Thursday, January 8th, 2015

 

The ridiculous reason why Islamic terrorists murdered journalists at Charlie Hebdo

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PARIS, France — On Wednesday, 12 people were killed and 11 more were wounded at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine in Paris, France. The gunmen managed to shoot their way through multiple encounters with police.

Heavily armed Islamic terrorists shouting “Allahu Akbar” stormed the Paris magazine headquarters killing journalists and police officers in an attack that brought more than 100,000 protesters onto streets across France.

Why were they killed? Because a satiric French paper published offensive cartoons about Islam’s prophet Muhammad. Yes, cartoons. They ‘offended’ Islamic terrorists, so these barbaric scum chose to do what they do, which is to murder innocent lives for their beloved Muhammad.

The suspects screamed “we have avenged the prophet, we have killed Charlie Hebdo,” according to some witnesses.

The journalists were in an editorial meeting at the time of the attack when masked gunmen stormed in and started shooting. They initially shot and killed eight journalists, including some of France’s best-known cartoonists, a security guard and a visitor. One person survived by hiding under a table.

WARNING: Extremely Graphic Video

Video below shows the murder of a French police officer by the gunmen.

Charlie Hebdo was known for publishing controversial cartoons targeting all religions, including Islam and their Prophet Mohammed. They were killed for exercising their freedom of speech as a group of radical terrorists could not take what the scary and insulting cartoons were expressing.

Many media outlets have refused to air or publish any of these cartoons. Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and NBC, all decided not to show the offensive cartoons.

This is exactly what these barbarians want. They don’t want them to be published and they killed those who chose to utilize their freedom of expression.

Here are some of the cartoons that happened to ‘insult‘ Islamic terrorists:

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Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief, Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier holding a copy of their magazine in 2012.

 

In a video published on a French website, you can hear the suspects shouting, “Allahu Akbar!” or “Allah is the greatest”.

A statement from President Obama condemned the attack but failed to mention Islam.

I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people,” Obama said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time. France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world.

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The men responsible for the Paris massacre Chérif Kouachi, 32, and his brother Said, 34 were killed by French Police in a terror raid on Friday. The youngest of the three, Hamyd Mourad, 18, surrendered to police at Charleville-Mézières, about 50 miles northeast of Reims in Champagne on Wednesday.

The Kouachi brothers had taken several hostages at a Jewish grocery store in eastern Paris on Friday.

French police took out Cherif and Said Kouachi and a suspect in a policewoman’s killing, but also left four hostages dead, according to authorities and reports from the scene.

French police released mugshots of the other man involved at the store, Amedy Coulibaly, 32, as well as a woman named as 26-year-old Hayat Boumeddiene, also wanted over the shooting of the policewoman.

Police identified Hayat Boumeddiene and Amedy Coulibaly as the suspects in the grocery store hostage situation in Paris. Coulibaly was killed by police, while Boumeddiene is reportedly unaccounted for.

Police identified Hayat Boumeddiene and Amedy Coulibaly as the suspects in the grocery store hostage situation in Paris. Coulibaly was killed by police, while Boumeddiene is reportedly unaccounted for.

U.S. intelligence officials believe Said Kouachi trained in Yemen for a few months in 2011 with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Al Qaeda’s franchise organization there, according to a U.S. counter-terrorism official.

Cherif Kouachi was arrested in 2005 by French authorities and convicted in a French court in 2008 of trying to help smuggle fighters to Iraq. The brothers were linked to a plot in 2010 to free an Algerian militant from jail but neither one was prosecuted in the case, the official said.

There are now reports that the brothers had been on a US terror watch list “for years”.

A member of Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen said the group directed the massacre at Charlie Hebdo. The Al Qaeda member on Friday provided a statement in English to The Associated Press saying “the leadership of AQAP directed the operations and they have chosen their target carefully.”

France has been struck directly in the heart of its capital, in a place where the spirit of liberty — and thus of resistance — breathed freely. – French President Francois Hollande

The victims from this deadly attack were eight journalists, including the magazine’s chief editor, Stephane Charbonnier (Charb), two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor.

