New Lines are Being Drawn

A sign reads 'not afraid' as thousands gather for a vigil on Place de la Republique in Paris on Wedn

By the time you read this post, a unity rally in Paris will be winding down. On Saturday over 700,000 people rallied in France in response to the Charlie Hebdo affair, and more than a million, among them the heads of several states, will be on deck today. The French Prime Minister has declared a “War on Radical Islam” ahead of the rally according to the New York Times.  Whether this is a mere reaction to the deaths of 12 at the offices of Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday and the deaths of four hostages at a kosher deli in Paris on Friday, or whether this is a case of accumulated outrage is anybody’s guess. One thing is certain: new lines are being drawn across the globe.

17 people died in Paris between Wednesday and Friday, all of them for merely being modern and (likely) secularized. In the Nigerian town of Baga, hundreds, if not thousands, were likely killed by Boko Haram in the days leading up to Wednesday. The situation is so desperate there that people are reportedly swimming to a remote island on an adjoining lake to escape the attacks, and then starving to death. Not incidentally, Boko Haram now has captured all of northern Nigeria, and adjacent areas in three other African states. They apparently are ready to set up a new government, ISIS-style.

It seems so strange. Back when so many, even many of us, where protesting GWOT, I don’t think we could have imagined that it would ever get this far. Now you’d be a fool not to embrace GWOT. It’s absolutely necessary. For all of us, whether we are in Paris, or in Baga.

Maybe that’s the reality that has finally been brought home by the Charlie Hebdo attacks. This just feels different. This is not some ragtag group of rebels taking over remote parts of Iraq, Syria, and Northern Africa anymore. There’s an entire crescent (an irony not lost on me) of land captured now by armed and organized militants, so organized that they can remotely radicalize a small group of childhood friends who basically grew up in the west to the point that they will perpetrate impromptu jihad in the middle of our most modern and secularized cities. Sidney, for instance, less than a month ago.  Or Boston.

Here in America, land of the free, home of brave, there’s a “nuanced” discussion going on about whether or not to identify as a “Charlie.” It’s playing out like a macro-version of the argument Bill Maher and Ben Affleck got into last year. The usual suspects are lining up along predictable, ironic lines.

The crowd still snickering over art featuring feces and the Virgin Mary are posturing defense for the most retrograde major religion on earth. To be fair, this is a minute subset of the political left. This group is pretty far gone, as demonstrated by this DK recommended diary. They are completely unable to view the world outside of their warped American point of view and thus they cannot get past the majority colors if Islam–by which I mean not white.

From a purely anthropological point of view, their trajectory has been fascinating. At first they were sold on the idea that the murders at Charlie Hebdo headquarters were a righteous matter of freedom of speech. They filled the screen at Memeorandum and other news aggregators with voluminous screeds decrying the incident. “I am Charlie!” they agreed. This lasted about 12 hours, until they took a look at some of the covers. Then, in knee-jerk fashion, they were like, “Weeeeeell…” Well what? Is it suddenly okay to kill people for publishing cartoons you don’t agree with? They’re a little on the fence about this. Which puts them in some interesting company.

And suddenly, we are not all Charlie. Most of America, Europe and other parts of the world stand in unity today against being threatened into submission by a virulent, violent, and strident world view backed with increasing military might and a nasty penchant for remote radicalization. For goodness sake, there were Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers in Paris this week. The Canadian Parliament Building was attacked two months ago. By any honest account, we appear to be under global siege. Even Anonymous recognizes the importance of this moment.

The world is definitely changed. Will today mark the day that the West says enough? I don’t know, and I doubt it. But it feels like a juggernaut is being released in slow motion, doesn’t it? Like Atlas finally dropped the ball, and the weight that is the earth is rolling, destined to gather no more moss for some time.

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112 Responses to New Lines are Being Drawn

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    Two days in a row? I could get spoiled.

  2. HELENK3 says:

    I hope the world is waking up to the jihad global terrorism. We have a president the will not even say the words. as if you do not say it , it does not exist. that is suicidal. the jihadist do NOT want peace they want domination and we better wake up to that fact

    • lyn says:

      Obama would rather swallow his tongue than declare a war on radical Islam.

      • leslie says:

        I would also rather he swallow his tongue. Period. The world is coming apart and he wants to talk about “free community college”. His avoidance of addressing this global terrorism and his hiding information from his adoring supporters is perverse and destructive.

