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January 8, 2015 8:34 am

Paris Attacks Show France’s Appeasement of Radical Islam Has Failed

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A burning car outside a Paris synagogue hours after the Charlie Hebdo attack. Photo: Twitter – Less than three months ago, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry claimed that there was a link between Islamist terrorism and frustration over the Palestinian issue. Yet despite vigorous recent attempts by the French to champion the Palestinian cause, Islamist terrorists have just struck in Paris, killing 12 people at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Where did Kerry’s theory go wrong?

At an Oct. 18, 2014 State Department event celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, Kerry presented his linkage theory. Discussing the phenomenon of young Muslims flocking to the ranks of Islamist terror groups such as the Islamic State, Kerry said that the issue of “Israel and the Palestinians” is “a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation” among Muslims worldwide.

If Kerry were correct, then one would expect the Islamist extremist groups to refrain from harming those who embrace the Palestinian cause. And France certainly has been at the forefront of pro-Palestinian activism, especially in recent weeks.

On Dec. 2, the French parliament voted overwhelmingly to demand that the French government immediately recognize the “State of Palestine.” Not after negotiations. Not with Israel’s agreement. Just do it right away, whether the Israelis like it or not. And the vote wasn’t even close—339 in favor, 151 against.

Four weeks later, the Palestinian Authority presented a resolution to the United Nations Security Council, setting a timetable for Israel to unilaterally withdraw from all of Judea, Samaria, and most of Jerusalem. That is, back to the pre-1967 armistice lines that Abba Eban said would make Israel so vulnerable that it would set the stage for another Holocaust.

That position is so extreme that even the Obama administration, which has not exactly been Israel’s warmest friend, opposed the resolution. Yet France joined with those stalwarts of reason and democracy, China and Russia, to support the resolution. France’s ambassador to the United Nations, explaining his country’s vote in favor of the resolution, said there was “an urgent need to act.”

One would think—if one subscribed to the Kerry Linkage Theory—that Islamist extremists would have appreciated France’s sense of “urgency” regarding the Palestinian issue. But evidently not.

In the meantime, there was more pro-Palestinian news from France. The city council of Aubervilliers, which is a suburb of Paris, voted to grant honorary citizenship to Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian terrorist leader who is currently service five consecutive sentences of life imprisonment for carrying out a series of terrorist attacks in Israel.

Not many Americans have heard of Aubervilliers, but those who are familiar with the history of World War II may know the name of the city’s most famous and longest-serving mayor: Pierre Laval. His 19 years as the leader of Aubervilliers was interrupted when he was called to national service—as the head of Vichy France and chief collaborator with Adolf Hitler. It was under Laval that more than 77,000 Jews were deported from France to Auschwitz and other death camps.

But why dredge up old history, when there are fresh victims to memorialize? One of the attacks that Barghouti masterminded consisted of gunning down a Greek Orthodox monk. Another was a shooting and stabbing attack on a Tel Aviv restaurant, in which three Israelis were murdered and 31 wounded.

France’s national government was not responsible for the decision of Aubervilliers to honor a mass murderer. But when combined with the French parliament’s vote on Palestinian statehood, and the French government’s vote at the U.N., one would think that this French bear-hug of the Palestinians would impress the Islamists. The massacre of journalists in Paris by killers shouting the jihadist call of “Allahu Akhbar” indicates that perhaps the linkage that Kerry imagines is nothing more than that—imaginary.

Appeasement of terrorists never works. Endorsing terrorists’ political demands—such as Palestinian statehood—never satisfies them. And blaming Israel for the rise of terrorist groups is an outrageous theory that has been repeatedly discredited by real-world events.

Stephen M. Flatow, an attorney in New Jersey, is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in a Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995. He is a candidate on the Religious Zionist slate ( in the World Zionist Congress elections.

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  • charlie johnson

    Neanderthals Are People, Too –
    Besides, would it even be technically possible? Although ancient genome sequences are now extraordinarily accurate, they cover only about two-thirds of the Neanderthal genetic map.
    [Search domain] they need all the support they can get.

  • Jack

    If you replaced Islamist with criminals it would be a truer read!
    Linkage, BAH!
    Criminals are criminals.

