I hate when people blame the victim. Seriously, I do. It’s insult on top of injury that usually isn’t necessary and, more often than not, is pretty darn conceited.
But (you knew that was coming…) I have to say a few words about yesterday’s terrorist attack in Paris at the headquarters of newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Specifically that France has been utterly, inexcusably imprudent in past years, opening its doors wide for this kind of thing to happen in a disturbingly literal way.
With its lax immigration policies, France – and many other countries in Europe – has become a haven for immigrating Muslims. So much so now, that there are entire neighborhoods around the country that are populated by only Muslims.
So what? You say. Here in the U.S., we have Little Italys and Little Chinas. Isn’t it normal for people to want to be around likeminded individuals?
True, but those neighborhoods here in the U.S. aren’t so-called no-go areas that are so thoroughly controlled by extreme Muslims that cops won’t even venture within their borders. As The Washington Times reports, “France has Europe’s largest population of Muslims, some of whom talk openly of ruling the country one day and casting aside Western legal systems for harsh, Islam-based Shariah law.”
Scary, right? Like it kinda might spell out trouble of the terrorist-attack variety?
This isn’t anything new. This has been an ongoing and recognized problem or a while. And yet France hasn’t changed its policies as far as I’m aware.
So really, what’s to be expected except for this kind of violence?
This was predictable, people. It’s tragic, but it was predictable. And therefore, it was preventable.
Sorry, France. Believe it or not, my thoughts are with you. And more power to those men and women who braved the cold and defied the terrorists last night to stand in solidarity with the victims of this senseless act of war.
Long live freedom! And common sense.