Predictably, authorities claim that crazies are to blame for the attacks, despite the large Islamic clues. JihadWatch’s Robert Spencer suggests another strategy:
France: Now 1,000 soldiers deployed on streets to combat Christmas jihad terror attacks, December 24, 2014Below, soldiers patrol Paris near the Eiffel Tower, armed with traditional weapons, not anti-psychotic medications.
French authorities have described all the recent jihad attacks there by Muslims screaming “Allahu akbar” as manifestations of mental illness. So why are they deploying troops? How can soldiers fight mental illness? Shouldn’t they be deploying psychologists?
SunTV’s Michael Coren and John Robson discussed the increased danger from “low-rent fanatics” who drive vehicles into crowded public places. Coren observed, “Their tactics though, and I don’t say this with any relish, they are successful in that they are changing European societies. France is changing security, protection, the way people regard themselves. Now this is precisely what the far left, the Marxist left tried to do in the sixties and seventies, to provoke a free society into becoming less free.”
In 2005, Muslims rioted and torched property in the Normandy town of Evreux. An 80-year-old woman remarked, “We were happy here. Now we’re afraid.”
In the decade since, the danger has only increased because of more Muslim immigrants.
France orders troop patrol reinforcements after attacks, New York Times, December 23, 2014
PARIS — After a string of attacks across France that have heightened concerns about Islamic militancy, Prime MinisterManuel Valls said Tuesday that hundreds of additional military personnel would be ordered onto the streets to reinforce a routine deployment of security forces.
“There is a terrorist threat in France,” Valls told a news conference in Paris. “It is undoubtedly the main challenge of our time.”
But, seeking to reassure a jittery nation unsettled by fears of militancy linked to the jihadist campaign in Syria and Iraq, Valls said that between 200 and 300 more military personnel would be deployed, in addition to 780 already on the streets as part of routine year-end precautions. He indicated that the soldiers’ mission would be to guard against copycat attacks inspired by the three assaults.
“Vigilance, calm, determination. These are the key points,” Valls said, speaking after successive attacks in the central town of Joue-Les-Tours on Saturday, in Dijon on Sunday and in Nantes on Monday.
In Dijon and Nantes, a total of more than 20 people were wounded when men drove vehicles into crowds of people, with one of the drivers shouting an Islamic rallying call. The authorities depicted both drivers as mentally unstable.
In Joue-Les-Tours, a 20-year-old man with a concealed knife entered a police station and attacked three officers before another shot and killed him.
“These three events do not appear to have any link,” President Francois Hollande said Tuesday. But the timing of the attacks on successive days justified “extreme vigilance,” he added.
The violence raised fears that militants acting alone may have decided to stage attacks on French citizens in response to their government’s support for the U.S.-led air campaign against jihadists in Syria and Iraq. The attacks followed bloody episodes ascribed to so-called lone wolf assailants in London last year and in Sydney last week.
Security concerns in France and elsewhere have been heightened by the radicalization of thousands of Europeans who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State, which seeks the establishment of an Islamic caliphate.
The interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, told reporters in Nantes on Monday that the attack in that city, where a man drove a white van into a crowd of pedestrians at a Christmas market, was “in all likelihood the act of an unstable person.” On Tuesday, Hollande said that one of the 10 people injured in Nantes had died, with aides describing it as a “clinical death.”
In Dijon, the city prosecutor, Marie-Christine Tarrare, said the driver who rammed into pedestrians the previous day, injuring 13 people, was a 40-year-old French citizen of Algerian and Moroccan descent who had “serious and long-established psychiatric issues” and who had been treated for such problems on 157 occasions.