The Paris Attacks, Part Two: The Art of War, 21st-Century Style

On Facebook an interesting yet unsurprising phenomenon has taken place: members are taking advantage of the social media giant’s offer to cover their profile picture with red, white, and blue. No, not the American flag- France’s flag. It’s being billed as a show of solidarity, a way of showing support for the admittedly horrifying coordinated terrorist attacks last Friday the 13th in Paris. It seemed to spread through the younger member’s profiles first; my daughter remarked on how almost all her friends had done it. This was while we discussed the atrocities that had taken place- events her peers actually seem to be almost completely unaware of – yes, really. My reply that I had yet to see it run rampant on my side of the age aisle was rendered a moment of speaking far too soon when approximately half of the several thousand people on my page suddenly switched their profile pictures. It was like seeing France take over my newsfeed; and then, something else happened.

Two sides of an argument became clear: one side that felt, feels, use of the flag’s colors on their pictures is an important expression of caring and love and the other side frustrated that the American flag has never received such attention and likely never will. Actually, there are three sides to this debate, with the third being those who find the other two groups of people to be fools with too much time on their hands altogether. Perhaps unbeknownst to all three groups is the fact that they all have something in common: frustration. Whether it’s frustration over feeling powerless, frustration over more “solidarity” being shown rather consistently for other countries than our own, or frustration over people’s all-too-human tendency to fixate on seemingly inconsequential things in times of stress, it’s there. We have this in common.

We are frustrated. Angry. Tired of watching a fight from afar, tired of waiting for the fight to come to us. We are Americans. We have honor. Pride – pride in our country, pride in the strength of our forefathers, and, yes, pride in our strength. We want to fight back, to bloody the nose of the schoolyard bully swaggering around the playground picking on the weaker, smaller kids. No, not to bloody the nose of the bully. We want to take the bully down. Take him out, once and for all, to be done with him. We know this is one bully that will keep coming back, because this isn’t a bully. This is Evil. We are Americans, and we fight back.

Obama does not.

French FlagIn the world of the Obama administration, terrorism is not called terrorism- it’s called an outrage. Murder is not called murder, it’s called an “act” – an “act” as though it’s part of a Broadway play gone horribly, perversely awry. In the current administration’s parlance, Paris is a case of “pain and suffering” rather than a brutal slaughter or bloody massacre. It isn’t just Obama avoiding the use of “terrorism” it’s everyone around him, including Hillary Clinton, of course. It should come as no surprise, then, that our so-called War on Terror bears more resemblance to a sloppy game of patty-cake than an all-out brawl to the finish.

We have become a nation more concerned with feelings than actions. A nation once seen as a superpower but fast becoming a joke.  A nation of strength that’s become a nation of weaklings. A nation with a President who apologizes – for the nation.

To the French on April 3, 2009, at the Rhenus Sports Arena in Strasbourg, France:

“So we must be honest with ourselves. In recent years we’ve allowed our Alliance to drift. I know that there have been honest disagreements over policy, but we also know that there’s something more that has crept into our relationship. In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”

To the Muslims on January 27, 2009, in an interview with Al Arabiya:

“My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect. But if you look at the track record, as you say, America was not born as a colonial power, and that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there’s no reason why we can’t restore that.”

For the War on Terror on May 21, 2009, at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.:

“Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. I believe that many of these decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight; that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions. Instead of strategically applying our power and our principles, too often we set those principles aside as luxuries that we could no longer afford. And during this season of fear, too many of us–Democrats and Republicans, politicians, journalists, and citizens–fell silent.

In other words, we went off course. And this is not my assessment alone. It was an assessment that was shared by the American people who nominated candidates for President from both major parties who, despite our many differences, called for a new approach–one that rejected torture and one that recognized the imperative of closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay.”

Obama ParisYes, Obama is quite concerned with feelings. It would not do to upset the radical Islamists who behead people as casually as the average person walks down the street on a warm day.

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, social media at large was ablaze with tears and typed-out prayers for France. Well, mostly. When you’re fortunate enough to have friends who are staunchly freedom-loving and tired of waiting – there’s that frustration again – it’s a bit different. Self-proclaimed – and accurately so, I might add – firearms rights agitator Ron Sims of Nevada took to the internet on Saturday morning to express his own disdain for the current clime:

“Why does Paris have such beautiful tree-lined streets? Because the Germans like to march in the shade. Why are they cutting down those trees? Because the Arabs miss the sunshine.

It’s an old joke. Everything is new again.

F–k your feelings.

If you invite trouble into your country, you get trouble. Wanting some kind of screening and vetting of refugees made one racist, but even the most bleeding of heart wouldn’t just take in some guy off the street to help them escape gang life. It’s easy to play politics when it’s other’s lives you are gambling with. I only want to gamble with my own.

Oh yeah. F–k your feelings. Namaste.”

Yes, Ron could have written this article in the short space of a Facebook status update rather than my own thousands of words, and still hammered the point home. Monday morning quarterbacking is human nature, just as an outpouring of feelings is natural, but playing God politically? That is an entirely different issue.