Social media users have been expressing their solidarity with the people of France since the attack on Charlie Hebdo. Shortly after the violence, #JeSuisCharlie or #IAmCharlie began to trend worldwide.

The words of Charlie Hebdo’s editor-in-chief and beloved illustrator “Charb”:

‘‘I am not afraid of reprisals. I don’t have kids, I don’t have a wife, I don’t have a car, I don’t have credit. This may sound a bit pompous but I would prefer to die standing than to live on my knees.’’

There can be no compromising on freedom of speech. Charb and his fellow cartoonists lived by that. They fought for what they believed in. They died for not backing down, but they never wavered nor waved a white flag.

Rest in peace brave souls, rest in peace.

Now, we stand and proudly say #JeSuisCharlie.

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People gather to pay respect for the victims of a terror attack against a satirical newspaper, in Paris, in Paris, Jan. 7, 2015. Thibault Camus/AP Photo

NOTE: This story has been edited for content after publication. 


PRESS RELEASE: Wesley Wilson declares his candidacy for the Republican Primary in Mississippi’s 62nd House District

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PRESS RELEASE

Wednesday, January 7, 2014

Richland, Miss. — Wesley Wilson of Richland has filed papers with the Mississippi Republican Party, officially declaring his candidacy for the Republican Primary in Mississippi’s 62nd House District.

Fiscal responsibility, economic revival and a thriving educational system are three issues that Wilson will urge the House to address. Wilson will fight tirelessly to ensure every voice is heard and strongly represented.

Wilson, a longtime resident of Richland, MS, graduate of Richland High School and Mississippi College, is ready to take a stand for his community. “This is my home, these are my neighbors, friends, and family. It troubles me to know individuals in District 62 are without strong conservative leadership.”

Wilson will bring a new generation of leadership to Jackson. With energy and enthusiasm, he will ensure District 62 will have a conservative leading the fight for a better Mississippi.

Be sure to follow Wesley’s campaign by connecting with him on Twitter and Facebook.


Muslim man attempts to stab police at Columbus, Ohio airport

Members of the bomb squad check out a parked SUV at Port Columbus Airport on Wednesday after police shot a man in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Chris Russell. AP.

Members of the bomb squad check out a parked SUV at Port Columbus Airport on Wednesday after police shot a man in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Chris Russell. AP.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Muslim man from Ohio tried to buy a plane ticket at the Columbus airport on Wednesday, then attempted to stab police officers, but was shot and killed.

A 41-year-old Ohio man armed with several knives tried to buy a plane ticket with a fake ID before being gunned down by police after lunging at an officer with a blade outside the Columbus airport”, police said.

Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-Rasheed was acting very bizarre and tried to purchase a ticket to an undisclosed location using a woman’s ID. He had parked his car illegally outside the ticketing terminal, which was later to have suspicious items found inside.

Abdul-Rasheed spoke to an officer, but then lunged at him with a knife attempting to stab him. The officer stepped back and fired dropping the suspect momentarily, but he got up and charged again. A backup officer responded at which point the suspect quickly moved towards him with the knife forcing the officer to retreat backwards towards the terminal entrance where a third officer was positioned. The third officer shot multiple times killing the suspect.

When cops searched Abdul-Rasheed’s body, they discovered “additional knives.” Police called in a bomb squad to investigate the car and a search turned up “possible bomb-making materials,” and other “suspicious items,” officials said.

The entire incident was captured on surveillance video, police said.

The shooting remains under investigation.


MCDANIEL: The Failure of Obamanomics

cmac2By: Senator Chris McDaniel

The nation just recently received the news that the economy grew at its fastest rate since 2003, a brisk 5 percent.  The same day, the Dow moved past 18,000, a new record.  All indications, at least from those seeking political gain, are that the economy is soaring.

And that has been the consistent Obama theme, although the middle class and poor have seen little evidence of a prospering economy.

