Following the Paris attacks that claimed 129 lives on 13 November, President Hollande thundered: “France will launch new air strikes on the IS strongholds in Syria…”
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said the Paris attacks would have been different if people had guns. How ridiculous!
Can terror be tamed with guns?
A frank admission came from none other than the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair himself only three weeks ago.
In an interview with CNN, Blair, while talking about the armed intervention in Iraq in 2003, said: “I apologise for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong……
“I also apologise for some of the mistakes in planning and, certainly, our mistake in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the regime.”
He also said: “Of course you can’t say those of us who removed Saddam in 2003 bear no responsibility for the situation in 2015.”
Well, Blair finally admitted that they could not absolve themselves of the grievous mistakes committed in 2003.
From the graveyard of Saddam rose the IS. The US and its allies may have annihilated the dictator, but it has given birth to these swivel-eyed loons who are determined to strike and launch horrendous attacks.
The world has become frightfully unsafe. It’s terribly insecure now. The Paris attacks have shown what terrorists can do in a city that experienced the ugly face of terror barely ten months ago. Remember the Charlie Hebdo (a French satirical weekly newspaper) shooting on 7 January this year?
According to reports, Abaaoud, a 28-year-old Moroccan descent, the mastermind behind the Paris attacks, is thought to have arrived in Syria sometime in 2013 or 2014 and slipped in and out of Europe since. He is believed to be back in Syria now. At least two of the men believed to be directly involved in the Paris attacks had years-long connections to him and came from his same poor neighborhood in Brussels that has become a breeding ground for European jihadists.
Unfortunately, world leaders have failed to understand that the decimation of the IS cannot solve the problem and ensure peace in the world. What is needed is to get to the bottom of the malaise: a vast section of humanity, deprived of basic needs, leads a hardscrabble life. They don’t have homes; they don’t have access to minimum health care and above all education remains out of bounds for them.
It is time world leaders shunned military attacks on the terror outfits and mulled and devised strategies to bring these militant groups to the mainstream.