  • Jack

    Dear Secretary Kerry, as difficult as it may be to believe, the process of internal appeasement of Muslim immigrants into Europe,and a lesser extent in North America, is creating a situation that is about to boil over.
    Especially in Europe.
    Unlike the Middle East where Israel has had to basically build a modern fortress against the constant attacks, and the population mostly behaves as a regimented whole, Europe has a history of of internal dissent that can turn violent against any sector of society.
    Again, unlike the ‘Missle East’ where the Muslims outnumber the Israelis by at least 50 to 1, in Europe the Muslims are outnumbered 9 to 1.
    And so far they have no ‘missles’.
    So far.
    There will be escalations over time and the impacts will become greater.
    Twelve dead is just the beginning for those criminals who are nothing but puppets to their own fears.
    We must call for change to modernity inside Islam more forcefully.
    Al-Sisi is a brave man, but remember what happened to Anwar Sadat and protect your assets accordingly.

  • Lauren Goldman

    Every time I see or hear of another appeasement to islam, the image of Neville Chamberlain standing with the agreement with Hitler, yimach sh’mo, flapping in his hands declaring, “Peace in our time,” comes to mind. And of course that worked out so well. With every concession, the islamic jihadis are emboldened, knowing that they will never be taken to task.

    The world has shown itself to be impotent in the face of islamic terrorism, and the anti-Semitism which has been repressed since WWII has found fertile ground throughout the Western world. The new growth industries in Europe will be burqa and beheading sword manufacture.

  • blackrose

    Kerry is anti-Semitic and stupid as reflected in his linkage theory. France has a huge Muslim voting block which sways their government. In memorium to the victims of the Arab massacre of Parisian Charlie Hebdo journalists, the French government should immediately rescind their support of the UN resolutions to recognize Palestine and one requiring Israel’s withdrawal from Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem; and France should start supporting Israel.


    ISLAMIC TERRORISM: Just a few things to think about on a cold wintry evening….

    In 732 AD the Muslim Army which was moving on Paris was defeated and turned back at Tours, France, by Charles Martell.

    in 1571 AD the Muslim Army/ Navy was defeated by the Italians and Austrians as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to attack southern Europe in the Battle of Lepanto.

    …in 1683 AD the Turkish Muslim Army, attacking Eastern Europe, was finally defeated in the Battle of Vienna by German and Polish Christian Armies.

    …this #$%$ has been going on for 1,400 years and half of these damn politicians don’t even know it !!! If these battles had not been won we might be speaking Arabic and Christianity could be non – existent;

    Judaism certainly would be… And let us not forget that Hitler was an admirer of Islam and that the Mufti of Jerusalem was Hitler’s guest in Berlin and raised Bosnian Muslim SS Divisions: the 13th and 21st Waffen SS Divisions who killed Jews, Russians, Gypsies, and any other “subhumans”.

    Reflecting A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine that America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves.

    Pause a moment, reflect back. These events are actual events from history. They really happened!!! Do you remember?
    1. In 1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by a Muslim male.
    2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by Muslim males.
    3. In 1972 a Pan Am 747 was hijacked and eventually diverted to Cairo where a fuse was lit on final approach, it was blown up shortly after landing by Muslim males.
    4. In 1973 a Pan Am 707 was destroyed in Rome, with 33 people killed, when it was attacked with grenades by Muslim males.
    5. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by Muslim males.
    6. During the 1980’s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by Muslim males.
    7. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by Muslim males.
    8. In 1985, the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by Muslim males.
    9. In 1985, TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by Muslim males.
    10. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by Muslim males.
    11. In 1993 , the World Trade Center was bombed the first time byMuslim males.
    12. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed byMuslim males.
    13. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take down the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by Muslim males.
    14. In 2002, the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against Muslim males.
    15. In 2002, reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded by—you guessed it was a— Muslim male.
    16. In 2013, Boston Marathon Bombing 4
    Innocent people including a child killed, 264 injured by Muslim males.

    No, I really don’t see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you?

    So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people.
    Absolutely No Profiling! They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members of the President’s security detail, 85-year old, Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winner and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim Males, alone lest they be guilty of profiling.

    Have the American people completely lost their Minds, or just their Power of Reason???

    Let’s send this to as many people as we can so that the Gloria Aldreds and other stupid attorneys along with Federal Justices that want to thwart common sense, feel ashamed of themselves — if they have any such sense.

    As the writer of the award winning story ‘Forrest Gump’ so aptly put it, ‘Stupid Is As Stupid Does’.