At a rally in Kansas City back in July, Obama touted his recovery: “America has recovered faster and come farther than just about any other advanced country on Earth.  For the first time in more than a decade, if you ask business leaders around the world what’s the number-one place to invest, they don’t say China anymore. They say the United States of America.  And our lead is growing.  So . there are a lot of good reasons to be optimistic about America. Things are getting better..”

But despite the best efforts of the president and his followers to sugarcoat the state of the economy with their own unique set of facts and figures, the underlying reality is far different.

A good quarter of growth does not an economic recovery make.  We could very well consider this false growth when we factor in government spending.  Overall federal spending increased nearly 10 percent in the third quarter, with military spending rising 16 percent, which can account for much of the increase.

We also have major concerns with China.  It was recently reported that China has now surpassed America as the number one economy in the world, out-producing the United States, a placement we have not seen since Ulysses S. Grant was President in the 1870s.  China owns more than $1.3 trillion in US Treasury bonds and has indicated a willingness to dump them.

China is also strengthening its economic ties with Russia and is promising to help get the world off the dollar.  Losing the dollar as the world’s reserve currency would have devastating consequences for the United States.

President Obama seemingly ignores such concerns.

Rather than liberating capital for the producers that actually hold capital, thereby allowing it to be invested in the economy, he believes that vast public spending will encourage growth and, somehow, correct the problem of income inequality, which he has droned on about for years.

Despite his best efforts, Obamanomics has been a failure for most Americans.  According to a recent study by the Russel Sage Foundation, middle class wealth in 2013 was 20 percent less than what it had been in 1984, three decades ago, with nearly a third of that drop coming since Obama took office.

Even Alan Greenspan, Former Federal Reserve Chairman, paints a gloomy picture.  “The United States is doing better than anybody else, but we’re still not doing all that well,” Greenspan said last week.  “We still have a very sluggish economy.”  He then indicated the economy will not recover until American companies – that is, producers – invest more capital in productive assets.

President Obama vowed to enrich those in the middle class, but his policies have failed them.  And now they are struggling to find steady employment.  As of the fall of 2014, there are more than 92 million Americans who are not in the labor force, an increase of more than 11.9 million since Obama took office.  Not to mention the million added to the welfare rolls.

And yet, remarkably, the vast numbers of immigrants surging across our borders seem to be having no trouble finding jobs. Immigrant workers now account for all employment growth since 2007.

Ronald Reagan, as well as John F. Kennedy, took a different economic approach, a plan the Left derisively calls “trickle down” economics.  The result for President Reagan was years of steady economic growth, not just one quarter; the creation of twenty million high-paying jobs; an increase in manufacturing output; and a rise in median income by $4,000.  Indeed, GDP under Reagan grew from $2.8 trillion in 1981 to nearly $5.5 trillion in 1989, almost double.

Under Reagan, America grew stronger and more vibrant; under Obama we are in steady decline with no end in sight.

History has provided us with examples of what policies work to get the economy moving and create jobs. But we need strong leadership willing to turn those examples into new action. The last thing we need is more disinformation and propaganda from this administration trying to convince us that all is well and that government manipulation is working.

Senator Chris McDaniel is an attorney, conservative commentator and was a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. He has represented the 42nd District, which encompasses parts of South Mississippi, since 2008. He lives with his family in Ellisville, Mississippi.

Be sure to stay connected with Chris on Twitter and Facebook.


Part three: The new anti-Semitism 2014 year in review

Part three & final part of Olivier Melnick’s year in review. You can find part one here and part two here.

slider-burning-star-of-david-1140x445The world has been plagued by numerous attacks by Muslims from different factions. Damages have gone from verbal abuse on the streets of London to broken store front in France to the crucifying of Middle Eastern Christians and the beheading of two American reporters. The perpetrators’ common denominator is that THEY WERE ALL MUSLIMS. This is a fact and would only qualify as Islamophobia (a phobia is an irrational fear) if the story were fabricated to ostracize and/or demonize the Muslims. If, like some choose to do, I would state that “all Arabs are Muslims and I hate Islam, thus I hate the Arabs”, that would undoubtedly make me an Islamophobe, but that statement is erroneous, so perish the thought. It would be the same as saying that all Germans were Nazis and I hate the Nazis, thus I hate all Germans!” Absolutely ludicrous!

