Early Comments on the Paris Attacks

Let’s start with Driscoll’s shot-and-chaser:

Who knows, maybe this time they mean it.

“Hollande: ‘We are going to lead a war which will be pitiless,’” the Washington Examiner, tonight.

“French Premier Declares ‘War’ on Radical Islam as Paris Girds for Rally,” the New York Times, January 10, 2015.

Second headline via Allahpundit, who tweets, “Exhibit A in why I keep saying nothing will change. War has already been declared. And?”

There’s the ever quotable Mr Steyn:

Twenty-four hours ago, I said on the radio apropos the latest campus ’safe space’ nonsense: This is what we’re going to be talking about when the mullahs nuke us.

Almost. When the Allahu Akbar boys opened fire, Paris was talking about the climate-change conference due to start later this month, when the world’s leaders will fly in to ’solve’ a ‘problem’ that doesn’t exist rather than to address the one that does. But don’t worry: we already have a hashtag (#PrayForParis) and doubtless there’ll be another candlelight vigil of weepy tilty-headed wankers. Because as long as we all advertise how sad and sorrowful we are, who needs to do anything?

And, of course, complaints about how Paris attacks are taking media attention away from mizzou.

… and. oh, yeah, let’s not forget, it sure is a good thing that French laws regarding gun ownership are restrictive; think how much worse this whole episode would’ve been had those affected been allowed to carry, legally, on their persons, the means to defend themselves.

Update (20151115): It’s still early, isn’t it? Anyway, Instapundit references an article in The Boston Herald that is, in general, blandly awful, but it does include a couple of quotes from Angelo Codevilla:

“What I expect is there will be more mindless calls for tight security on the general population rather than a focus on the people who are likeliest to do these things — on the people who shout ‘Allahu Akbar’,” he said.

Codevilla’s case in point is France itself, where blanket surveillance and wiretapping is commonplace.

“There is no such thing as privacy of communication in France — I mean no such thing,” he said. “The implication here is we can multiply by an order of magnitude the amount of intrusive surveillance and we will have results no better than what they have in France.”

Second, I just thought I’d highlight comments by The Donald:

The billionaire business mogul said the outcome would have been “different” if citizens were armed.

“And I’ll tell you what, you can say what you want, but if they had guns, if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry, it would have been a much, much different situation,” he said.

Heh.

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