Following Paris Terror Attacks, Only Three Things Are Guaranteed

November 16, 2015   |   Nick Bernabe

Nick Bernabe
November 16, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) France was victimized by a bloody terror attack on the evening of November 13th, 2015. ISIS, the self-proclaimed “Islamic caliphate,” has taken credit for the Paris terror attacks, which claimed the lives of at least 129 people and wounded another 415.

The world is grieving, with millions on social media declaring their solidarity with France. Millions more are asking why so many are outraged now, when thousands of people are killed daily in conflicts the world over.

In the aftermath of the attack, several realities have become clear. Taking history into account, three things will undoubtedly occur in response to the terror attacks in Paris.

Yet More War

The world is plagued by war, and following the Paris attacks, there is about to be a lot more of it. French President Francois Hollande quickly declared Friday’s terror attacks acts of war, making it clear through his actions over the weekend what the answer to those acts will be: bombs — and a lot of them.

France carried out over 100 airstrikes in Syria on Sunday, with many more sure to come in Hollande’s “pitiless war” against those responsible for the attacks. France has already been involved with the civil war in Syria, fighting alongside the U.S. At the same time, it has stuck to the West’s talking point that Assad must be deposed for there to be a political solution to the conflict.

On the other side of the Atlantic, the U.S. is gearing up to exploit the attacks in Paris by calling for more military intervention in Syria. First it was politicians, then the establishment media who called for a more direct response from the United States — up to and including a full-scale invasion of Syria.

President Obama has already stymied such calls for a full-scale military operation in Syria, ruling out a ground invasion. “It’s best that we don’t shoot first and aim later,” he said. The president continued:

“We play into the ISIL narrative when we act as if they are a state and we use routine military tactics that are designed to fight a state that is attacking another state. That’s not what’s going on here.”

While this rhetoric is rather rational, it’s hard to believe the president will stick to his words, especially considering he proclaimed the U.S. would not deploy boots on the ground in Syria at least 16 times — only to do just that months later.

As Anti-Media noted earlier today, Sunday’s entire Democratic presidential debate was intentionally shifted to focus on foreign policy and anti-terror measures — and the candidates responded with forcefully hawkish rhetoric (with the exception of Bernie Sanders).

The information that seems to be missing from the entire conversation is that it was forceful foreign policy, accelerated by George W. Bush and continued by President Obama, that is directly responsible for the rise of ISIS in the first place. The short-sighted rhetoric political figures and media pundits are now spouting is highly reminiscent of post-9/11 fervor — and could lead to more of the same foreign policy blunders made in the years following 2001.

Islamophobia, Xenophobia, and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment

When an Islamic terrorist group attacks, the masses are quick to indict the entire religion — and the right-wing media is always there to fuel the flames of distrust and fear. The fact of the matter is that only a tiny minority of people who identify as Muslim commit terrorist acts. The likelihood of white Europeans and Americans alike committing an act of terror is exponentially greater than that of Islamic extremists (cops in the U.S. kill exponentially more than both of these groups combined).

Distrust of Muslims has been growing in France for several years, and the Paris attacks have only served to amplify this xenophobia. Rallies for peace and solidarity in Paris over the weekend were interrupted by anti-Muslim protesters shouting, “throw out Islamists!”

The “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais, France, which largely houses Muslims fleeing the war-torn Middle East, caught fire on Friday night. While the cause of the fire is still unknown, anti-immigrant groups in France took to social media to applaud the fire’s destruction.

In the United States, many media outlets are fear mongering with anti-immigrant propaganda, and right-wing politicians are feeding right into it. At least half a dozen Republican governors have already announced plans to resist the settlement of Syrian refugees in their states in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. However, many people on social media are countering the fear mongering:

Loss of Liberties in France and at Home

The immediate response to the terror attacks in France was one of blatant militarism. As Anti-Media reported earlier today, the French government has deployed 10,000 troops to patrol the streets of France. President Francois Hollande announced his intention to extend the state of emergency for another three months, and a curfew has been enacted in Paris for the first time since WWII. These actions make a state of near-martial law a reality for Parisians. The French government also ordered 150 raids across the country against suspected terrorists, placing 104 people under house arrest.

