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On Friday the 13th, Paris, the City of Light, was plunged into darkness and fear.

At least eight young jihadists, allegedly from the so-called Islamic State group, attacked the national sports stadium, where President Francois Hollande was attending a soccer match with Germany’s foreign minister. They also attacked outdoor cafes, a pizzeria and a rock club.

As of this writing, 127 civilians were killed and dozens wounded. All of the attackers are believed to have died. For the second time this year, Paris is terror-struck and shaken to its foundation. Pope Francis aptly described the attacks as “homicidal madness.”

What was Islamic State’s objective in attacking all these improbable soft targets? Madness is not a sufficient motive. Clearly, Islamic State’s 20-somethings were bombing and shooting up targets that youngsters frequented, like a pizzeria or Friday night heavy metal concert. Their objective: to kill as many people as possible in a pure revenge attack.

Islamic State (IS), a collection of young hooligans, misguided idealists, and bitter riff-raff, have warned the West, “we will make you feel what we have felt.” They adopted this slogan from the Chechen independence fighters who resorted to attacks on Russian civilians after Russian forces killed an estimated 100,000 of their people in the 1990’s.

Now, it’s Europe’s turn to feel some of the horrors of the wars in the Mideast.

France is a prime target because of its extensive and deepening military interventions in the Muslim world. Some 10,000 French soldiers or airmen and large numbers of intelligence operatives are involved in Syria, Iraq, the Gulf, Libya, Chad, Mali and Ivory Coast. France props up the authoritarian rulers of Algeria and Morocco

France is playing a central role in its former colonies, Syria and Lebanon. Paris appears to have long-range plans for expanding its influence in the Levant, including installing regimes attuned to French policies.

French warplanes are bombing Syria and this writer believes French special forces have been in combat in Syria, as they were in Libya when the western powers combined to overthrow the Khadaffi government.

In short, France has made many enemies for itself across the Mideast. It appears only a matter of time before France’s partners in Mideast intervention, the United States and Britain, become new targets of jihadist violence.

As the Bible says, “nothing new under the sun.” What the 20-something jihadists of IS are doing is trying to replicate the terror caused by the fabled, 12th century AD Sheik al-Jebel. Operating from his aerie of Alamut, high in Syria’s mountains, the sheik dispatched teams of hashish-crazed assassins with poisoned daggers to intimidate all of the Mideast’s rulers, Muslim and Crusaders alike.


The murderous Ismaili cult quickly came to be known as “hashishin,” or “assassins,” the origin of our term. The assassins terrorized the entire Mideast, shaking down its rulers for great amounts of gold. One never knew when or where they would strike. Their first warnings were often pinned to the pillows of intended targets as happened to the famed Saladin. The assassin teams would strike with poisoned daggers, then die under torture laughing and calling out to god.

Finally, the great Egyptian Mameluke sultan Baibars and the invading Mongols put paid to the assassins. The survivors fled east and today peacefully live in Pakistan’s Hunza Valley under the Agha Khan.

The modern reincarnation of the assassins struck Paris on Friday night. Alarmingly, one or more may have entered Europe as a Syrian refugee. Rightists in Europe are already calling for internment camps for Muslims, though they had nothing whatsoever to do with IS’s teenage lunatics. In fact, IS has put Muslims everywhere in peril as well as besmirching the name of Islam. Europe may seize the Paris attacks as an excuse to bar any further refugees.

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• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Paris Attacks, Terrorism 
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  1. Trumpenprole [AKA "Haven Monahan"] says:

    As great a tragedy as this was, it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well!

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Avery

    The Times story above includes this Gem from Hollande

    “It is an act of war that was prepared, organized and planned from abroad, with complicity from the inside, which the investigation will help establish.”

    A phrase that perfectly describes Hollande’s war crimes in the bombing of Damascus, No?

    Why do the political filth in the west think that murdering people will not enrage their friends and families?

    Or don’t they care…………..

    One notes that Switzerland doesn’t have this crap going on.

  3. Kiza says:

    The CIA turd Margolis did not remember to call this extremely vile act in Paris “Productive and Efficient, exactly what he called the destruction of the Russian Airliner with 224 people in his previous garbage write up. CIA’s fog creator and worthless scribe, he mentions no-where that the ISIS creation was helped by his CIA. No, it appeared out of the blue, did not grow out of the aggression on Iraq.

    I am reading him only to laugh at what the CIA wants to sell to the cattle.

    • Replies: @Avery
  4. What the 20-something jihadists of IS are doing is trying to replicate the terror caused by the fabled, 12th century AD Sheik al-Jebel. Operating from his aerie of Alamut, high in Syria’s mountains, the sheik dispatched teams of hashish-crazed assassins with poisoned daggers to intimidate all of the Mideast’s rulers, Muslim and Crusaders alike

    It’s a nice analogy but as is often the case, Margolis misses the mark. Today’s Alamut is in either DC or more likely, Brussels. The article reads like a tired (menopaused) cheerleader for ‘Gladio’, with sagging breasts and overhanging belly. Margolis should get out of the game with his clear inability to go to the root of the problem:

    Online @

    “We’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians, this is an attack not just on Paris, it is an attack not just on the people of France, but it is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share” -Barack Obama

    Why didn’t Obama, Hollande and company consider their making possible the rise of Islamic State as a device to overthrow Assad as “an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians [and] an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share” ??

