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France: A la Guerre Comme a la Guerre!

By Dmitry SEDOV (Russia)

France: A la Guerre Comme a la Guerre!

A human tragedy has taken place. On November 14, terrorists killed over 100 people in Paris. More than 200 were injured. But even now the leadership of France has no courage to face the reality. President François Hollande keeps on harping on the same string expressing their readiness to fight for European values and ideals like if they were attacked for some unknown reason by aliens. A healer in the Middle Ages knew only one way to fight smallpox – to plunge a patient into boiling water. French politicians behave the same way. They call for tougher police measures, closed borders and prolongation of the state of emergency.

The introduction of these measures may be expedient, but it’s not clear how it’s going to work without barbarians crossing the borders. The crime had been perpetrated by the criminals inside the local Muslim diaspora.

Is François Hollande aware of the fact that the Daesh death industry is an established business run by particular persons in Saudi Arabia and Qatar? Doesn’t he know that there are financial flows coming to provide funds for ideological brainwashing, recruitment and employment of suicide bombers? Does he not know this evil could be eradicated only by cutting off financial flows to Daesh?

Doesn’t the French President believe that only the United States can put an end to this deadly cycle as the actor capable of influencing Turkey which provide Daesh its territory to transit oil? Isn’t he faithful that the United States is the only country to bring to reason the rulers of Saudi Arabia and Qatar?

Doesn’t François Hollande know that terrorists get to Europe crossing the territory of Turkey? Does the French President understand that the France’s vibrant activities to ruin Libya and putting blind eye on offensive cartoons by Charlie Hebdo have turned the French into prime targets for terrorists?

He, probably, understands all these being unable to halt transatlantic alliance and stop interpreting freedoms as permissiveness. Otherwise, he would not be a Frenchman.

Now, terrorists and those who represent them say they will not limit their activities by the territory of France. They will move on to Rome, London and Washington. It makes spring to mind the question posed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his address to the United Nations General Assembly: «Do you realize what you have done?»

Flowers and mourning candles in front of the French embassy in Moscow, Saturday Nov 14.

Flowers and mourning candles in front of the French embassy in Moscow, Saturday Nov 14.

The results of the recent meeting on Syria held by almost 20 countries in Vienna show that the West reluctantly cedes some ground to Russia making very small concessions. It hopes to protract the process. The parties to the talks have only agreed on some general outlines of Syria’s crisis management during the next 18 months. Actually, there are no practical results. A year and a half is too long. Too many things may occur during this period of time to bring any accords to naught. The war can go on forever until all the parties join together in the effort to defeat the Islamic State. It’s a crucial issue. No progress, whatsoever, has been reached so far. It’s hard for the United States to refuse manipulating countries and peoples through controlled chaos. The Moscow’s calls for uniting efforts in the fight against the Daesh fall on deaf ears in Washington. Sometimes it offers fatuous excuses.

Moreover, the Western politicians try to make Russia a rogue state. They continue to grab sanctions stick. They have raised ballyhoo about Russian athletes allegedly using doping. They use all the means at their disposal in their anti-Russian drive. In his UN address Vladimir Putin said they are confident of impunity. That’s what made Washington put forward the marasmatic demand for Moscow to .orgive the Ukraine’s sovereign debt. Probably, it wants it to make life easier for Kiev regime being an instrument used for anti-Russia activities.

US President Barack Obama expressed condolences to France in the aftermath of Paris tragedy. The world did not hear anything from him, except empty words about being adamant in his desire to punish the enemy. Are the Americans serious about sitting it out being separated by the ocean? Do they really believe, that such terrorist acts, as the one just occurred in France, cannot take place on the US soil?

Why US politicians do not realize that the time when the United States could thrive at the expense of others is over? Do they need the cancer of terrorism to spread around the United States to understand such a simple thing? The continuation of this game will give rise to a wave of terrorism to hit the country.

President Hollande says the terrorists have declared war on France. The main thing is not to this belated admission become just another figure of speech. To really fight terrorism one must join together with those who pursue the same goal, instead of trying to use it for one’s own selfish interests.

Dmitry Sedov is the Russian international policy commentator, member of the SCF Editorial Board.

Source: Strategic Culture Foundation

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