This was a sad day in Paris, France because ten months after the attack on the paper, which killed 12 in January, this time 127 people were killed in attacks at a theater and at other locations in the city. The death toll still climbed.
France’s president called it “An Act of War”. According to the Today Show, this morning, ISIS claimed responsibility. Here was what was known so far.
- Most of the population in Paris came from Northern Africa, belonging to the Sunni
- Most have not done well economically
- Most of the chatter was meaningless and insignificant because a lot of the data was encrypted and unable to be traced. Terrorists now had downloadable apps that protected their metadata.
- What the United States was doing In Syria and Iran was not working
The irony was tonights Democratic debate focused on the #ParisAttacks and foreign policy. Let’s hope that the victor in the 2016 election was to do more than send an advisory team to Syria and Iran.
The good news was, both Muslim and Arabs around the world had condemned the attacks in France. Another video said that opponents in the area were ready to buck ISIS and their leaders because they weren’t going to accept the pitch of a caliphate.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sent a message to French President Francois Hollande Saturday, informing him Iran was offering its thoughts and prayers to the French people. Iran and its allies, Hezbollah and the Assad regime in Syria, have been fighting ISIS. Rouhani also announced he has postponed a planned trip to Italy and France. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who worked with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to reach the Iran nuclear deal, was quoted by Iranian state-run news agency IRNA saying he condemned “terrorist operations at any forms” and that Iran, as a victim of terrorism, have always rejected terrorist activity.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, released a statement Friday night saying: “These savage and despicable attacks on civilians, whether they occur in Paris, Beirut or any other city, are outrageous and without justification. We condemn these horrific crimes in the strongest terms possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of those killed and injured and with all of France. The perpetrators of these heinous attacks must be apprehended and brought to justice.”
Just last month, he called the U.S. ‘The Great Satan‘ and how it was vanquished by the passing of the nuclear deal recently. All that has seen this attack in Paris acted like they wanted a major confrontation with the enemy. Instead of physical violence, the French sang their national anthem in defiance at a train station. Just like the January attack the new hash tag #ParisAttack also showed that people weren’t afraid after this tragedy. Some even displayed the colors on their flag in defiance and solidarity, showing they were not scared. Paris was about life.