The Islamic State exports war outside the borders of the Caliphate. A fierce battle with many, too many, innocent victims. Cruelty with no limits was manifested on a mild night of the beginning of November in Paris, a city that in January had already the horror of jihadist terrorism. A well-orchestrated attack. Six actions in different areas of the city: Suicide bombers and perfectly armed commandos who acted in synchrony. Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the Bercy Stadium during the friendly match between France and Germany. At the same time, at least six terrorists targeted two restaurants in the eleventh arrondissement, whereas other jijadists fired randomly in the street and on the boulevard near Place of La Republique. Finally, hostages were taken at the Bataclan Hall, with their summary execution one by one. President Hollande has closed the borders and gave way to a blitz in order to save the hostages. L’Armee in the street. A carnage, but above all, Paris was taken hostage and fear slides from the Eiffel Tower, flows along the Seine, and spreads throughout Europe. A slap in the face of the West.
A quantum leap. Those are not sloppy, although deadly, assassins, as those in the case of Charlie Hebdo at the beginning of this year in Paris. This time, action was taken by well-trained, cold, and prepared terrorists. Armed with the extra-weapon – their desire to die, sacrificing themselves for the cause of the jihad. This quantum leap, despite it assaults the very heart of Europe and proves high military skills, demonstrates that ISIS is in difficulty. It may sound as a contradiction, but this action follows other actions made outside the confines of the Caliphate. First, the Russian plane exploded in Sinai, then the three suicide bombers against a Hezbollah district in Beirut. Finally, France.
The fact that Russia took the field fostered a strong offensive of Syrian forces loyal to Assad, supported by the Hezbollah and the Iranian forces in various areas of Syria. The blitz of the US special forces against the privileged targets to free prisoners and the counterattack of the Kurdish Peshmerga militants in Sinjar, trained by the Italian troops and supported by the air raids of the coalition, are putting the Caliphate under pressure. For months there have been desertions among foreign fighters, w life in the territories in ISIS’ hands is becoming more difficult due to scarcity of food and supplies. Thus ISIS has chosen the strategy of taking out the threatened jihad. An attempt to globalize the fight and to relieve pressure.
It struck France because it is easier to find well-trained and motivated men among militants with passports from Paris. As it had already happened. In France there is the network of brotherhood in banliueu. The wounded beast becomes even more fierce and aggressive. And the Paris attack, the way it was executed, makes it clear. A signal to try to find new recruits and especially to spread terror throughout Europe. In Rome, fears of an attack become more and more real.
Counter-terrorism has been vigilant for years now, but danger lies elsewhere. Terrorism with a jihadist
background, especially ISIS, targets easy goals, places of aggregations (stadiums, shopping malls, restaurants), targets that are hard to protect because they are virtually infinite. Not only the underground, trains, planes, and embassies, as did Al Qaeda, but any place where there are kefir, that is, infidels or apostates as in the case of the Shiites or mosques considered to be little observant.
A cunning war without a defined enemy which can arise anywhere, equipped with an unthinkable ferocity. They are ready to die because the satanic cult of death has become a commandment for them. The force of freedom and the courage of democracy is not to hesitate nor fall into the trap of fear. These terrorists must be destroyed in their hiding, but here in Europe, we must have the strength to revive the culture of the truth of human rights against the ideology of annihilation. At the dawn of the Jubilee of Mercy we must repeat like a mantra what Pope John Paul II said: “We must not be afraid”.