States always do have to be careful not to create a form of mass or generalised hysteria. In France and Belgium we can see that the government put the security risk factor higher, in Belgium on level 3 (of 4). This makes that not only police is patrolling but also the army, both in special safety bulletproof clothing are holding heavy armed surveillance in cities.
This can give a feeling of more safety but also triggers more fear.
Last month France could face 147 acts committed against Muslims between January 7 — when gunmen killed 12 people at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly publication — and the end of the month. Also the Jewish community which already had lots of problems last year is facing more fear and hate for their community.
In Paris and other towns, like everywhere in Belgium, every synagogue is now guarded by heavily armed soldiers — part of the government’s emergency response plan that has seen 10,500 soldiers deployed across the country. On Tuesday, a man armed with a knife attacked soldiers who were guarding a Jewish community centre in Nice.
Foreign press sometimes follows American sayings which are not always according to what is really happening and like Fox presented its news have nothing to do with reality. This can frighten foreigners also to come to places where we do not see nor feel such a danger and would like to live in peace with all different communities and races.
In America what happened in Europe is used by the fire-arms-lobby to show the world why those who have laws against carrying weapons would be more under threat than those where everybody is free to protect himself with a fire-arm.
We are already facing the problem with American coloured people when they have to be checked at the airport, they often accuse the agents that they where chosen because of their colour, though not such a racism exists here in Belgium and many can even find to be partnered with a coloured person or/and with a person of an other religion. Most of the people in these regions also would never in their life ever find themselves in a fire-fight or being confronted with an area with bombs or terror attacks. to do if everybody could encounter such attacks every minute of the day is much much over.
Bringing twisted news and adding fear does not help to keep the peace in our multicultural society.
Having economical and also some political problems in Europe it is very easy for the politicians to draw the attention away from the more important issues and to get on the emotional elements to cause friction and to proof how the country wants to protect its citizens.
We do have to be careful which general feeling we want to give to our community and to abroad.
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- ISIS Warns West: ‘You Have Not Seen Anything Yet’ (nbcnews.com)
ISIS has called on its supporters to carry out terror attacks in Western countries, according to an audio recording released Monday that celebrates recent atrocities including the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.
The Islamist extremist group’s spokesman, Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani, urged jihadis to carry out lone wolf atrocities in the message, which was produced its media arm and distributed on Twitter and jihadi forums.
- IS spokesman calls on Muslims in West to commit more attacks (wkyt.com)
Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, in an audio recording released Monday, praised recent attacks in Australia, Belgium and France – where gunmen killed 12 people in an assault on the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo magazine.
He also praised the gunman who shot and killed a soldier in October at Canada’s national war memorial and then stormed the parliament building before being killed by security forces.
- Frenchman Linked to Attackers Charged, Incarcerated (theepochtimes.com)
French authorities filed preliminary terrorism charges Thursday against a Frenchman extradited from Bulgaria and linked to gunmen behind deadly attacks in Paris, a judicial official said.
In Belgium, security forces thwarted what they said was a major terror attack against police with raids Jan. 15 that left two suspects dead. A suspect believed linked to that case was extradited from Greece to Belgium on Thursday. Belgian authorities said the suspect was officially charged with participation in a terrorist group.
- In some American press are presented ridicule ‘facts’ which have nothing to do with reality, like Fox television gave some absurd idea of the UK, France and Belgium also Breaking: Horrifying Footage Unearthed of Entire Muslim “No Go” CITY in the UK [VIDEO] (conservativetribune.com) dare to tell: “Since the attacks took place in Europe, which now has a booming Muslim population, there’s been a focus on what are known as “no-go zones,” places in major European cities that are all but off-limits to non-Muslims — a probable safe-haven for terrorist cells that have already infiltrated the West.” Where we in those countries of Europe and also those living in such zones can not feel such a thing and would not mind inviting people to our regions.
- The day the French rose: ‘We are not afraid’ (opinion.inquirer.net)
On Jan. 20, President François Hollande of France declared: “Today, Paris is the capital of the world,” as 3.7 million French citizens marched across that country to show their solidarity behind the victims of terror attacks, as well as their defiance.
