July 14, Bastille Day, is like Independence Day in the US. Nice is my third city in Europe, after Amsterdam and Paris, although many times I consider it my first because of its splendid surroundings inhabited by the more friendly southern French and its lovely climate. Now, my friends there are mourning after a cruel terrorist act. How many times have I strolled along the Promenade des Anglais, so named after British engineers who built it in the nineteenth century out of gratitude for the many Brits who came to escape their dreary cold and drizzling winters?
How many more such terrorist attacks have to happen before Europe and the US take decisive action to eradicate radical Islam? Islam itself will not do it. It is intrinsically weak, full of fear of reprisals at home, and philosophically and religiously strongly divided. How long did it take for Europe to defy Hitler? Only after he invaded Poland when he had already overrun Austria and Czechoslovakia. It took two years, and a number of its ships torpedoed by Nazi submarines, and Pearl Harbour, that made America finally join the war in Europe.
How long will it take before our current leaders take decisive action? More talk, speeches and nothing doing? Erasing François Hollande’s mentioning of radical Islam in the White House?
How many more innocent people leading a quiet and pleasant life and enjoying the fruits of Europe’s prosperity will have to be torn to pieces by the cruel medieval outcry of Allahu Akbar? How long will it take our current leaders to agree that the root of the cancer must be exterminated with a full-blown counter-attack where it really hurts? Why not now? A battle here and there in Iraq will not solve the problem. The cancer has already spread dangerously inside Europe and the US. Containment has only made it worse.
Nice will hurt for a long time. Its promenade is a joyful walk now draped in blood, black and tears. It will not be the same anymore. Until the evildoers are silenced for good. And that requires the guts that so far has been totally lacking in the US and Europe.
Let’s vote people to power that will act. I trust France will lead but it cannot do so alone.
Vive la France! Vive Nice!
I found a little sheet torn from an old Dutch calendar the other day, sent once by a family member, who passed away a long time ago. It was of the year 1933 (Thursday, October 12). Each sheet had a text with daily food for thought at the back.
The text contains the following gripping story:
“Around 1688 in a small village of Carinthia a young men lived working as a supervisor in a gunpowder mill. As he needed money, he took his horse to a nearby market and sold it for 300 Thalers. On return he overnighted at an inn and, thinking nobody would see him, went to the stable to pray because he belonged to the suppressed Protestants, who were not allowed to worship in public. A horse trader discovered him and immediately knew he was a Protestant. However, he did not want to betray him because he found it a good opportunity to sell him a book he carried with him, which he knew was highly valued by the Lutherans. It was a large Bible of Weimar. The Protestant was afraid that the horse trader would betray him, but when he saw that he offered him a Weimar Bible that he had never been able to find, he became very interested. They agreed on a price of 30 Thalers. The young man took it home and showed it with much pride to his family. Knowing people suspected him to be a Protestant, he did no dare to read it openly but gathered his family during the night in the cellar and read them God’ s Word from the Weimar Bible by candlelight.”
This typifies the religious strife between Catholics and Protestants. Shocking to be remembered of that by a tiny calendar paper that pops up on your desk. And what do we have now in the Middle -East? Christians are being beheaded. Radical Islam (ISIS), which is Suni, murders Shiites as well (similar to the religious battles in Europe). It takes a long evolution before people become more rational about religion. The Middle Eastern year is somewhere around 1435, the Middle Ages and Renaissance years in Europe, from which emerged Martin Luther and Calvin, and the ensuing religious conflicts. The last one took place in Northern Ireland, some 50 years ago. So if history is any guide, it may take a few more years before Radical Islam comes to its senses. Let’s hope it won’t be centuries.
and Kathryn of Omaha TV
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Kathryn to Mars Man: Welcome to Omaha TV! The only TV station still operative under the new Temporary Military Regime! Our team is here in full for the first session in the New Year and we are watching the enormous rally in Paris in defense of free speech and against radical Islam. All major leaders are there including Fatah’s Abbas. The US Administration seems conspicuously absent. A missed opportunity but in line with their policy of appeasement.