    Each opportunity that you have to send this to a friend or media outlet…


    • Rachel Sabarit

      thank you Maggie B for that succinct history (which omits bombings in London and other parts of the world by Muslims, including the recent hostage taking and killing of 2 innocents in Sydney, Australia) but nonetheless is a pretty frightening record in its own right of the violence perpetuated against the Western world in recent times by Muslim males. I will indeed forward it to the >100 people on my mailing list, and will credit it to you, Maggie B, if I may.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Now what are the rest of the EU, appeasers of Islam going to do?

    This should be interesting to observe but not to be present for the final acts.

  • john rowan

    yes the reason France will not sell warships to Russia is because Russia hates Islam, way to go, Russia

  • Bill

    The old ghosts of Europe are alive and well. Why listen to the truth when a lie you want to hear is available. What do you think Mr. Kerry?????????

  • Portia

    Once again, Kerry should have kept his mouth shut. Appeasing insane, radicals doesn’t work, has never worked, will never work. Rolling over to dictatorial people NEVER works for those doing the rolling over..It just promotes more tyranny, less freedom and now, freedom of speech against anything Islam will be forbidden in France and other countries. It is nearly happening in the USA. Islamists won’t be happy until Israel and USA and Western Europe are flying under their black Satanic Flag. Will we give in so it will happen? Free People need to understand that Radical Islamists cannot be appeased. Israel needs more land for free people…They don’t need to give up land for slavery of all under Islam.

  • steven L

    The whole of Europe had an opportunity to show on which side it stand. The Europeans have failed the test of unity against fanaticism. But they remain antisemitic.

  • For most of history, northern Europeans were the barbarians. The civilised world down south saw us as a sauce of amber, metals and exotic-looking slaves.

    Muslims are peaceful by nature. they ruled Spain for roughly 800 years. During this time, non Muslims were flourishing and held high positions. The minority of non Muslims in the middle east enjoy stability and prosperity.. the prophet Mohammed says( whoever kills any non Muslims , he will be my persecutor in the day of judgement) our prophet had a Jewish neighbour . one day he became ill , the prophet himself visited him to ask about his health. I hope i could give you some information about tolerance in Islam..

    The West has never been at ease with Islam since the Crusades. It is unfortunate that huge oil supplies lie under the Arabian Deserts. It is the West that stirred the trouble that led to 9/11. That attack was a desperate act of by men prepared to lose their life. We need to get to grips on who is the terrorist? On 24 November 1963, Lyndon Johnson said, “the battle against
    communism… must be joined… with strength and determination. Some three million lives were lost in the consequential battles. The US had to pull out due to Public Opinion. Communism lived on. So who was the terrorist?

    The number of Britons choosing to become Muslims has nearly doubled in the past decade, with one of the most comprehensive attempts to estimate how many people have embraced Islam, according to news source the Independent. While previous estimates placed the number of Muslim converts between 14,000 and 25,000 an inter-faith think tank estimates the real figures could be as high as 100,000 with nearly 5,000 converts each year nationally.

    European countries will face new humanitarian tragedies leading to mass killings of people if they continue in their failure to embrace tolerance toward different cultures and religions, President Abdullah Gül has warned.

    “Islam and migrants have been a reality in Europe for centuries. As long as the continent of Europe doesn’t approach segments which are different from the majority with tolerance, particularly in regards to religion, an occurrence of new inquisitions and Holocausts, as well as incidents evoking Srebrenica, are probable,” Gül said yesterday.

    His strongly worded remarks came as he delivered a keynote speech at the opening of a two-day international symposium on “Migration, Islam and Multiculturality in Europe” arranged by Hacettepe University’s Migration and Politics Research Centre.

    Racism and a lack of tolerance of different cultures and lifestyles are some of the chronic diseases in Western societies, Gül said, drawing attention to the increase in support for political parties which portray migrants as the main reason for societal problems in European countries such as safety, unemployment, crime and poverty.

    “When politics begins ‘otherizing’ a segment, then we see the alienation of migrants and minorities from the country in which they live and from the society in which they live as an inevitable consequence. As seen in countless examples in history, countries which have been able to perpetuate societal and cultural diversity in unity and harmony have stood out in history. Correspondingly, countries which have exerted efforts to either destroy or put pressure on societal and cultural diversity due to different fears have first of all lost their human richness; subsequently, they have experienced a loss of economic and political power,” the president said.

    “In this regard, although each country is responsible for producing its own authentic resolutions, showing respect for multiculturalism [is necessary],” he said.

