War in the heart of Paris

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Muna Al-Fuzai lo­cal@kuwait­times.net

French news­pa­pers de­scribed the Paris at­tacks as a ‘War in the heart of Paris’ with black mast­heads. The Paris at­tacks are in­deed an act of rad­i­cal ter­ror­ism. It is an in­sult to hu­man­ity, and an in­ci­dent that should unite the world to com­bat terror re­gard­less of its lo­ca­tion, source and power.

A state of emer­gency has been de­clared across France af­ter at­tacks on restau­rants, a con­cert hall and a sports sta­dium on Fri­day in Paris killed at least 128 peo­ple with hun­dreds be­ing in­jured and many of them in crit­i­cal con­di­tion so far. It is in­deed a bar­baric at­tack and who­ever is be­hind this mis­sion should not be al­lowed to es­cape pun­ish­ment, be they mil­i­tants, French cit­i­zens, im­mi­grants or even state in­tel­li­gence. So far, there are mixed re­ports over who is who be­hind this mess. So far , all me­dia re­ports are di­rect­ing fin­gers to con­ser­va­tive Is­lamic groups that could have a con­nec­tion with the Is­lamic State (IS) or Salafi groups, or even new groups. All at­tacks have caused dam­age against clear tar­gets and in­no­cent civil­ians.

Four gun­men killed at least 80 young peo­ple at­tend­ing a rock con­cert at the Bat­a­clan mu­sic hall. The at­tack­ers were killed at the site. The as­sault came as France, a mem­ber of the US-led coali­tion wag­ing air strikes against the Is­lamic State (IS), was on high alert for at­tacks. Po­lice said eight as­sailants had also died, seven of whom had blown them­selves up with ex­plo­sive belts at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, while one had been shot dead by po­lice.

Al­though IS has later de­clared its re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tacks, and they are a pure mur­der­ers ,I think the as­sump­tion to be­lieve this the­ory alone is not enough. I think such at­tacks need also the work of in­sid­ers, pro­fes­sion­als and trained killers, prob­a­bly French Im­mi­grants with con­ser­va­tive roots who really hate France. There is a pos­si­ble ex­is­tence of ac­com­plices who might be flee­ing right now. Es­pe­cially with the grow­ing of con­ser­va­tive Salafi ide­olo­gies in France in re­cent years. I think France now should be open to all op­tions. The blood of in­no­cent peo­ple must not go in vain.

What hap­pened is really a ter­ri­ble crime against hu­man­ity. There­fore, we should not rest to con­sider we are safe just be­cause we are thou­sands of miles away. There is no safe place as long as there are oth­ers who wor­ship killing and blood­shed.

Re­ports also said that Paris has can­celled all pub­lic trans­porta­tion ser­vices in­clud­ing the Metro yes­ter­day, as French news­pa­pers de­cried a ‘War in the heart of Paris’ with black mast­heads. Mean­while, some Arabs on so­cial me­dia here were try­ing to un­der­mine the crime and in fact, some of their com­ments were provoca­tive , rude and il­log­i­cal be­cause they kept com­par­ing the num­ber of dead peo­ple in Syria and other places with the hun­dreds of those who died in Paris. This com­par­i­son is wrong and naive.

All Ara­bian Gulf states have con­demn the Paris at­tacks in­clud­ing Kuwait’s gov­ern­ment, be­cause the at­tacks vi­o­late all hu­man and moral val­ues. I ex­press my con­do­lences to the French gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of France for the ter­ror­ist at­tacks which are in vi­o­la­tion of all re­li­gions, ethics and man­ners.

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