Monday, January 12, 2015

The Ever-Perplexing French

The photo to the right shows French President Francois Hollande and other world leaders walking in a march to honor those murdered in the recent Paris terrorist attacks. Everyone was welcome, it seems, except Israel.

Think I'm joking? Nope. Read this article from Yahoo news. It amazes me to no end that the leader of the Middle East's only democracy—the country that has perhaps suffered the most at the hand of Islamic radicals—would be unwelcome in a Western European nation that suffered a demonic terrorist attack. But so it is.

It goes deeper than simply being asked privately not to come. The insult to Benjamin Netanyahu was personal. It is telling to me also that Netanyahu's political enemies within Israel are taking this opportunity—not to support their prime minister and make a statement about the unacceptability of terrorism—but rather to snipe at him for going to Paris. I am increasingly convinced that the leftist parties within Israel would be fine and dandy at giving away even more of their hard-won nation in a foolish hope that they'll get peace that way. History has taught them nothing. It's infuriating.

And if France thinks it's going to bring peace within its borders by appeasing terrorists, they are in for a very rude awakening. I would love to hear what Charles Martel would say to his countrymen if he were still alive.

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