I am convinced that true-to-the-Qur’an Islam IS NOT A RELIGION OF PEACE and only true-to-the-Qur’an Muslims are real Muslims. So NO, I do not believe that radical Islam is the exception, I believe that radical Islam is the real Islam and that the rest of the world’s Muslims are not moderate but either nominal or cultural, but I ache for the 1.5 billion Muslims who are prisoners of Islam. God loves all people and I love God and want to be in His will, thus I will strive to show His love to all, and as a result I CANNOT HATE MUSLIMS.

By now, there are not that many places in the world where the acronym ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) remains unknown.  They have acquired quite a ruthless, bloody reputation in just a few months. When it was first announced that they were a splinter group from Al-Qaeda, we witnessed an almost “tongue-in-cheek” yet blasé reaction from most people. Little did we all know about the rapes, crucifixions and beheadings that were about to take place. The bold Caliphate declaration by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on June 29, 2014 was a surprise to most, but it remained unchallenged. It is a long shot to expect the rebirth and growth of an Islamic caliphate, but we must remember that even if the Third Reich was short lived, it was lethal.

ISIS is very impressive and attractive to a myriad of radical Islam aficionados (Muslims or not) and has managed to attract followers from various corners of the planet with their supremacist ideology. They have an uncanny ability to draw people making  them a real but very unpredictable danger.

It is time for civilized people to unite against the Islamic State. It is also time for the more liberal among us to realize that ISIS is the new Nazis of the Middle East, not Israel!

      It was in the midst of a daily service on November 18, that the lives of the congregants of ultra-orthodox synagogue Kehilat Bnei Torah were changed forever. Apparently “inspired” by the butchers of ISIS, two Palestinian cousins with hatchet and gun in hand, barged inside the house of prayer and killed four people–three of them rabbis– and wounded many more. This was the worst attack in Jerusalem since 2008.

Once again, in the midst of a bloodbath, Israel’s enemies have joined forces. Perpetrators, supporters and reporters all seem to look at the Middle East crisis through the same warped lenses of bias and anti-Semitism.

There was malice in the act itself, there was malice in those supporting it and there was even malice in the heart of those reporting the tragedy. Long gone are the days when I gave them all the benefit of the doubt and allowed them to claim ignorance.

Recently, It is within a 1939 edition of the Larousse Dictionary that the flag of Palestine was found amidst the flags of the world. We can see a flag made of two equal squares, a light blue on the left and a white on the right. Superimposed in the center of the 2 squares is a yellow Magen David (Star of David), which as we all know is the Jewish symbol par excellence. Dated from 1939, which was the start of World War Two, the dictionary wouldn’t include Israel (not re-born as a modern nation until 1948). Note also that on the first line of flags on the left page, you can see the German flag harboring the now infamous swastika of the Nazi regime. There is thus no question as to the time frame of the publishing of this volume. So what happened that changed it all?

For those of us who are concerned with historical accuracy, the meaning of “Palestine” is pretty straight forward, it simply describes the ancient name given to Eretz Yisrael and thus to a piece of land biblically known as the “Land of Canaan” (Genesis 17:7-8) given to the children of Israel by the God of Israel, period.

This re-definition is the result of a geo-political move by Yasser Arafat after the Six-Day war of 1967. The Palestinian people were created and forced to remain in refugee camps created at the time as well. After almost half a century of propaganda and indoctrination, history has been reversed and rewritten and the Palestinian flag certainly doesn’t bear the Star of David any more. On their site on Palestinian Facts, the explanation of the new flag includes a statement about it adoption by the “Palestinian people” (who didn’t exist then or now) as early as 1917, yet in 1939 it was the flag with the Jewish Star.

This wraps up 2014 as it pertains to my analysis of the world’s approach to Israel, the Jewish people and anti-Semitism. We have certainly seen a great increase of the Jewish hatred, especially in Western Europe, but also in the Middle East and elsewhere. The findings of the ADL during their survey led them to conclude that almost one third of there total population of the countries surveyed is harboring anti-Semitic views. That is huge, considering that in many cases theses people have never met a Jewish person in their life.