    “Racism and intolerance toward different cultures and lifestyles are unfortunately one of the most chronic diseases. Although this disease can be taken under control, it arises again, particularly during times of economic crisis,” he said.

    The president also emphasized the importance he attaches to the Law on Foreigners and International Protection which was approved by Parliament on April 4 in a bid to harmonize Turkey’s regulations on the issue with those of the EU. Gül approved the law on April 10, allowing it to go into force on April 11 after being published in the Official Gazette.

    • AEWH

      If Islam is so peaceful and the West is the only civilization that has oppressed minorities then where did all those millions of Zoroastrians go? This is but one example, but a significant one. After all, the Zoroastrians were a major religion until they were conquered. Did they just all decide to willingly convert? Or maybe there was some coercion there, eh?

    • paul roberts

      Peaceful by nature is an interesting way of putting it. Let’s say Muhamad did exist for the purpose of this conversation. (A very violent man if the Koran or Hadith is to be believed and not a good role model.) Seventy years after his so called death. Islam had an Empire 5 times the size of Rome. Now this never happened by knocking on the doors and saying to people ‘Have you heard the good word’. Death, mutilation, rape, plundering, false conversions more death ect… ect. (See Old Testament, Koran and Hadith. (Waiting for interesting response as the Koran and hadith still had not been finished at that time).
      You know full well that the 9/11 attacks were due to USA troops being on the soil of Saudi Arabia. So the Sunnis cried, (when told too). The US was invited to the region by the King of the time right or wrong, for obvious reasons.
      Or maybe we can all scream about Palestine, as the Islamic world does, along with the Liberal left and the Labour Party that I sadly no longer belong to or recognise. But, let’s look at Palestine for a moment. This seems to cause most of the problems worldwide on a daily basis or so it is claimed. As am sure you know, the UK Government took control of Palestine after WW1 from the Muslim Turks (who occupied it) in the late 1930’s. Pre WW2, the UK government gave everything the Arab’s wanted. It’s was called the’ White Paper’, but still this was not enough. (I won’t go in to details I’ll let you do that). Also see Haj Amin al-Husseini (aka Himmler’s buddy) you will now see the link with the ‘White Paper’.
      Now let’s look at Occupation in the Muslim world, so many to choose from but, I’m trying to keep this short. So let’s look at Cyprus a Nato Country. Invaded by Muslim Turks in 1974, and still occupied to this day. Can you tell me when a Greek Cypriot has gone in to a Muslim café in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia and blown himself up? Can you tell me when the Greek Cypriots have put a Fatwa on the Islamic world? Or can you tell me when Cypriots have spilled blood wholesale in tube stations, bus depots, airports or market places across the world? No?
      I’m in my late 40’s now, and I’ve Lived in London all my life. Most of my friends are second generation West Indian, whose parents had a tricky time when it came to a reception in the 1950’s. I don’t dislike people. I am on the side of good people with sound minds. But these stupid Abrahamic ways are past their sell by date. The thing is you have a choice. You can live the dream and live Arabia or Iran and practice what you preach. Or join the 21st century as humans and we can move as one. This country has been through all this Abrahamic crap 500 years ago. We don’t want it back, it’s for silly people.

      I will never forget when I was 15. My local shop keeper who was from Indian said to me. ‘If you let Islam into your country whole sale, it will become septic and poison you’.

      Good luck free thinkers of the world. We will need it.

  • Jerry G

    The chickens have finally come home to roost for France, Their support of Arab and Muslim causes is not new but of long history. This has been coupled with its traditional anti-Semitism. When Arab armies converged on Israel in 1967 France placed an embargo on military supplies to Israel. The French have a well earned reputation for being willing to sell their mothers into prostitution in exchange for money.

  • adam

    France, and much of northwest Europe is irreversibly screwed for the very same reason.

  • Eric R.

    For France and indeed for the EU, this is not about appeasing radical Islamists.

    It is about allying with radical Islamists in Jew-hatred in order to get rid of Jews.

    That is why they tolerate the Islamists. Europe has outsourced the second Shoah to them.

    • Bonnie Loranger

      I agree with you.

    • racy

      The French supported a Palestinian state in the U.N.
      They think by appeasing the terrorists they’ll get rid of their Jews. The antisemetic attacks perpetrated
      against Jews go unpunished. Do the French think that placating the Muslim terrorists will keep them safe.
      No one is safe. How ironic is this terrorist attack?