With a knife in hand and “Allahu akbar” on his lips, a man went after French soldiers outside Europe’s most famous museum on Friday in what officials believe to be a terrorist attack. After the soldiers tried to subdue the man using non-lethal force, they were ultimately compelled to shoot him in the shadow of the Louvre – one of Paris’s top tourist destinations.
The incident once again brought France’s growing jihadist problem to the headlines following terrorist attacks that have plagued the citizenry for the last two years.
According to police officials, the terrorist – who has yet to be identified publicly – approached the museum holding two backpacks. When the French soldiers patrolling the shopping mall outside the Louvre told him he couldn’t bring the bags inside, he launched his attack.
“That’s when he got the knife out and that’s when he tried to stab the soldier,” said officer Yves Lefebvre.
In comments to the press, French President Francois Hollande said there was “no doubt” that the incident was of a “terrorist nature.”
As of Friday afternoon, the perpetrator was still alive and in custody.
“He is wounded in the stomach,” said police chief Michel Cadot. “He is conscious and he was moving.”
As far as French terrorist attacks go, this one was undeniably mild, and for that we must give credit to the soldiers and their vigilance. Of course, the soldiers were only there because Paris has been forced to heighten security in the wake of previous, far-more-deadly incidents of terror – the Charlie Hebdo shooting and the Bataclan concert massacre. Their very presence indicates a city and a country that has no option but to adjust to a new and disturbing “normal.”
This is the future that President Donald Trump is trying to prevent in the United States.
There’s been a great deal of talk lately about how Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees will only make it easier for ISIS and other terrorist groups to recruit followers. The idea is that by “declaring war on Islam,” otherwise-moderate Muslims will suddenly be inspired to launch attacks on U.S. citizens.
It is, of course, absurd to think this way. Western European nations like Germany, France, and Belgium have gone out of their way to welcome Muslim refugees and immigrants into their countries. They have been repaid for their kindness in blood. These Islamists aren’t fighting for acceptance; they are fighting for dominance.
Prior to 9/11, there was no discussion of “Islamophobia.” Al Qaeda didn’t plot the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history because they were insulted by the American president’s views on Muslims. The president could have BEEN a Muslim, and it would have made no difference.
We may not be able to stop every nutjob who finds themselves inspired by radical propaganda online, but we can at least keep foreign terrorists from setting up sleeper cells in our country. All it takes it the will to do it.
Thankfully, we have a man in the White House who cares more about saving lives than impressing liberals. Perhaps that will be enough to keep France’s “new normal” from becoming our own.