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Paris Attack Underscores a Deeper Malaise

Stratfor suggests that the Paris attack is designed to get the states to crack down harder on Muslim communities in order to further their narrative that the West is waging war on Islam and Muslims.

France anti-IslamWednesday's deadly attack against a French satirical publication has the potential to upset relations between European states and their Muslim citizenries. The strategic intent behind such attacks is precisely to sow this kind of crisis, as well as to influence French policy and recruit more jihadists. Even though Islamist extremism is, at its core, an intra-Muslim conflict, such incidents will draw in non-Muslims, exacerbating matters.

Three suspected Islamist militants attacked the Paris office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with high-powered assault rifles, killing 12 people. Among the dead are the editor and cartoonist Stephane Charbonnier, who was on a hit list appearing in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's Inspire magazine for "insulting the Prophet Mohammed." Eyewitness said they heard the attackers shouting, "We have avenged the Prophet Mohammed," and chanting, "God is Great" in Arabic. This is the third such attack in a Western country in less than three months. The Paris incident involves perpetrators who displayed sophisticated small arms and small unit training.

Whether or not these attacks are the handiwork of self-motivated grassroots jihadists and cells or of individuals tied to international jihadist entities, such incidents aggravate tense relations between the Western and Muslim worlds. This is all the more significant in Europe, where states are experiencing the rise of right-wing nationalism and Muslim communities have long experienced disaffection. The jihadist objective is to get the states to crack down harder on Muslim communities in order to further their narrative that the West is waging war on Islam and Muslims.

While Western states go to great lengths to demonstrate that no such clash of civilizations is occurring, right-wing forces engage in rhetoric that reinforces these fears among many common Muslims across the world. More important, there is a longstanding conflict of values — particularly freedom of expression, which is cherished in the West but seen by many Muslims as a license for sacrilege. Though the vast majority of Muslims will not engage in violence in response to speech deemed as blasphemous, there are many who will. In Pakistan, the blasphemy law has been a subject of huge controversy. Many Pakistani citizens have been murdered by their fellow countrymen for speech or behavior deemed objectionable. At the root of this problem is the extreme discomfort many Muslims have with free expression, although this attitude is not universal. The person of the Prophet Mohammed is all the more sensitive because the traditional view is that he cannot be depicted pictorially, let alone in a satirical manner.

Ultimately, this is an intra-Muslim struggle for power and control wrapped in a debate over what it means to be a Muslim in today's world and what the boundaries of justifiable action are. Defining those factors is one tool that can be used to gain power; attacks against the West and its interests, meant to force Westerners to pull out of Muslim lands or to attack Muslims and enforce the jihadist narrative, are another. This issue undermines efforts by moderate and progressive Muslims to advance the notion of freedoms based on an Islamic ethos.

The ongoing intra-Muslim debate gives extremists ample ideological and, by extension, geopolitical space to exploit. The jihadist enterprise deliberately targets non-Muslims, in particular the West, in part as a means to gain ground within the Muslim milieu. This strategy also sucks the Western world into what is essentially a Muslim civil war in order to tackle the security threats posed by Islamist militant actors.

In this way, the internal debate within the Muslim world does not lead to the defeat of the extremists or the easing of relations between Muslims and the West. But that is exactly where the jihadists are vulnerable, and where the real battle to defeat jihadism needs to be fought. As long as the ideology survives, it will produce new fighters. 

"Paris Attack Underscores a Deeper Malaise is republished with permission of Stratfor."

Ed footnote: The above article is from a secular source, but has been published for information to the modern-day Issachers who seek to 'understand the times' (1 Chron 12:32). See also 'When the Lights go out in Europe'.

The following video is dated 14/11/12

Stratfor, 08/01/2015

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(Guest) 09/01/2015 20:52
John, I would certainly agree with your first paragraph in it's entirety.
But, these "moderate peace loving Muslims" as you call them, ARE in submission to Islam. When these many incidents, such as the one that has happened in Paris occur, no doubt there are the Imams and those Islamists that adhere FAITHFULLY to the Koran, will publicly 'condemn' the slaughter, but privately BLESS and SUPPORT it. Taqiyya permits Muslims (peace loving or not to tell lies-please check this out-look on Wikipedia). Yes Muslims are told to deny their faith, if they believe it is to their common good. This is totally and unequivocally diametrically opposed to Christian doctrine, I hardly need to point you to the many appropriate Scriptures?
It would appear from much of what we have witnessed in recent years that all terrorists seem to be Muslims, but not all Muslims are terrorists?
When I use the awful noun "SATANIC", as I did in the comment previous to yours, I don't use it lightly.
We know where unrepentant liars will end up, Revelation 22.8?

There is much on the internet which point to those in the cab of the bin lorry being Islamists (I have no proof). However the local council has publicly declared that they will NEVER release the name of the driver and his co-workers.
This is never right-All decent Scots (believers or otherwise) would totally forgive the driver if he had a heart attack, or some other ailment that led to the cause of this most dreadful tragedy?
What are your thoughts on this?
(Guest) 09/01/2015 20:55
Sorry, Revelation 21.8.
(Guest) 10/01/2015 16:44
blame "the other" rather than take responsibility
it was ever thus
(Guest) 10/01/2015 16:51
Our ethical traditions all come from the same source.
Those who want to divide are certainly not Christian but have other baser motives.
John Miller 12/01/2015 15:46
I had never heard that the bin lorry driver is a Muslim. I cannot understand why his identity will never been released and I do think that is very unusual. I could not speculate if there is any connection between these two theories.
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Editor 13/01/2015 10:42
"Pegida marches: 25,000 join anti-Islamification protests in Germany following Paris attacks"

Germany's growing anti-Islamic protest movement registered its largest attendance on Monday with 25,000 supporters turning out in what organisers described as a tribute to the victims of the terror attacks in Paris.
Read on...
Guest (Guest) 13/01/2015 21:49
Am I alone on this, but has any one read what Nick Clegg has said on this website, via the Christian Institute??
"Free speech has to be for everyone" (what, including Bible believing Christians, who declare sodomy for what it is, and many other things....

I nearly collapsed!
(Guest) 14/01/2015 18:29
who declares sodomy for what it is. I nearly collapsed
what a sad life you must live.
Is that all you have to say
Guest (Guest) 15/01/2015 09:18
I assume that you approve of sodomy?

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