Why did France let the Muslims in, in the first place?
In France, like in the rest of the European Union, Muslims have been allowed to migrate from the Islamic World (Middle East and North Africa) and so are free to roam and mix inside Western Society. This includes the violent and radical ones and those not so, but who can tell the difference?
The Islamist terrorism threat is not just external as in the case of ISIL in the Middle East. France’s primary security problem is now internal.
Nearly all Muslims have brought their Muslim baggage with them to Western Society. They want the West’s lifestyle and benefits but do not accept the West’s ways or freedoms. So Muslims choose to live in Islamic silos (enclaves) inside Western societies like France.
And Leftist Multiculturalist naivety has embraced them doing so, granting them enclaves and mosques, and in some countries letting them hide behind burqas in public.
France has stopped short of the latter. But in France, nearly all Muslims have no desire to assimilate with French open society and its liberal culture. Many Muslim women in France wear the veil as a show that they are Muslim not French. It is a rude snub to their French hosts.
Across France, there are currently 90 mosques with a further 100 to 150 planned. Scary.
A total of 17 people — in addition to the three perpetrators — died over four days of bloodshed that included a dozen dead at the newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the slaying of a policewoman and an armed hostage-taking at a kosher market. The Jewish victims of the supermarket attack will be buried in Israel this week.
The Islamist Kouachi brothers behind the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack were Algerian but happily resided in France. They hated France, hated French open society and hated the West. They were fanatics supporting Islamic sharia and had links to Islamic Yemen and to al-Qaeda in Yemen.
Cherif Kouachi (32) was convicted in 2008 for involvement in a network sending fighters to Iraq. His brother Said (34), was known to have travelled to Yemen in 2011, where he received weapons training from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He returned to France freely.
They had both then been under surveillance by France’s internal security (DGSI), but as they hadn’t done anything suspicious and because surveillance resources were limited, they were taken off the watch list. In 2009, one of them had even managed to meet then president Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee palace as part of an employment initiative.
France has let the Islamic Trojan in. In January 2015, there are currently about 7 million Muslims now in France, or about 10% of the almost 67 million national population. Many have arrived from what were once French colonies such as Mayotte, which for instance is 100% Muslim. France’s southern city Marseilles is 40% Muslim.
France has the largest contingent of Muslims in Europe. Many have immigrated in the past two decades, such that in France, Islam is the second-most widely professed religion after Roman Catholicism. Worse is that on top of the immigrating Muslims, there are about 200,000 native French converts to Islam year on year. And Muslims breed at three times the rate of Westerners, so Islam is like a social virus.
“Who has the right to say that France in thirty or forty years will not be a Muslim country? Who has the right in this country to deprive us of it?” — Marwan Muhammed, spokesman, Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), Paris.
The list of suspected Islamic radicals in France is now in the thousands and growing and DGSI lacks the resources to carefully monitor all of them.
The number of French extremists travelling to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside Islamists there has worsened the situation since they could return home battle-hardened and further radicalized. It has been estimated that almost 1,000 French nationals have left to join jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Then there are the thousands radicalised in prison who are being released after serving their sentences.
In Australia, more than 150 Muslim men holding Australian passports have left on a jihadi crusade to join ISIL in Syria. This makes Australia the highest foreign per-capita jihadi contributor to the conflicts. If they don’t return who cares? But the problem is their return to Australia after being radicalised and terror trained. No civil Australian will want jihadis back on Australian soil.
The cost to Australia is considerable too. Australia’s spy and counter-terror agencies (ASIO and ASIS) have received an extra $630 million funding boost to fight the threat of home-grown terrorism caused by the radical Islamic threat within.
The price France is now paying for its internal Muslim risk is considerable, both socially and financially. It is the price of maintaining a secular France with open borders and no ethnic screening.
It is the same naivety that Charlie Hebdo displays in its provocative satire, knowing that Frances borders are open and the security gate is left unlocked to Islamists.
DGSI has less than 4,000 agents, while France’s external agency (DGSE) has around 5,000. Now that the Islamic Trojan is within, the role of the two agencies has been blurred, and there is talk that numbers will need to be considerable increased to deal with the heightened internal risk of Islamic extremism.
And increasing surveillance will put civil liberties at risk, so is France really free now that the enemy is within the city gates?
France has today just deployed 10,000 troops to protect Jewish schools, synagogues and other sites across the nation in an unprecedented security boost, as French authorities remained on high alert after last week’s deadly attacks in Paris. Nearly half of the soldiers — about 4,700 — will be assigned to protect France’s 717 Jewish schools, officials have said.
The cost of this internal defence will be considerable.
The extraordinary measures marked the first time such a large military force in France has been used in civilian protection, and brought the latest images of troops on Western streets — scenes reminiscent of the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States and later attacks in London and Madrid.
It also underscored the deep concerns about the possible risks of more terrorist strikes even as officials probe the roots of last week’s attacks by suspected Islamist militants.
“It’s the first time in the history of France” that the army has been used in such a way, said army Col. Benoit Brulen, who arrived with three soldiers at a Jewish school and synagogue in the city’s 11th arrondissement — not far from the satirical newspaper where the days of bloodshed began last week.
“But it’s an indication of the level of menace we face,” he said. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told France’s BFM television that France is at war against “terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam.”