Mars Man: Good point, Kathryn. This killing of freedom of the press, freedom of speech and the spread of political correctness on Mother Earth has culminated in the tragedy in Paris. How are you coming out on this down there?
Kathryn: Our panel is as usual very divided on these issues. The previous US Administration now deposed did not want to call a spade a spade and avoided systematically to call terrorist violence Islamic Jihad, even though Jihad is a term used in the Koran. Instead of taking these issues head-on, Eric Holder preferred to spend his time to push for changing the Redskins name and accusing General Petraeus of having revealed State secrets about matters such as the cost of Pentagon toilets to his mistress during pillow talk. Let’s give the floor to our panel here. Fred, go ahead.
Fred Miserable: It was about time Petraeus took over to protect American democracy and its exceptionalism, the only country that has free speech in its Constitution. But I’m afraid that so much harm has already been done that counter action by the US Government will be spineless and just for show.
Charles: Once you let the devil out of the box, it’s very hard to get him back in. For decades, Western governments, especially France, have been pussyfooting Islamic extremism, both at home and in their former colonies, because they didn’t want to face growing political unrest. You all know the French saying ‘après nous le déluge’. France established enclaves all over its country, so called no-go zones, to let Islamic communities from their former colonies create their own civil societies. These NGZs are constituted of unassimilated French nationals and have become ticking time-bombs. Several have been going off in Paris before, as well as other cities, but this last one is a harsh reminder that instead of diminishing unrest this policy of weakness and appeasement has only solidified jihadist aggression.
Fred Miserable: The awful reality is we have those NGZs even in the US and nobody talks about it.
Kathryn: What’s Mars’s view on this?
Shamus: Let me start of by saying we don’t have the same religious confusion on Mars as on Mother Earth. Here we all bow to Jupiter once a year and for the rest we just behave in accordance with solid principles of justice, regardless of whether you bow or not bow to Jupiter. If you don’t behave you risk being dragged to the market place and have other Martians throw rotten tomatoes in your face.
Elmer: One of our principles is free speech like on Mother Earth but you should not insult religious belief, whatever belief you practice. But on Mother Earth, free speech covers insulting someone else’s religion. Here this is forbidden by law, as is screaming “fire” on Mother Earth in the cinema to scare people. Religion is people’s souls and therefore über-sensitive. That’s playing with fire and underscored by the shooting in Paris. There’re lots of things you can make fun of but not of the sacred icons of someone’s religion.
Marlene Femenazi: Satire is a complex matter: where do you draw the line? I think when drawing a joke you have to keep in mind, “Am I not too offensive.” American cartoon satire maybe different from that in Europe that seems a bit more freewheeling. In my view you have to maintain a certain decency and Charlie Hebdo may have overstepped this boundary, even though they knew perfectly well what they were doing.
Huda: Making funny cartoons of Seksibombah in short skirts and big boops is fine with me. A big seller in the Middle East, I’m told. But women in your Middle East are not allowed to look at them. That’s hypocritical.
Pasha: How could they even look at them in burkas? But I hear that women throw off their burkas as soon as they set foot in the house and walk around in shorts and put on lipstick. Seems indeed a very hypocritical society.
Mars Man: Not less hypocritical than Mother Earth’s western governments. Appeasement in any form or shape is defeatist. History on Mother Earth is full of examples. You give a finger to the blackmailer and he takes your arm. Hitler did it with Neville Chamberlain. It led to World War II with 50 million dead. The Ayatollah has been doing the same with Obama, and unless checked it will lead to World War III with many more dead. Give money to Fatah and Hamas to appease them and it will lead to another Middle East War. We see Abbas walking up front with other leaders joining in the protest against radical Islam and killing of journalists, but what will he do when he is back home? Ask for more money that will be funneled to his terrorists?
