Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Terror in Paris shows the limits of appeasement

By Amir Taheri, New York Post
January 7, 2015 | 10:20am

PARIS — It was shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday when a small enclave off one of Paris’ large boulevards close to the Place de la Bastilles was shaken with bursts of gunfire and cries of “Allah is the greatest” and “The Prophet is avenged.”

Within minutes, people who rushed to their windows and balconies to see what was going on realized that the long-threatened jihadi operation against Paris was under way.

The target this time was the weekly Charlie Hebdo, one of the liveliest and, perhaps necessarily, most irreverent satirical journals still attracting a major audience in a Western democracy.

By the end of the operation, carried out by a three-man commando group armed with assault rifles, at least 12 people were dead and six others injured.

(More here.)

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