  3. Cynthia Ruccia says:

    well put Lola. Was thinking the same thing myself. It feels like a full blown war and if we don’t become more aggressive about eradicating these elements now, there will be a much bigger price to pay in the future. It is frustrating that the PC police holds the upper hand right now in the current administration.

  4. Myiq2xu says:

    Pop quiz:

    What is the greatest engineering feat of Islamic civilization? What great advances in science, technology and/or medicine do we owe to Islam?

    • Myiq2xu says:

    • Erin says:

      The irony is that at one time in history the Isamic civivliations were the crtting edge of many sciences/engineering disciplines. These civilizations devloped the scientific method and made incredible contributions to architecture, mathematics, and astronomy. However, this golden age was a few centruies ago.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        That was 1000 years ago and their cutting edge wasn’t that sharp. Mostly it was mathematics.

        You can still see some of the engineering feats of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, Mayans, Incas, Aztecs and Indus Valley civilizations. Other than mosques, what did Muslims build?

        • votermom says:

          Meh. The numbers we used are called Hindu-Arabic numerals because Persian mathematicians adopted the Indian system. This was back in 800 AD when Persian culture was still ascendant and their conversion to Islam was fairly new had not yet degraded their scientific curiosity.

        • Erin says:

          It’s little closer in time than 1000 years ago. It was more like in 1500 and 1600’s. The concept of ZERO is very important to modern culture. It is the basis of all computer langauges. To be fair mutliple cultures developed the zero. However these did not include the Greeks or the Romans. Western culture absorbed this concept via the Islamic civilizaions of the Middle East, not the Actezs.

          To answer your question, in India the Hindu and Muslim architcture styles are very different. As a result, the Muslims were able to build things that the Hindu architecture was not. In adittion to mosques, other Muslim building types that still exist in India are forts, gardens, waters systems, astronomical observatories and of course tombs (theTaj). These are the same kinds of buildings all cultures build, they just have their own distict style.

          Most contribitions to science and engineering are incremental and built off of what existed before. The disruptive innovation is rare. If your question is really about what game changing innovations did the Islamic Civilizations give us – I would say they occurred in math and astronomy. I see many of they other accomplishments attributed to them as incremental changes, and based off knowedgle derived from texts from other cultures. They did have access to texts from achient Greece and India at times when Western Culture did not. They studied them and they advanced the feilds as a result.

    • DandyTIger says:

      We owe the Arab/Persian (and Islamic) world a lot for preserving western (and indian) math and science and philosophy during the dark ages. And we owe them for helping develop algebra. And in the west and in the few secular mid-east corners where open science is allowed, many Arab/Persian people play great rolls in the modern (aka western) world. But from what I can see of current Islam dominated countries and cultures is a form of Luddism (anti technology, anti western progress, etc.). Have you noticed that a lot of extremists on both ends of the spectrum, and seemingly of late mostly on the left, tend to be Luddites?

  5. votermom says:

    Great post Lola!
    A looming threat that our leaders try to ignore.
    Jews fleeing France in record numbers.
    History sure knows how to rhyme.

    The Charlie Hebdo thing certainly showed me who in the media are for appeasement and who have not lost their minds. WaPo surprised me by showing some spine and publishing the cartoons.

  6. Myiq2xu says:

  7. DeniseVB says:

    On Fox now, 50 world leaders join in a Global Unity March against terror in Paris. Where’s our reps? Nobama, but he sent our lameduck AG Eric Holder????? I really don’t think they wanted BO there, his security requirements are a nightmare wherever he goes. Way to represent U.S. 😦

  8. DeniseVB says:
    • My word, that’s a huge rally.

      • Jadzia says:

        There was one in every major city in France. My husband went to ours (I drew the line at taking the kids because I was not convinced that it would be safe and they are far too young to understand) and said that the crowds went on for blocks and blocks and blocks.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Haven’t seen any signs of solidarity marches breaking out in the U.S. today. The least we can do to make up for Obama’s dis 😦

          • leslie says:

            But, but, but . . . the football games are on, it’s cold outside, it’s time to take down the Christmas decorations, the Golden Globes are on tonite. And some people might want to golf.

          • 49erDweet says:

            They had one in a stadium parking lot between playoff games yesterday, I hear. It was either in Oakland or Santa Clara. Or Tampa.
            Oops! Sorry. Those were Flea Markets.

      • Jadzia says:

        Also, DH tells me that there were a lot of Muslims there (at the one in Tours). Which is one small positive sign.

