Paris terror attacks leave dozens dead

Victims lay on the pavement in a Paris restaurant, Friday. (AP Photo / Thibault Camus)

Victims lay on the pavement outside a Paris restaurant. (AP Photo / Thibault Camus)

The horrific news out of Paris tonight just gets worse and worse. The death toll seems certain to rise to several dozen, at least, and it’s unclear if we know the extent of what was a coordinated, sophisticated attack on several sites. The nation’s president, Francois Hollande, reportedly was attending the friendly match between Germany and France when at least two explosions took place at the stadium — raising the possibility these attacks were intended not only to kill as many people as possible, but to be the kind of spectacular atrocity favored by al-Qaida.

With reports that gunmen were also shouting that they were getting revenge for Syria, though, ISIS can hardly be ruled out. That’s particularly true when you consider the Paris attacks follow right on the heels of (among others) bombings in Beirut that killed at least 43, wounded more than 200 others and were claimed by ISIS; the crash of a Russian passenger jet in Egypt in which 224 died and for which ISIS has claimed responsibility; and ISIS bombings in Baghdad today that killed at least 26. As I was writing, there were unconfirmed reports that an arrested terrorist claimed to be part of ISIS.

One need not be alarmist to point out the possibility other attacks in other locations, including perhaps the U.S., may be on the horizon.

So, tonight, pray for the victims and their families. But starting tomorrow, be ready for a different tone in conversations around the world about how to confront the evil that is all too willing to confront us.

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lvg
lvg

Kurds and US forces liberated Sinjar and found mass graves of Yazidis . One grave had eighty elderly people shot to death. US troops are aiding Kurds despite our ally Turkey bombing the Kurds and despite Iraqi army claiming it was in charge . Tell me this change in use of US troops to take the battle to ISIS for protection of Christians and Yazidis being slaughtered  by ISIS is a mistake.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Wonder if this attack will result in Obama reconsidering taking more Syrian refugees?  


Probably not, what harm could they do anyway?  He will say it is the humanitarian thing to do for the Syrians, neglecting the fact that it may not be humanitarian for innocent Americans.  

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

There is little doubt at this point ISIS or likeminded affiliates are here and more are coming, either on an individual basis or invited in by our Administration. We had containment in Iraq and the means to contain Syria, but our clueless leader gave them the territory my son and the sons and daughters of many other Americans fought and bled and suffered hardships to gain. It can and in all likelihood will happen here, again.

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@DawgDadII I'm sorry for the delay approving your comment (and those of others). Now that the blog has moved to MyAJC, I am strongly considering going back to un-moderated threads, meaning comments wouldn't require preapproval. But it'd be next week before I could make that happen.

lvg
lvg

Excellent article but I expect cons like Liz Cheney will rush to find some reason to blame Obama. Is there a Benghazi connection?

DMayr
DMayr

A sad reminder that outside forces meddling in Middle Eastern affairs for political gain never comes to anything good. Hopefully, those in US politics who have made huge mistakes in this regard (for dubious, constantly shifting but never reality-based reasons) are taking a cold hard look in the mirror. I sincerely doubt it, but hope springs eternal...

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@DMayr Obama LOVES looking in the mirror but I doubt that is going to help matters.  

He created ISIS, and now France--France!--is taking a leading role in dealing with them and paying a price.

JKToole
JKToole

@LilBarryBailout Anyone with any knowledge of recent history knows that ISIS was created by Paul Bremer with the stroke of a pen (the policy of De-Baathification) in the wake of our invasion of Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@DMayr Kyle, you approved the other comments was there something wrong with this one, too bellicose?

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

Unfortunately, we allowed Syria to descend to a point where there isn't a good side to be on.  Most there either hate the west because they've always hated the west, or because they put their faith in the west and got no help.

lvg
lvg

@LilBarryBailout . Yeah blame Obama the Muslim LBB! and   maybe Benghazi too!!!

We are now backing , aiding and fighting with the Kurds and Yazidis who are only group winning and protecting minorities and rescuing Women enslaved ,  sqving Christians and people facing beheading. ! We are doing this despite Turkey , an ally, opposing any aid to the Kurds.I guess you are faulting the Commander in chief for that -Pathetic and disgusting!

coolray
coolray

@LilBarryBailout We didn't "allow Syria to descend". The United States is not the God of the world and we don't exercise control over world events. 


Stop with the political slogans and grieve for the victims. If you can help, do so but the crasp and uncouth reaction to every event is disgusting.


Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@coolray @LilBarryBailout Some folks want your children and mine to die to show we are in charge of the world.  If you think it is up to us to run the world, put YOUR kids or grandkids in the service!

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@Wascatlady @LilBarryBailout

Yes, allowed.

We made the correct pronouncements about how this was going to end ("Assad must go") but then did little more than make playground taunts about red lines while Assad slaughtered his opponents.

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@coolray @LilBarryBailout Right, because certainly nothing that's happening in Syria will spill over into neighboring middle east countries, or into Europe, or Paris.  

Meanwhile, YOUR gods are promising to bring 100,000 Syrians here every year.  Can you guarantee none of them are terrorists or are receptive to terrorism?