What we are seeing in France is part of the continued criminalization of being Muslim. Particularly the criminalization of visibly Muslim people – particularly Muslim women. Women are coerced – with the threat of force – to take off their burins at the beach. ‘How would you feel if a nun was forced to take off her habit on a beach?’ Secular law doesn’t mean disrespecting religious sensibilities. It does mean tolerance for all by all, without favoritism. Briefly, EXTREMISM wins in irrational attitude of Secular France.
An established nation like France declaring war against a stateless group of terrorists who use asymmetrical tactics is politically unwise. At what point is such a war over? Who do they make peace with? America got itself in a lot of trouble for similar posturing after 9/11. Trillions of dollars, and many human lives later, where are they at with our War on Terror?
The world is suddenly filled with tears and sorrows at the naked dance of death in France. Every time there is an attack, resolve to fight terrorism multiplies. Fighter jets fly over Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. They shower rains of bombs and smile over their target of destruction…yet the threats of terror wake up from deep slumber.