Sunday, 15 November 2015

What people are saying about the Paris killings

Mark Steyn

M Hollande declared that "nous allons mener le combat, il sera impitoyable": We are going to wage a war that will be pitiless. Does he mean it? Or is he just killing time until Obama and Cameron and Merkel and Justin Trudeau and Malcolm Turnbull fly in and they can all get back to talking about sea levels in the Maldives in the 22nd century? By which time France and Germany and Belgium and Austria and the Netherlands will have been long washed away.

Sean Gabb

Bad idea to invade the world. Bad to invite the world. Do both and need your head examined.


We are all immigrants.

David Penglase

If you open the door when mad dogs are outside....they tend to come in and bite you. 

Traian Basescu, President of Romania 2004-14

What happened on Friday night showed that demagoguery is not a substitute for security. We have all been convinced that the integration of a culture and religion so different from Christianity is impossible. And this was recognised by European leaders years ago, including by Mrs Merkel, who recognised that cultural integration has been a failure in Germany and Europe. The wave of migrants from Europe this year found Europe unprepared and has led to the collapse of border security .... What happened in Paris confirms that Europe can not be everyone's home. Europe is primarily the home for Europeans, the home for Christians.

Adam Gopnik

Andre Glucksmann wrote, in the wake of 9/11, a remarkable book, still untranslated, called “Dostoevsky in Manhattan,” in which he insisted that modern terrorism, including Islamic terrorism, is nihilist before it is religious and even before it is political. He attached its motives to the terrorism of the century before—to the violence, which Dostoevsky and Conrad dramatized so well, which redounds not to a political end but with a wild vengeance and the existential message, “I kill, therefore I am.”

Mary Hughes-Thompson, co-founder of the Free Gaza movement (she sounds like peter Simple's Mrs. Dutt Pauker, who lived in a house in Hampstead called 'Marxmount' and had an Albanian Maoist au pair Gjoq).

I haven't accused Israel of involvement. Still, Bibi is upset about the European settlement boycott. So who knows.

My friend Bunny

When we have all finished praying for Paris, can we agree that maybe it would be a good idea to have stricter border controls and to stop inviting thousands of fighting age men from the Middle East into Europe?

Andrew Lawrence

Are we allowed to have better border controls yet? Or is it still racist?

Andrew Neil

Those who think Islamic State barbarity is a response to Western foreign policy might like to speak to the Yazidi women who are still alive.

Jean-Claude Juncker

Those who organised, who perpetrated the attacks are the very same people who the refugees are fleeing and not the opposite. And so there is no need for an overall review of the European policy on refugees.

[Dacian Ciolos is one of Herr Juncker's aides or was until last week when he was nominated by President Iohannis to be Prime Minister of Romania.]


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    1. You know so much about the Arab world - what do you think about ISIS and what 'we' should do?