      • Jadzia says:

        The news here is reporting 3.7 million, which I am guessing is the nationwide estimate. The estimate for my town is 35,000, which is pretty staggering given that the population of the city proper is not much higher than 100,000 (although if you count all of the surrounding “suburbs”, we’re more like half a mil).

  9. DeniseVB says:

    LOL Lindsay Graham: Obama’s strategy on terrorism is to run out the clock and pass it along to the next President.

  10. piper says:

    Excellent thread. You put my rambling thoughts into a coherent thread.

    • Thanks. I was just rambling myself. LOL. I was thinking about all of these incidents in the last year or two, those I mentioned, and others like the mall terror attack in Nairobi, all the hostages that have been captured and beheaded, the supposed red line in Syria, Benghazi, pirate terror attacks off the coast of African, etc and I was just trying to articulate how different this all was from when our alleged “war criminals” were in charge. I was just trying to articulate my own jumbled head.

      I’m also trying to figure out when this all started as a movement. Iran and the green revolution? Syrian rebels? Arab Spring? Benghazi? How does Petraeus, as director if the CIA, play into this (remember, his scandal broke right after the 2012 election, which was right after Benghazi). I can’t tell for sure. I think they are all big pieces to a larger puzzle.

  11. taw46 says:

    Thank you, Lola. Excellent.

  12. fif says:

    I haven’t been following the debate this week, and was with a friend last night who is reliably P.C. in all things, and when I mentioned the courage of the cartoonists in the face of danger, she countered with the “not Charlie” suggestion to not be too “provocative.” I was stunned. That is what cartoonists do! If you don’t agree with their p.o.v. don’t read it. There are insane and violent fundamentalists so we should curtail free speech (& behavior?) as to not upset their rigid belief systems?! This is a very dangerous, slippery slope.

  13. 1539days says:

    I was going to save it for my blog, but I want to get out my somewhat radical theory. If you look at that ass William Donahue from the Catholic League and defending Islamists because he gets butt hurt as a Catholic, he seems kind of jealous they can just kill the people they disagree with. This makes me wonder if the progressives and some other ideologues don’t secretly admire the single-mindedness of these terrorists.

    Remember after 9/11 when Bill Maher was still on ABC and said that thing about how the hijackers had the courage to die for their beliefs in a suicide mission? This is a common misconception going back to various suicide squads like the kamikaze. While there is something frightening about people who will kill themselves to kill others, our real strength is being willing to die to save others. In World War 2, the Allies knew that a grand gesture of incinerating a city with nukes is more powerful than a bunch of cowards in planes. Then we felt bad about it for the next 50 years.

    Now we have progs who are essentially amoral. They see Muslims as deeply spiritual and faithful to their beliefs, oppressed by the West, kind of like they see the Native Americans. While their hatred for Western values makes them think every Priest is a potential child molester, the Muslim terrorist is an aberration. Even then, those aberrations are strongly driven. The problem progressives have is while they want to remake the world, most of their ranks consist of lazy hipsters. What they would love is to combine their worldview with the crazy zealotry that makes these Muslim guys blow up things and kill people.

    • The Bill Ayers Evolution. Ayup. I agree. They will never get there with such inconsistent, poorly articulated arguments or with the kind of privilege Americans enjoy. That’s what fuels radicalized Islamists. Simple arguments that they have been and are being attacked, both physically and spiritually, and physical strife in nations that are run by dictators and despots.

    • votermom says:

      Humans are attracted to strength and courage. Its a darwinian trait.
      Minus ethos, minus morals, that’s what you get. In fact, history shows that it’s ehat you usually get.

  14. piper says:

    Nothing new – just move along (snarc)
    Sadly this behavior is the same as we experienced back in the 30 and 40’s with the rise of Nazism and Communism. So many people in Europe and US praise these leaders and their policies. Walter Duranty of the NYT won a Pulitzer Prize for his stories on the Soviet Union and Stalin refusing to write about the actual conditions as in the mass starvation in the Ukraine, the bread basket of the country. Furthermore he destroyed and dismissed honest reporters like Malcolm Muggeridge for attempting to report on the horrors of communism and Stalin.

  15. DandyTIger says:

    I can’t help but notice lots of people I know on the left are filling their posts with pictures of armed christians and KKK cartoons saying the ‘right” is just as bad as the islamists. They seem to be squirming.

    • elliesmom says:

      How many people have the West Baptist Church beheaded this year? If you refuse to pray with the Jehovah’s Witnesses when they come to the door, do they shoot you?