    Going directly to the above linked intelligence report, “the Western Powers” enabling the rise of Islamic State, according to the former boss of the Defense Intelligence Agency General Mike Flynn (speaking to al-Jazeera) “was a willful policy decision”


  5. Realist says:

    That’s bullshit.

    • Replies: @5371
  6. Avery says:

    I agree:

    Margolis using the adjectives “productive” and “efficient” when discussing the mass murder of 224 innocent human beings was truly vile.
    I have to admit did not expect that from Margolis.
    He has written articles before about WW2, and he is one of the very few in the West who gives the well deserved lion’s share credit for defeating the Nazi war machine to the Red Army (….instead of the Western self-congratulatory myth), and has written high praise for the military genius of Marshal Zhukov.

    Also, in this vein, let’s see if the Charlie Hebdo reptiles will mock the victims of Paris terror the same way they mocked the Russian victims dropping from sky.
    I hope they do: maybe then the French will finally find some of their ancestral revolutionary backbone and chase the sewer rats out of France.

  7. Avery says:

    [At least one of the eight assailants who created havoc around Paris Friday night was identified Sunday as Ismael Omar Mostefai, a 29-year-old French citizen who had previously been flagged for links to Islamic radicalism.
    A French judicial official said Mostefai’s father, a brother and other family members have been detained and are being questioned, according to the Associated Press.
    The mayor of the French city of Chartres, Jean-Pierre Gorges, identified Mostefai as a resident in a Facebook post. The judicial official confirmed the name to the Associated Press, but spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
    The Paris prosecutor said one of the attackers was a 29-year-old Frenchman who was born in the Chartres region who had been known to authorities for radicalism. Prosecutor Francois Molins told Sky News Mostefai had a criminal record, but didn’t spend time in jail.
    “In 2010, he was blacklisted by the police due to extreme behaviors, but never been classified into any illegal extremist groups.”]

    Yes: of course. What we desperately need in Christian countries is more radical Islamist “diversity”. We don’t want “our” (Our ?) “diversity” to become a “casualty”, now do we ?

  8. Wally says: • Website

    “Europe may seize the Paris attacks as an excuse to bar any further refugees.”

    Let’s hope so.

  9. 5371 says:

    Check your sarcasm and allusion detectors.

    • Replies: @Realist
  10. Realist says:

    Well there are a few idiots on here that believe that. Sorry.

  11. 22pp22 says:

    It’s sheikh el-jabal or sheikh ej-jabal, not sheik. Anyone with a passing knowledge of Arabic would know that. Where did Unz find this expert on the ME?

    • Replies: @Ronald Thomas West
  12. @22pp22

    From the Oxford:

    sheikh |SHēk, SHāk| (also sheik, shaikh, or shaykh)
    1 an Arab leader, in particular the chief or head of an Arab tribe, family, or village.
    2 a leader in a Muslim community or organization.
    sheikhdom |-dəm| noun
    ORIGIN late 16th cent.: based on Arabic šayḵ ‘old man, sheikh,’ from šāḵa ‘be or grow old.’

    Margolis is a moron but his alternate spelling is one of several accepted –

  13. tbraton says:

    “On Friday the 13th, Paris, the City of Light, was plunged into darkness and fear.”

    Congratulations, Mr. Margolis, for getting the characterization right. Paris is, rightly, “the City of Light,” and not, as I have heard and read more times than I can count, “the City of Lights.” (“Paris was nicknamed the “City of Light” (not City of Lights) originally because it was a vast center of education and ideas during the Age of Enlightenment. In 1828, Paris began lighting the Champs-Elysées with gas lamps. It was the first city in Europe to do so, and so earned the nickname “La Ville-Lumière” or The City of Light.”) It represents a small blow against barbarism that may prove insufficient in the long run. If the French and Europeans do not wake up soon, I think it is inevitable that, in the long run, Paris will be known as “the City of Mohammed,” in the same way that Constantinople became Istanbul and the Hagia Sophia, the grandest edifice for a thousand years, became another mosque.

  14. When you see an Islamist
    slaughtering non Islamists
    while shouting the Islamist’s
    mantra, the thing to remember
    is that it has nothing to do with:


    Or the millions of Islamic invaders.

    Nothing whatsoever.

    Totally unrelated.

  15. Che Guava says:

    Your comment is truly bizarre.

    How strange that your beloved diversity is only enforced in western Europe and english speaking places.
    Why, as the best example, do we never hear calls for the rights of the migrant workers who make up the majority of residents in the Arab
    Persian Gulf statelets?

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