In the long-term, the French can expect to see their liberties eroded as their government continues to replace freedom with security, much like the U.S. did following 9/11 (see: Patriot Act). Prior to Friday’s attacks, the French government had already banned some forms of free speech and established an extensive surveillance apparatus, but further amplifications of these intrusions are likely to follow. Militarized police, “stop and frisk”-style tactics, and loss of privacy are all on the menu as the French government capitalizes on this tragedy to increase its control over the public.

In the U.S., calls to increase already intrusive surveillance of the public have already begun. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, said, “I think we need to restore the metadata program, which was part of the Patriot Act.” Though the bulk collection of the metadata of U.S. citizens was ruled unconstitutional last week by District Court Judge Richard Leon, CIA director John Brennan echoed Bush-era sentiments: speaking to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Brennan claimed that in the wake of the Paris attacks, the U.S. should roll back recent reforms made to protect the privacy of Americans from the NSA’s surveillance dragnet.

While the world mourns the deaths of the innocent people who fell victim to the terror attacks in France, Western governments are busy making plans to wage further war and to reduce the freedoms of the very people victimized by the attacks in the first place. Meanwhile, misled patriots everywhere are clamoring to express their nationalistic fervor, bashing and attacking the very refugees their own governments created through foreign policy riddled with hubris.


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Author: Nick Bernabe

Nick Bernabe founded Anti-Media in May of 2012. His topics of interest include civil liberties, the drug war, economic justice, foreign policy, geopolitics, government corruption, the police state, politics, propaganda, and social justice. He currently resides in Chula Vista, California, where he was born and raised.

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  1. Sad but true. Not agreeing 100% but for the most part, they got some of the ideas down. I'm not anti immigrant, but the legit syrian refugees just want to go home. When we're being flooded by mostly military age men from different countries, we need to watch those. But yeah, legit syrian refugees need our support, and most of the want to go home (thanks to Putin).

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  2. Should make guns legal, trail the civilians and let them carry. That is the first line of defense. Do you think these cowards would have tried this if they knew 5 out of 10 people were carrying guns? And if they did how many people would have been saved from those armed citizens?

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  3. Innocent people killed by guns is exponentially higher than people saved by guns.

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  4. Is that so? How many people would have died if Germany was not stopped in ww2, everybody that was not blond haired and blue eyed. You sir need to dig deeper than the liberals word. Research it yourself.

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  5. There really are well thought out solutions. "We have called for a new approach to “homeland security”—the Strategy of Generosity, as manifested in part in our proposed Global Marshall Plan (please download the full version and read it at http://www.tikkun.org/gmp). Until the powerful countries of the world are seen as mainly driven by a desire to care for the well-being of everyone else on the planet and the wellbeing of the planet itself, and care not only out of self-interest but also out of a new consciousness in which we all come to truly understand our mutual interdependence and oneness, what we saw in Paris this past week is destined to be an increasing reality in the coming decades." http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/25711

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  6. Greg Mosolf not quite true , in Switzerland it is expected that citizens are ALL armed and know how to use their weapons , that in the event of an attack they are able to provide defense…. not many dead there from accidental shooting

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  7. Greg Mosolf
    And who have the most guns? government and criminal, maybe they are the same after all

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  8. if US stop bombing other sovereign nations, there wouldn't be refugees fleeing

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  9. Andrew C Can Yeah, and stop funding ISIS. You have a point.
    But like I said, most of the legit Syrian refugees are wanting to go back home, and would rather not be in the west.
    The immigrants that are causing the havoc aren't syrian women and children and wounded veterans. They are healthy and aggressive young men from other countries, taking advantage of the plight of the actual refugees.

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  10. Statistics tell us that self defence with guns almost never happens. So no , it would be a very terrible solution to a problem that isnt really there

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  11. As far as I know, Assad started the war in Syria by shooting and killing innocent protesters. This was muslims fighting for freedom against a oppressive muslim regime. Sorry guys THIS one is not on the US. And typically when the US does not get involved then the complaint is that the US does not care about the muslim lives being lost to a oppressive regime. So it is a lose, lose situation for the states.

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  12. As far as you know its clear that you know nothing.
    Assad was ok until the US started to finance ex alqeda, Isis and all the rest to create the "revolution" inside Syria. All what the US wants is to overthrown Assad, kick out the Russians from Syria, impose a puppet goverment (as they did with Irak, Lybia and Afghanistan and run over towards Iran. That is fucking all.
    In the meantime they may trigger ww3 since we are talking about fucking Russia and China what is at stake in Syria…. and their fucking economic interests.

