out, it’s long since vanished. It’s time to fight back. Will France fight back? Will the United States? Will you?
We’re about to find out.
Coming Next: Part two – fighting back, and fighting hard.
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