I fear that we have yet to see the worst of it all. Several Jewish communities are moving to Israel or preparing to do so like the 6,000 French Jews who departed France this year.

I see this as the final attempt from Israel’s enemy (Satan) at eliminating the Jews who are the Apple of God’s eye (Zech 2:8). I call it eschatological anti-Semitism and even if God has promised from His word to never forsake Israel (Jer 31:35-37), casualties can and probably will increase.

There hasn’t been a better time than now to express our love for Israel and the Jewish people. The Jewish Messiah (Yeshua) is on His way back, but until the glorious day of His return on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, the Jewish people need friends. My prayer is that you would be on God’s side and bless Israel (Genesis 12:3).


BREAKING: Another shooting in Paris as gunman opens fire on police officers

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PARIS, France — Another shooting occurred in Montrouge, France just outside Paris on Thursday morning just one day after the deadly newspaper attack.

Security forces detained a man soon after the shooting but he was not the shooter, police said. They then raided a hotel room nearby but that was unsuccessful.

A 20-year-old female trainee police officer was killed when a man opened fire in the street just after 8 a.m. The gunman is still at large.

The French government has placed the country on the highest state of terror alert after an attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead, including two police on Wednesday.

Paris announced that an extra 650 soldiers and 2,000 more police officers will patrol the streets of the capital on Thursday.

Members of GIPN and of RAID, French police special forces, are pictured in Corcy, near Villers-Cotterets, north-east of Paris. Photo: AFP

Members of GIPN and of RAID, French police special forces, are pictured in Corcy, near Villers-Cotterets, north-east of Paris. Photo: AFP

In a tweet, the French president François Hollande has said: “Freedom will always be stronger than barbarism. Our best weapon is our unity.”

“France has to be at war against Islamist fundamentalists. They are at war against France.” – Marine Le Pen, Far-right party (Front National) leader

The Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppé called for an upholding of national unity, “for as long as possible.” He also asked “the Muslim community representatives to speak up and say that Islam does not mean the ideology of murder. We will resist.”

According to the interior ministry security personnel including 50,000 police officers, 32,000 gendarmes and 1,150 soldiers have been mobilized across the country.

French investigators found a dozen Molotov cocktails and two jihadist flags in the getaway car used in the massacre at a Paris magazine, a source close to the case told AFP Thursday.

Police are still searching for the two suspects in the Charlie Hedbo attacks who are believed to be the Kouachi brothers, Cherif, 32 and Said, 34. Cherif Kouachi was known to police in France after spending time in prison.

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An 18-year old Hamyd Mourad turned himself into police on Wednesday after seeing his name circulating on social media.

There have been on-going terror raids going on in France over the last couple of days.

French special operations forces deployed on Thursday in a northern town where two brothers suspected in the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has said nine people remain in custody in connection with the investigation into the terror raids. Various raids have been carried out and numerous properties have been searched. Around 90 witnesses have given statements to police.

A vehicle exploded in the Villejuif area to the south of Paris on Thursday evening.

An American cartoonist shows solidarity with Charlie Hebdo

This cartoon is by Tom Stiglich:

“I’m a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist with Creators Syndicate. I feel for our friends in France. Here’s a cartoon that I did showing American cartoonists’ support for the fallen journalists from Charlie Hebdo.”

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Solidarity is being shown all around the world.

We are all cartoonists now.

Photo: A.F. Branco

Photo: A.F. Branco

UPDATES:

Police are currently searching the Retz forest for the Paris terror suspects. This forest is one of many leads they are receiving.

Please stay with ANM News on this developing story.

NOTE: This story has been edited for content after publication.


Charlie Hebdo carnage in Paris should be a wake-up call

Photo: Thibault Camus. AP

Photo: Thibault Camus. AP

PARIS, France — On Wednesday, France woke-up to a carnage that took place in the center of Paris at the Headquarters of the weekly magazine “Charlie Hebdo”. I grew up in Paris when Charlie Hebdo was already making anti-establishment, anti-God and anti-anything-and-everything statements on a weekly basis. Much of what they publish is often a mix of satire and really bad taste, but freedom of the press shouldn’t be for the faint of heart and cannot be a one way street.

