Isil knifemen ‘shouted Daesh and slit priest’s throat’ in Normandy after taking nuns hostage in church as doctor is shot at German clinic
‘Islamic State’ Chanting Attackers ‘Behead’ Priest During Morning Mass In France
The Democrats accurately point out that overall violence is decreasing; they can’t understand why Trump’s warnings have resonance in the electorate.
I suspect there are three causes.
Social media instantaneously gives us the news and the gore: videos of police violence, a dead child in the streets of Nice, policemen under attack.
Much of the violence is directed against the institutions and traditions that hold society together: police, priests, Bastille Day celebrations, the Boston Marathon.
Violence can occur anywhere (rural Normandy at a weekday mass!) We cannot feel safe anywhere.
The martyred priest, Jacques Hamel
The Democrats try to brush off anxiety about violence off as unreasonable; they tell Americans that they should be worried about the real danger: global warming.
In a new interview published in The Atlantic magazine, President Obama says he is more worried about climate change than the terrorist group ISIS.
“ISIS is not an existential threat to the United States,” he told Atlantic correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg. “Climate change is a potential existential threat to the entire world if we don’t do something about it.”
In France the Socialist Prime Minister has this consolation:
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stated, “We would like to tell the French people that we will never give in. We will not give in to the terrorist threat. The times have changed, and France is going to have to live with terrorism.”
Terrorism is the new normal, and they will just have to get used to it, because the Socialists will do nothing effective to prevent it (not even coordinating the intelligence and security services).
It is a great consolation as one’s throat is being cut that the government is focused on global warming. Somehow I don’t think the electorate is going to accept this, and will turn to those who promise to end the violence (although the cure may end up being worse than the disease).
UPDATE: The Breath-Taking Incompetence of the Socialist Government:
One of the Normandy church murderers was a convicted terrorist who was meant to be living with his parents with an electronic tag on his ankle, according to security sources.
The astonishing revelation – made to the French TV news channel I-Tele – well cause further outrage in a country devastated by constant security failings.
Two attackers were shot dead by police commandos during the siege at Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray this morning, and their identities are already known to the authorities.
One, who lived close to the church, is said to have left for Syria in 2015 to try and join Islamic State, but he was arrested in Turkey.
He was jailed for terrorist offences following a short trial in France, before being released on March 2nd this year.
But this did not stop him becoming involved in today’s atrocity, in which Father Jacques Hamel, 86, had his throat cut.
Neither of the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray attackers have yet been named.
French security services have been regularly criticised for the way they allow known terrorists their freedom after being found guilty of crimes.
The church where a priest was killed after having his throat cut by two knife-wielding hostage-takers was on the ‘kill list’ of a suspected ISIS terrorist arrested last year.
The two attackers entered the Church of the Gambetta at around 9.45am local time (8.45am UK time) during morning prayers and took a priest, two nuns and two worshippers hostage.
Parish priest Jacques Hamel was killed and a worshipper is fighting for life after being attacked before police shot the two knifemen dead.
It has since emerged Sid Ahmed Ghlam, 24, – who was arrested in Paris last April – had the name of the church in a series of documents believed to be related to the planning of terror attacks.