The Attack on Paris: Is Paris Burning?

A usually humane blogger writes today (15 November 2015)

I didn’t feel that way when suicide bombers, in a little-noticed preview of the Paris attacks, killed and wounded 200 people in Beirut Thursday evening–the worst bombing since the end of the civil war in 1990–and those victims were once my compatriots. But I feel that way about Paris, and I don’t doubt a billion people who’ve never set foot there feel that way too. It’s our city as most other cities could never be.

This fellow even gives his reason for feeling more moved by the deaths of Parisians than he does by those of the Beiruvians [yeah, I don’t know the proper term and I’m ornery enough not to look it up]; his immediate next sentence is

Like it or not, Paris defines us historically, politically, culturally. It is the birthplace of human rights (if not quite human rights’ best model over the years), the ornery matron of democracy, and of course the Holy See of rationalism. That’s what those bastards attacked Friday.

As usual, the imputation of motives precedes the loss of perspective, and we are told to line up with the warmongers, we’re all embattled defenders of civilization now.

The seven suicide bombers probably lived in France. If they weren’t longtime residents, they were housed and armed and supported by people who do. Muslims living in France who are de-cultured, held at arms’ length legally, and subject to humiliation when attending school, where their garb is counted as disruptive.

Maybe they attacked, these revolutionaries, the capital of the country, where they live, which they believe to be attacking their Caliphate.

It seems to me a live possibility.

We can say that Hitler, when during the summer of 1944 the Allied Armies were approaching Paris, wanted to know whether the Nazi in charge of destroying it had carried out his mission [the gentleman, whatever his other sins, did not follow those orders]. “Is Paris Burning?” he asked more than once.

But why? Perhaps Hitler saw Paris as a bastion of Western civilization, but I don’t think so; it’s just as likely that he wanted to destroy Paris, which he valued, rather than lose it, intact, to his enemies.

Paris is indeed the capital of France. As Gandhi once said, Western civilization would be a good idea.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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