This being said, I am in shock and my prayers go out to the families of the 12 victims. France is in shock as well and remains on the highest alert for terrorism. There was absolutely no excuse for such a barbaric blood bath. As this is a developing story, some of the details could change fast.

Charlie Hebdo was started in 1969 and outside of a break from 1981 to 1992, is still being published weekly in 2015. They already had been attacked in 2011 when they published a cartoon of Mohammed and as a result got their facility firebombed. As the staff was having their regular editorial meeting on Wednesday, the killers barged inside the conference room and after asking for names, started shooting the staff. Twelve people lost their lives at the hands of what the authorities now believe were three men.

Two brothers by the names of Saïd and Cherif Kouachi (Franco-Algerian), in their thirties, and another younger man, Amyd Mourad (nationality unknown). Amy Mourad apparently decided to surrender to the police later in the night. Two of the twelve innocent victims were police officers killed in the line of duty. More people were wounded and several are still in critical condition.

As the story develops, we will undoubtedly learn much more, but even though French authorities were originally very reluctant to connect the crime to an Islamist terrorist act, there is no longer any doubt that it was act of radical Islam against French citizens. Not to mention the fact that on the scene and as he went on his killing spree, one of the three terrorists declared: “We have now avenged the Prophet”. Speaking of course of Mohammed, and leaving little doubt as to the real motive of this mass murder. Additionally, it was later reported that all three men shouted “Allahu Akbar” as they went on with the carnage.

People will look at Islam from different vantage points from categorizing all Muslims as bloodthirsty barbaric terrorists to embracing all Muslims as peaceful practitioners of one of the three major world religions. I find myself somewhere in the middle and frankly, regardless of where you stand, we can all learn a lesson from such a tragedy.

This is not the first wake-up call that France has received but it would appear that tolerance, multiculturalism and political correctness keep pushing the snooze button over and over again.

Today, France was tested regarding freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Will the country that championed satirical literature–taking it back all the way to the days of Marie-Antoinette–flex under pressure from the Islamists? Hard to say quite yet, but if France doesn’t take a stand, today will be remembered as much more than the “Charlie Hebdo Massacre”, it will be remembered as the day that freedom died.

There was in excess of 100,000 people rallying all over France within hours, many brandishing signs with the motto:”Je suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie” in a sign of solidarity. This was a very spontaneous reaction from the French who apparently have decided not to cave in. I applaud that move.

The French people and the French press might have spoken but the government must take this matter beyond the propagating of the new hashtag #jesuischarlie or #Iamcharlie. As a matter of fact, I agree wholeheartedly with Benjamin Netanyahu who in the short message of support he sent France, reiterated that this was an international problem, not just a French one.

This should serve as a wake-up call to the international community. Islamists are getting bolder and bloodier by the day. We have seen a lot of these kind of acts against the Jewish people lately, especially in France. The Islamists hate Israel and the Jews and will continue to go after them with rage. The way that the Jews have been attacked, and even killed recently should have been an early sign of what was coming. Israel is the “little Satan”, France and the rest of the West are “The Great Satan”.

The world must understand that what happened in Paris today wasn’t an act of anti-Semitism it was an act of evil and barbarism that, if left unpunished, will only invite many more…much bloodier acts. Yet for years now the Jewish community has been the greatest recipient of anti-Semitism and the world has for the most part looked the other way, not reading or possibly not willing to read the writing on the wall.

I am reminded of this profound statement that Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby made in 2004:

What the world should already know but so often forgets is that Jews are the canary in the coal mine of civilization. Anti-Semitism is like cancer; unchecked, it can metastasize and sicken the entire body. When civilized nations fail to rise up against the Jew-haters in their midst, it is often just a matter of time before the Jew-haters in their midst rise up against them.

If today wasn’t a wake-up call, I have lost all hope for France!