When we discussed this, Ron reminded me my personal knee-jerk “kill them all” reaction is one we as a nation have not carried out since Nagasaki. Having heard horror stories from Vietnam veterans who witnessed the aftermath of napalm and who remember the fallout of Fat Man and Little Boy, I am as familiar as one of my generation can be with what happens when “kill them all” is used literally (for a perspective on how it was effective, take a look at writer Zachary Keck’s piece “How Hiroshima and Nagasaki Saved Lives”). My response, here, would be that we don’t even seem to kill a few anymore. Quite the opposite, really, because we now seem to arm and empower them rather than obliterate them. So what do we do? Are the only options two extremes – do everything, and do nothing whatsoever? Of course not.

Fight. Fight hard. And for God’s sake, stop apologizing for fighting back.

Fighting back is a concept our founding fathers were quite familiar with. They did not set out initially with the intention of getting into a to-the-death battle with the British, but when it became clear it was necessary, they did it. Men who preferred peace, men who believed in turning the other cheek, went to war for what was then a young country. However, today there are more ways to fight back than just with guns and bombs, although those can be quite useful, too, and should not be discounted.

Here are a few suggestions to get the political ball rolling:

Close our borders. As Ron’s aforementioned Facebook post said, those among us who dare suggest background checks or screening of any sort for the people flooding our country are swiftly labeled racists or hateful bigots. Solution? Close our borders. Don’t let anyone in. After the slew of murders in Paris it was discovered the terrorists had gained entrance to France by posing as Syrian refugees. Unfortunately for the people they slaughtered, they were actually trained up by ISIS and sent on their merry way with murderous intentions. As for the refugees currently camped out, refugees happily waltzing before mainstream media cameras to complain about their accommodations, refugees marching in our city streets hurling anti-American insults and threats, refugees making signs and writing on their hands with markers suggesting death to Americans/down with America/death to infidels? Send them home.

The Keystone XL pipeline: build it. Frankly it was always a given Obama would refuse to endorse the pipeline’s being built, from his public statements saying he wouldn’t to his turning down the initial permit attempt years ago, so it’s not a surprise he made his final “no” statement in November 2015. Here’s the thing: despite Democrat’s claims to the contrary, building the Keystone XL pipeline provides a slew of benefits, among them the ability to get far more of our oil from a country that is not – how to put this delicately – actively trying to kill us all. Doing so would remove a massive amount of the money flowing constantly into those countries from the United States, countries like Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Yes, our money is funding terrorism in more ways than one. Does no one see the irony in this? Build the pipeline.

US SoldierFight. Yes, you knew this would be in here somewhere, and here it is. We as a nation have spent far too much time expressing our feelings and saying we’re sorry in recent years, and it’s time we behaved like the superpower we once were and kicked some terrorist ass. Terrifyingly there are many liberals out there who believe the solution to the terror threat is not to fight, but to love, by freeing the remaining Gitmo prisoners, halting all strikes, having lengthy heart-to-heart talks, and, get this, by apologizing more. Preferably with compensation to our supposed “victims” in the form of money and healthcare (If you think I’m kidding, check this out, among others). Newsflash: when you try to “kiss and make up” with someone who wants you dead, you end up with your face torn off and a janbiya in your back (that’s a dagger for those of you unfamiliar with Arabic – and I can’t help but hope you are).

We’ve waffled rather ridiculously, pulling most but not all our troops out of Afghanistan, and we’ve all but handed the enemy our playbook by advertising our moves in advance. We’ve hamstrung our military, crippled our soldiers – and killed them – by creating asinine Wartime ROEs. We’re weakening our borders with a constant influx of so-called refugees (have you seen the footage of muscular, able-bodied young men flooding various host countries?). We’re destroying our national security by cutting funding and reducing the size of our military. We’re losing our ability to defend our lives, and the lives of those we love, thanks to the ever-tightening noose of gun control measures (Kristallnacht, anyone?). We are cutting our own throats, a term which is currently figurative but could easily become all too literal.

There’s more, of course, but it all boils down to the need to fight back. The need – no, the duty – to fight in defense of our freedom, and our lives. A meme is going around Facebook picturing a woman seemingly contemplating a weighty question: “Hmmm… Shall I put a French flag on my FB page…or…buy a Glock and plenty of ammo to protect myself…” Sadly, it would never occur to many of those currently sporting a French-flag profile picture to arm themselves. Is there a time for fighting with visual and verbal displays? Of course; otherwise I would not be writing this article. But if you’re going to fight in ways other than the physical, make it a rallying cry, whether for blood or for justice. Make it count.

Sun Tzu said “If your enemy is of choleric temper, irritate him.”

Irritated yet?

To those of you looking for answers: there are no easy answers, there is no simple, fast solution. But you should be ready to fight, because like it or not, the fight isn’t just coming, it’s upon us. Be prepared, be ready, and be safe. God bless America.

Author’s Note: Our thoughts and prayers are absolutely with those affected by the recent terrorist attacks in France. I’m ecstatic to see the French are being proactive in the wake of this latest series of attacks by fighting back both within and outside of their borders, but it’s a shame it had to get this bad to generate a reaction. How bad will it have to get here, in the U.S.?

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Katherine Ainsworth

Katherine is a military and political journalist with a reputation for hard-hitting, no-holds-barred articles. Her career as a writer has immersed her in the military lifestyle and given her unique insights into the various branches of service. She is a firearms aficionado and has years of experience as a K9 SAR handler, and has volunteered with multiple support-our-troops charities for more than a decade. Katherine is passionate about military issues and feels supporting service members should be the top priority for all Americans. Her areas of expertise include the military, politics, history, firearms and canine issues.
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