No Letup in France: Battles Continue as Baghdadi Threatens More
The Paris attacks by the ISIS have shaken the world and more than the world; the French see their system of governance and freedom under threat. When France was a great colonial power, second only to England, it had colonized vast areas of Africa. Many of the areas which were French colonies were populated by Muslims. In their zeal of showing they were fair and equitable to Muslims the French allowed vast numbers of Muslims to come and settle in France. As it stands France has anything from 6-10% Muslims now. Keeping the fertility rates in mind these Muslims will soon reach 15% by 2030. By itself this would not be an alarming factor, but for the fact that these Muslims are not loyal to the French ideals and act as a 'Fifth column" for Al Qaeda and ISIS.
One will recollect that during the Spanish Civil war the word “Fifth Column" was coined. When troops were converging on Madrid in 1936, a General said that his 4 columns were advancing on Madrid, while a fifth column was in the city itself. Thus a Fifth Column is a group of people who sabotage the home country from within and help the attacker.
One cannot say that the entire Muslim community in France is a fifth column, but a big minority definitely wants to obey the call of Islam and however misplaced their thoughts may be, are keen to defeat and inflict irreparable damage to France from within. This is the genesis of the recent spate of terror attacks starting from the killing of Charlie Hebdo editors and workers.
The battle within
France was always a soft target and it has not helped that it has the largest Muslim minority in Europe. This minority has not integrated in real terms with French ideals and culture. Who is to blame for this? I suppose the very nature of Islam which is exclusive and introvert has been a factor in this. The mistake the French committed was to ignore this trait of Islam and hope like an ostrich facing a desert storm that integration will come on its own. It never came, but bred an entire generation of extremists whose loyalty was more to the extremist Islamic ideals than the French way of life.
As it stands these home grown terrorists have struck and more that 130 are dead. It’s a terrible price to pay for not realizing the true nature of French Muslims. Even after the carnage a 7 hour gun battle erupted in one of the suburbs of Paris and one wonders what will happen next. These acts have had an effect as tourism has fallen and lesser people want to come to France for a holiday. In addition France is on edge as home grown supporters of terrorist’s infiltrate all over the state for further attacks. These will come and one wonders how the French will tackle this. The large Muslim population makes it impossible to profile terror groups and in any case you cannot brand all 6 million Muslims as anti-national
France is thus faced with dilemma. In a way it is its own making. It laid greater priorities to opposing Russia and overthrowing the dictators who controlled Muslim extremists. The French went by what the Americans told them. They never realised that America is thousands of miles away and the easier target for extremists was France, which was like a soft underbelly and closer to the extremist epicenter of power.
France is guity as others in sustaing ISI and Daesh
No campaign can be sustained without hard cash. One can see that the ISI have no dearth of cash to buy weapons; how is this possible? Recent reports suggest that at least 40 countries around the world in some way pay to ISIS. Turkey a leader in the forefront of the battle against extremists is really their supporter as it buys oil from ISI controlled areas.
The ISIS has been shipping hundreds of tanks loaded with crude oil extracted from the Ajeel oil field. These tanks sell for a price ranging between $12-14,000 per tank to finance their operations. The ISI finds ready buyers.
In addition France is guilty of wasting time in removing Bashir Assad. This man is the enemy of the ISIS and one cannot see the French logic in supporting Americans to remove Assad, except to checkmate Russia. Hence French policy is its own enemy.
There appears a change and France has reached out to Russia for the battle against ISI, as on its own it just cannot sustain and win a war with the ISI. The fat is in the fire and only a superhuman effort that includes cutting the source of petro dollars can result in a victory.
France is also guilty of double standards. When the Mumbai carnage took place on 26/11, the French only gave lip service and the fermenter of terror, Pakistan was never condemned. Perhaps now the French will see reason and be more realistic. The French must have their own goals and not go by what the American say.