The Outrage of the Islamic State and the Outrage of the Fifth Republic

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Yesterday, the Islamic State successfully took its war against the Dar al-Kufr into the churches of Europe when two young men burst into the morning mass at Church of the Gambetta* in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.  Entering through the back they forced Father Jacque Hamel (85) and his congregants to kneel at the altar.  They began attacking Hamel and slit his throat, filming the grotesque scene, whereupon they began to chant Arabic about the altar like a “sermon” according to eyewitnesses.  A nun by the name of Sister Danielle raised the alarm when she was able to run out of the church unseen while the two were attacking Hamel. Continue reading

Attack in Nice: An Unfolding Conspiracy

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While it’s tempting to write articles for the sake of being topical and driving readers to one’s site, I’ve sat back on a lot of recent events and allowed them to develop.  For one reason, it’s because I don’t have anything unique to say beyond what one can find ad nauseum in 1,000 other articles.  Beyond that, it boils down to the fact that there are so few legitimate pieces of information to analyze.  And that has been the case with the attack in Nice until now. Continue reading

Threads in Hannover

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I remember the cancellation of the international friendly between Germany and the Netherlands at the stadium in Hannover just a few days after the attacks in Paris.  Seeing it unfold on television, I thought it looked pretty serious, and I expected that we would start to see the outlines of a dangerous network emerge in the days that followed.  My mind doesn’t remember any such thing happening and looking back at the reporting, my mind appears to be sound.  Apart from some sensational stories about a plot with five bombs, three in the stadium, one at a bus stop, and one at the railway station, nothing much more came of it.  Articles seem to peter out completely after about five days.  For most it would appear to be a mistaken intelligence tip and an understandable over-reaction in light of what had just transpired.  I never really gave it any more thought after a day or two. Continue reading