What we know so far is that the tragedy was second large-scale terror incident in the French capital this year. What we don’t know is whether this will be a catalyst for the US-led coalition of regime changers to change course, come to their senses, put aside their silly agenda to remake the Middle East, and form a true international alliance to defeat the scourge of terrorism and extremism in the Middle East and beyond. And by that, we don’t mean the folly of perpetual wars and planetary military interventions, abetted by dreamers and schemers in Europe and the United States. What we mean is this:
* All true Muslims condemn the ruthless massacre of innocent people in Paris. This was an attack on all of humanity. Iraq and Syria have wasted no time to condemn the attacks. They are on the front line of the war on terror. They believe terrorism and extremism should be dealt with globally and not through an exclusive club, and certainly not without a UN mandate.
* With tensions at fever pitch, the tragedy should never be used as “false flag” operation for Team Obama and associates to besiege Syria. It should never be used as an excuse to stir up a new wave of Islamophobia campaign throughout Europe either. Corporate media in the West are free to claim the attackers shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ before the shootings. But they are wrong to assume they were Muslims. True Muslims don’t go out and start shooting innocent people indiscriminately.
* The attacks are blowback for France’s role in the ongoing war on Syria. The cancer has spread so far that any cure will be almost as painful as the disease. Four years ago Iranian Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei warned the West of the “high price” they would eventually pay for supporting multinational “moderate” terrorists in Syria. That time warmongers preferred to look the other way. The conflict has now globalized and cannot be wished away. The question is whether this time the “might makes right” gang will listen.
* The tragedy should never become an excuse for Fortress Europe to close its borders and impose even more ruthless restrictions against refugees fleeing the Mideast conflicts. Lest they forget, thousands of those who are murdering innocent women and children in Iraq and Syria are EU nationals. Those who carried out Friday’s attacks in Paris are also EU nationals.
Notwithstanding the tragedy and the terror alert and hysteria, the whole world is watching France. The whole world is watching this weekend’s Vienna conference on Syria too. As one of the main victims of terror, Paris should be among those talking up the importance of a “political solution” to the Syrian crisis – with a direct plan and concrete commitment to eradicate all manners of terrorism and extremism in that war-torn country and beyond first and not after or along with the political process in Syia.
“In this most serious and uncertain time,” Paris should never derail the Syria talks. The former occupier should never use the deadliest violence since World War II as yet another reason to rush for war against its former colony with “ISIL” concept. Seen in its proper context, the time to change foreign policy outlooks and behaviour is now.