Shamus: Don’t fight ISIL’s expansion and they will come after you, much bigger than in Paris, and before you know it you have another war with many more casualties. Appeasing jihadists will lead to more attacks because they see that you are a pussycat and they are winning. Mother Earth’s politicians are cowards until their peoples rise up and demand they protect them against evil. That’s why you have Petraeus and the military of the US taking over the Government, to protect the US Constitution, even though they had to do it with an unconstitutional act.
Charles: The boiling point has been reached. Being sweet to your enemy never works. Understanding them and defeating them does. American and European leaders must enforce respect built on fear that you won’t let them run over you. On the other hand, I agree with Elmer of Mars TV that you don’t poke in the fire by insulting people’s sacred religious icons because it causes resentment. What’s the point.
Elmer: Your Muslim calendar starts in 632 and has now reached year 1435. The same century that you had your Spanish Inquisition, burning Jews and Muslims on stakes because they did not adhere to Catholic religion and your Pope. You can compare that to Radical Islam today. Your Catholics believed at that time they were right. Today’s Islamic radicals believe they are right. Who believes anything in the West nowadays except free speech? Christians are pursued even in the USA today by atheists and socalled nonbelievers in the press. I predict it will take another 600 years before Islam and Christianity, if it still exists given your secular and atheist society, come together like your Catholics and Protestants did only recently.
Kathryn: All well said, but nobody over here seems to take that seriously, least the US Media. In the Middle East they make fun of Christ and nobody does anything about it here. What’s the view of Bob Demmofool, if you are able to talk after your mishap in Mexico.
Bob: Free speech is embedded in our Constitution. Unlimited, except for the few exceptions such as crying fire in the cinema, but the US President is president of all and cannot single out one religion as evil.
Henriette Forgetmenot: That doesn’t address the issue of going over the line with free speech. I’ve no objection regulating that religious insults even as jokes on Islamic icons should be limited, but only on the condition that all nations do that with Christianity as well, and that we fine any cartoonists wherever they are that do not. But you go to court to protest it and don’t terrorize and kill for it. No religion can claim supremacy over another. Catholic religion had to admit that as well, though they took their time.
Charles: Speeches and rallies against Islamic extremism make a clear point but only action counts. France and the rest of Europe must address their policies of digging their heads into the sand with the spread of no-go zones where Sharia is practiced. These cancer cells in western culture and society will eventually destroy it and democracy itself. We shall have to see what happens after the rallies. The conspicuous absence of the US is ominous and felt as a betrayal of American values.
Paul Turnmeon: That Hayat Boumedienne has a sweet face, though. Sad eyes, like someone distressed and disillusioned. I wish I could have a coffee with her to find out what she really is and thinks.
Marlene Femenazi: She is also shown holding a gun in your face. Happy coffee clatsh, Paul. Islamic radical women blow themselves up in coffee shops. Good luck.
Fred Miserable: Especially when the shops are Jewish, such as that kosher shop in Paris. There is still widespread anti-Semitism in France. Don’t forget France is Dreyfus country. It’s not only Muslims wanting to get rid of Jews.
Mars Man: If I may, Kathryn, it is gratifying to see the outpouring support for free speech and a free press, but the Media in your country are amongst the biggest sinners in terms of political correctness, with your President as their Commander.
Fred Miserable: Point well made. All of our networks consist of leftist liberals, most of our major cable stations and papers are, and all is encouraged by a president who said he would transform America. Which he did and succeeded in to a large extent.
Shamus: What we hope on Mars is that the new temporary military government will stop this hemorrhaging of American values and stands up for Western culture and philosophy and brings America back to living up to its intrinsic values.
Kathryn: We share your hope. This must be the end of our show, but much more will be said about this subject in the future. Next week we hope to have an interview with the deposed President in Hawaii. The latest news is that the Petreaus Interim Military Government will send him bills to sign but he cannot veto them. If he tries, they will take his golf sticks away, we hear. Dear viewers, both on Mars and Mother Earth, see you next time.