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French Prime Minister: 15,000 people on radical Islamist watch list - 'learn to live with terrorism'
Shortly after the Nice attack, in which an Islamic radical killed 86 people by driving a truck through a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said France would have to “learn to live with terrorism.” As you might expect, the remark landed with a thud, since people who appease terrorists have a tendency not to live at all.
Still, France seems hell-bent on walking a self-destructive path that leans heavily on playing defense. Now, as Reuters reports , we know that the challenges created by such a strategy are growing by the day. Unless things change, stopping future attacks will be impossible.
The French capital was put on high alert last week when French officials said they dismantled a "terrorist cell" that planned to attack a Paris railway station under the direction of Islamic State.
"This week at least two attacks were foiled," Manuel Valls said in an interview with Europe 1 radio and Itele television on Sunday.
Valls said there were 15,000 people on the radar of police and intelligent services who were in the process of being radicalized.
Remember, France is a country that could fit comfortably inside Texas. Just think of the havoc 15,000 extremists could wreak in such a small area.
The problem with playing defense, obviously, is that defenses will eventually fail. Even the best goalies let the puck hit the back of the net. If you're willing to "live with" a situation where you're forced to stop terrorist attacks on a daily basis, one day they're going to succeed. And Valls is openly admitting as much:
"There will be new attacks, there will be innocent victims... this is also my role to tell this truth to the French people," Valls said.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has offered a raft of suggestions on how to be more proactive in ensuring the nation's security, but Valls isn't particularly interested.
In an interview newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD), Sarkozy said France needed to get tough on militants by creating special courts and detention facilities to boost security.
"He is wrong about trying to wring the neck of the rule of law," Valls said.
Apparently, the lives of his people are worth less than his pro-Islam, pro-refugee, agenda.
Sadly, in ordering his country to “learn to live with terrorism,” Valls is really telling his people that, yes, some people are going to have to watch their friends and loved ones be slaughtered. Stop complaining and suck it up. It's a small price to pay for your Prime Minister's globalist leanings, right?
Here's hoping someone will get the art out of there before it's incinerated...