      • Somebody says:

        Westboro Baptist leaders are from the left, they’re D’s not R’s. Phelps was all up into Al Gore and Phelps himself ran for office several times as a D, never as an R. They are leftwing kooks, not right wing kooks.

        Same for the KKK, sorry fail again the KKK was a D thing not an R thing.

  16. DandyTIger says:

    Great post Lola. Really nailed it.

  17. driguana says:

    wow….a million people reportedly have shown up to take back the right to stand up….leaders from all over the world have come….Muslims, Jews, Christians and others all standing up together…except ours…we send Eric Holder! wow…just wow….disgraceful….and shameful….who’s gonna bodyguard against the bodyguards???…/20150111-historic-paris-march-a…/…

    • elliesmom says:

      I’m not one to think about where Obama was born or to speculate about his parentage. I don’t care if someone else really wrote his books. But given some of the things that have come out his mouth and his unwillingness to do anything that might anger Muslims, I do believe he is either a closet Muslim, owes someone in the Muslim community something big, or is a monumental coward.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        (standing Applauding Lola) 😀

      • Jadzia says:

        I’ll go with #3.

      • Yep. Except these are likely and/or propositions, as opposed to just or. His history is just too cloudy, and the FBI-CIA nexus too suspicious. There’s a reason he sent Eric Holder over, we just may never know exactly what that reason is.

      • Somebody says:

        I don’t think his mother or grandparents were religious people, at least not that I’m aware of. The only religion he was exposed to as a child was Islam due to his stepfather, Lolo. His own father was Muslim too, so therefore I think he thinks of himself as Muslim or at least from Muslim roots. I think due to his familial ties and upbringing he sympathizes with Muslims.

        I think in actuality he’s more like his mom and grandparents in that he’s not particularly religious. I think he went to Rev Wright’s church for street cred more than he did for spiritual reasons.

        I also think he’s a big coward.

        • 1539days says:

          Obama’s grandparents (on his mother’s side) were leftists and radicals. They connected him with pervert Frank Marshall Davis. Rev. Wright was a former Muslim who decided that preaching as a Christian would make him more palatable in the wealthy Black communities of Chicago.

          One of the many lovely parts of Islam is that you can’t be a former Muslim, as that makes you a worse infidel than any Jew or Christian. If Obama had become a Muslim in Indonesia, it would be the most closely guarded secret of his political career.

          • leslie says:

            I did not know that about Jeremiah Wright. How does he stay alive. I thought being a former Muslim would condemn him to death. Are they keeping him alive for a reason?
            As for Obama and secrets. . . .has there ever been a POTUS with as much coverup/protection as bronco?

  18. leslie says:

    Lola, this is such a thoughtful and good post. Thank you.

  19. SHV says:

    “wow….a million people reportedly have shown up to take back the right to stand up…”
    Anyone in those million holding up one of the “Charlie” cartoons????

  20. HELENK3 says:

    so is holder going to tell countries that have been attacked by terrorist cells ” don’t stereotype?”

    • DandyTIger says:

      To them, the only “terrorists” are people with smaller state political views like libertarians, tea-party, and small state Republicans. They, the IRS, and most other parts of the executive branch are watching them very closely.

  21. HELENK3 says:

    Chinese state news agency says burqua ban approved by lawmakers in Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang last month is set to go into effect; report says ban part of ‘effort to curb growing extremism’ – @XHNews

  22. HELENK3 says:

    French interior ministry says size of Paris unity march ‘unprecedented,’ official count impossible – @FRANCE24

  23. Somebody says:

    This is interesting, he basically says there are just too many terrorists to keep track of in France

  24. They are still going strong in Paris as they approach the 8 pm hour. Livestream:

  25. 1539days says:

    Not a big surprise, but a necessary first step. The leader of Egypt tells Imams they are responsible for what is happening with Islamic terrorism.

  26. catarina says:

    Unbelievable pictures of the rally and the world leaders in attendance. But Nobama:

    • catarina says:

      I don’t see Eric Holder in those pics-thought for sure he’d try to clamp himself onto Netanyahu.
      Maybe Bibi’s bodyguards keep him at bay.
      And where is Lurch?

  27. DeniseVB says:

    Oh good, showing a really large crowd now in D.C. now on fox.

  28. Jadzia says:

    A friend of mine who went to the march in Paris actually RAN INTO the Muslim guy who saved several hostages at the kosher grocery store. She said she was dumbstruck and couldn’t manage more than to stutter out a thank you for your bravery.

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