Above, the Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson condemning the terror attacks in Paris during a speech at a presidential summit in Orlando, Florida yesterday.
This organ along with all it’s readers will be feeling very sorry for all those innocent Parisians caught up in yesterday’s outrage. We English often jokingly remark about the French. But we – and they – understand that this is in jest. We British and the French have major disagreements. However we are not enemies but friends. Friends often disagree. Fundamentally. Many Britons have and still do want to go our separate way from France – in therms of EU membership – but this DOES NOT mean that we want to walk away from our alliance of western friendship and western values.
It is therefore with a heavy heart that the tile of today’s article was chosen for the chickens have come home to roost with a vengeance.
This is President Hollande’s address to the French nation earlier today:
“………What happened yesterday in Paris and in Saint Denis is an act of war and this country needs to make the right decisions to fight this war. This act committed by the terrorist army, Islamic State, is against who we are, against a free country that speaks to the whole world.
It is an act of war prepared and planned outside, with outside involvement which this investigation will seek to establish. It is an act of absolute barbarism. France will be ruthless in its response to Islamic State.
At this painful and serious time, which is such a decisive one for our country, I call for unity, for a collective spirit and for cool heads. I will address Parliament at Versailles on Monday.
France is strong, and even if she is wounded, she will rise once again. Even if we are in grief, nothing will destroy her.
France is strong, valiant and will defeat this barbarism. History reminds us of this and the strength we today bear to come together convinces us of this.
My compatriots, what we defend is our homeland and much more than that, it is our own values of humanity and France will bear its responsibilities………”
In commentary, the British Gazette would draw everybody’s attention to the supportive comments of Doctor Carson and would advise the French people that at times like these you find out who your friends are.
Practically, the one thing the nations of Europe can do is to change the policy of accepting huge numbers of Muslim migrants. These desperate people should be helped but in camps of safety in countries within reasonable proximity – consistent with security – to their homelands.
What we have seen in Paris is that the violence that is endemic within certain populations is transported with them from place to place. If you import an entire population – or significant proportion thereof – of a violent unstable country you import its instability and violence, as the instability and violence lies within the people and not within the soil. This is axiomatic.