France, Jihad against the West--and Israel

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

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If you want to see how a Westernized France responds to Jihad, here’s an essay from FrontPageMag. It’s called, “Exceptional Measures against Jihad” (Kenneth Timmerman, November 17, 2015). I’ve edited it. I’ve also done some rewriting so that the essay fits my format.

As I listened to French President Francois Hollande over the weekend, I was struck by the familiarity of the ritual phrases he used. He spoke about the French response to terror attacks that had swept through my old neighbourhood in Paris on Friday the 13th.

“France will be merciless toward the Daesh barbarians,” the president declaimed, referring to the Islamic State by its Arabic-language sobriquet. “France will act with all the legal means at its disposal.”

As I recall, that’s the same thing Hollande said in January 2015 after another group of jihadi Muslim terrorists attacked the editorial offices of the satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, murdering journalists, cartoonists, and a security guard.

It was the same language he used a few days later when yet another group of jihadi Muslims hit a kosher supermarket in Paris.
Between January 2015-November 2015, what ‘merciless’ steps did France take against Daesh? As it turns out, not much….

For example, the Direction de Surveillance du Territoire (DST), the French equivalent of the FBI, maintains a registry of “radicalized” young Muslims, known as “S-cards.” The French S-registry contains no fewer than 16 nuances of radicalization and other threats to national security, from S-1 to S-16. The French could identify a lot of radicals with such an impressive approach.

Indeed, many of the perpetrators of recent terrorist attacks in France had S-cards. But then, the DST never brought them in.

With the decree of a nation-wide State of Emergency for the first time since 1961 (during the war in Algeria), President Hollande explicitly authorized the DST to act. It’s to conduct warrantless searches. It’s to detain individuals without charge.

Will it do that?
Christian Estrosi, the Mayor of Nice, cancelled a planned performance of La Traviata. He asked restaurant, bar, café and night club owners to ‘take all necessary measures to protect their establishments’, something their Israeli counterparts have lived with since the homicide bombings of 2002.

He also spelled out one concrete measure. ‘I’ve asked that all persons with S cards be placed under house arrest’, he announced. Let’s see if that actually happens.

There is something France can do. But no one has dared say it out loud: round up radical imams and deport them. If they have no other nationality, then jail them on charges of sedition….

France hasn’t done enough. For example, I arrived at the Nice airport on Sunday morning an hour-and-a-half ahead of my flight to Washington via Germany, twice the normal time. But [there was little increased security visible]….

We didn’t even have to take off our shoes!

It would certainly have been reassuring to see someone, somewhere, actually question passengers intelligently about where they were coming from, whether they had been given anything to carry on board, whether they had packed their own bag, etc. But, apparently, the French still consider that too intrusive….

As always, when jihadi Muslims commit terrorist attacks, the French national media bends over backward--to be politically correct--to air the voices of “moderation” within the Muslim community and the political Establishment. These wise men and women caution against scapegoating. They proclaim that terrorism is a “social” problem. They tut-tut that talk of a “war” against terrorism (even when announced by the President of France) is absurd, since everybody knows that such attacks are criminal in nature and require good police work, not a military response. …

My friend Mark Durie, an Anglican pastor from Australia, has written several books about Islamic doctrine. He offers us an instructive lesson from the Dutch war against radical Islam in Indonesia at the turn of the 20th century.

The Dutch East Indies Company and its commanders were losing the war in Aceh to a Muslim uprising. Eventually, they hired a consultant named Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje, a Dutch expert on Islamic doctrine, who told them they were fighting against a Jihad.

‘Hugronje counselled them to change tactics’, Durie told me. ‘Instead of going after the insurgents and the villages they controlled, he said they needed to chase the mullahs out into the jungle and kill them, so they could empower the traditional leadership and the local clans. And it worked’.

One of the reasons cited for the Dutch success in putting down that rebellion was that they buried the rebel imams with the carcasses of pigs and made it known. That meant that instead of dying as martyrs for jihad, they died with the certainty they were unclean and were going to Hell. It was a message was not lost on the young men the imams had been so successful in recruiting up until then.

Remember President Obama explaining to an uncomprehending public that the U.S. military had given Osama Bin Laden a burial at sea to preserve his “dignity” and so not to offend Muslims?...Imagine if we had buried Osama Bin Laden with a pig carcass and broadcast the video? Or if each time we blast an al Qaeda or ISIS leader with a drone we send in special operations troops to gather up his remains to give them an appropriate burial and post the video on YouTube?

We will not win the war against the barbarians by playing nice. You want exceptional measures? Defeat the Jihadis by robbing them of their ultimate victory: their dream of paradise.
My comment: I’ve heard stories about ending a Muslim uprising by burying slain Muslim fighters with pigs. I don’t know if the stories are true. I don’t know if burial with a pig has the effect described above.

Two things, however, are certain. First, the West doesn’t know what to do about the Islamic war it faces; and second, the West doesn’t yet have the courage to act against it.

Israel has that courage. But each time Israel acts against similar ideological-religious attacks, the West won’t lift a finger to help Israel. It talks about criminalizing Israel instead of helping it.

Jihadists see that—and take note.

Now, Jihad has come to France. Following the Paris attack, an emboldened ISIS threatened Britain, Australia, Canada and the US. The West reacted to all of this with outrage—followed by political correctness, to soften anti-Muslim reactions.

Jihadists see that, too.

My advice is simple. If you’re Jewish, make aliyah. Live in Israel. Israel knows how to respond to these killers. Then, when the you-know-what hits the proverbial fan, you’ll be a lot safer.

(The original essay is at FrontPageMag. Please read it)