Press reports said it was the first time since the liberation of Paris in August 1944 that so many people took to the streets en masse to show not only their respect for the victims but also their support for the values of the French republic—liberté, egalité, fraternité and the freedoms of speech and of the press.
- Looking for a True Liberal Response to the Charlie Hebdo Attack? Watch the First Scene of Two Days, One Night. (slog.thestranger.com)
I want the millions of people who marched in Paris on January 11 in response to a terrorist action that left 12 people dead at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly that often publishes cartoons that many Muslims find offensive, to watch Two Days, One Night, a new film by Belgium’s Dardenne brothers. They need to watch this movie because the unprecedented reaction to Islamic extremism made it obvious to many on the left that the priorities of millions of Europeans are in complete disorder. If you are a citizen of an EU country, in the middle or working class, and concerned about the state of democracy in our post-crash world, then you should be far more worried about what is going on at the European Central Bank than at the mosques in the banlieues (suburbs). Terrorists have nothing on bankers when it comes to making the lives of ordinary people miserable. If there’s going to be drama in your life, expect it to come from the people who have the power to hire or fire you, change interest rates, and impose policies that deflate the economy rather than a bunch of bozos who think shooting cartoonists is a military mission.
The Dardenne brothers, who have yet to make a bad movie, allow the common drama of losing a job—which is far more horrifying than a bomb to the average person—to light the fuse of their story. This is a rare example of filmmakers actually keeping it real.
- Ruin is America’s future (peakoil.com)
Neoconservatives arrayed in their Washington offices are congratulating themselves on their success in using the Charlie Hebdo affair to reunite Europe with Washington’s foreign policy. No more French votes with the Palestinians against the Washington-Israeli position. No more growing European sympathy with the Palestinians. No more growing European opposition to launching new wars in the Middle East. No more calls from the French president to end the sanctions against Russia.
Do the neoconservatives also understand that they have united Europeans with the right-wing anti-immigration political parties? The wave of support for the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists is the wave of Marine Le Pen’s National Front, Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party, and Germany’s PEGIDA sweeping over Europe. These parties are empowered by the anti-immigration fervor that was orchestrated in order to reunite Europeans with Washington and Israel.
Once again the arrogant and insolent neoconservatives have blundered. Charlie Hebdo’s empowerment of the anti-immigration parties has the potential to revolutionize European politics and destroy Washington’s empire. See my weekend interview with King World News for my thoughts on this potential game-changer. http://kingworldnews.com/paul-craig-roberts-new-crisis-worse-russia-unleashing-black-swans-west
- France arrests 8 for recruiting militants for ISIL in Syria (theunhivedmind.com)
French police have arrested eight people, including a woman, on suspicion that they were recruiting militants for the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group in conflict-ridden Syria.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the suspects were detained in several areas across the capital, Paris, as well as the eastern city of Lyon on Tuesday.
A French official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said three of the detainees had traveled to Syria and returned in December 2014, adding that it remains unclear whether they joined the ISIL or another militant outfit.
The seven men and the woman had reportedly set up a network in May 2013 to send French militants to Syria. There is no indication that the group planned or was involved in any attack inside France in recent months.
The new arrests come as France along with a series of other European states have been on high alert after the office of French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, came under assault by two gunmen on January 7. Some 12 people were killed in the incident that left France in huge shock and fear.
- France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims? (washingtonpost.com)
When American audiences read of a dramatic event in a foreign country, they often frame it in terms of the political debates occurring at home. As such, it was no surprise that after shootings at the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris this week, some Americans began to wonder about gun control laws.
“Isn’t it interesting that the tragedy in Paris took place in one of the toughest gun control countries in the world?” American reality television star Donald Trump wrote on Twitter shortly after the news broke. The tweet prompted both praise (over a thousand retweets) and scorn (Trump was labelled a “moron” and an “idiot” by other tweeters).
Trump, a perennial attention seeker, was likely attempting to score political points and insult liberals with his tweet. But behind the disingenuity, there is is a genuinely troubling question: Why didn’t France’s gun laws save the Charlie Hebdo victims?