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  13. To own guns doesnt mean you own self defense. Your enemy may twart you by using better technology. You do shit carrying an AK-47 or M-16 on the street if the attacker inmolate himself with C4. This is no regular combat, this is totally out of hand violence.

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  14. I like weapons, but im pretty sure that if the goverment ever wants to support a de fact regime, we will not have a single chance. The army has waaaaaaay better technology that anything ALL their citizens may have. To believe we have a chance against the State is simply delusion.

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  15. Let's just hope that the soldiers would back the civilians and not the government if that would ever happpen

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  16. The mejar coverage in the UK has been void on history and the massive suffering in which the Paris tragedy is only a small part. 200 peacewfully protesting Algerians were probably beaten, drowned, garotted and otherwise killed in the Paris of 1961 (http://www.wrmea.org/1997-march/a-1961-massacre-of-algerians-in-paris-when-the-media-failed-the-test.html). "Democracy" itself is an odd term if we think of its origins in the Athenian slave economy and post-WW2 ordo-liberal society and neo-classical economics. Deep in this is that we are taught the false history of heroes and have a media not fit for purpose. Thanks for some sensible argument.

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  18. The French have disliked a large Muslim immigrant population living among them for DECADES, not years. They NEVER wanted mass migration and they NEVER wanted the kind of politically correct society that American mass migration culture and their own cowardly politicians have laid on them. You lot on the left can pi## and whine about so-called "Islamophobia" all you want. But Muslims don't want Europeans living in the mid-east anymore than Europeans want them living among us.

    This entire article is so typical of the liberal American. You talk about Muslims in Europe as if they are some kind of indigenous population. If you actually knew about history, you'd know that Muslims have been attempting to colonise Europeans since 711AD

    And they've had a great oppotunity in recent decades due to American cultural colonisation of Europe….the self-hatred and mass migration nonsense. The multi-cultish dreck.

    The end result is anarchy. Muslims should NEVER have been given the right to migration to Europe. Europe is the indigenous land of the European race. Europe is NOT the US! Get that through your thick yank head.

    As for the "anti-immigrant" attitude; westerners have EVERY RIGHT to defend their way of life from the likes of you and those hordes of third world foreigners attempting to destroy it. Who are you to suggest that the west is better off resembling Saudi Arabia or Nigeria?

    All you are is just another self-hating "SJW" obsessed with crapping on your own civilization in order to show the "darkies" how much you like them.

    P.S. If you like the third world, why not go and live among them in THEIR native lands? See how "tolerant" they are of different races and cultures?

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  19. Go how I hate White liberal Americans. You people are a disease upon western civilization. Just as bad as ISIS and the black lives matter Nazis. And even worse than those revolting neo-con George Bush Bill Krystal a$$heads

    Their is NOTHING worse than a George Soro funded group that encourages white self-hatred and and an open borders NWO bankster world. And you Nick seem to fit the bill, you panzy Soros loving cu#t!

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  20. "The world is grieving, with millions on social media declaring their solidarity with France. Millions more are asking why so many are outraged now, when thousands of people are killed daily in conflicts the world over."

    They are outraged because these Islamists are third world migrants who have over the past forty years, flooded into Europe as illegal immigrants and cheap labour and asylum seekers. And for decades liberal politicians told Europeans that these foreign hordes would integrate and assimilate. But that has been proved a lie.

    As for other conflicts in the world: It's natural for the western world to focus on such attacks when they occur in a western nation.

    I'm sure middle easterners and Africans care about as much as you white coolie Americans do about the Paris attack, which I suspect isn't much. So don't act as if the world only comes together to mourn an attack if it's in the west.

    P.S. You love mass migration into the west, including indigenous European nations because you white coolie yanks have an obsession. It is to make Europeans, wherever they live on this planet, into a minority. So perhaps you should check your own anti-European George Soros inspired racism before you pi$$ and whine like a negro about the "evil Europeans" and their natural desire to NOT end up a minority in their own indigenous land.

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  21. You say that right wingers are wrong for blaming a whole religion off the actions of a few. Doesn't the left do that with gun owners?

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