I remember a time when news of a terrorist attack would elicit shock, surprise, even disbelief. Nowadays that is no longer the case. How many people can say that they were surprised to hear about another terrorist attack in France by Islamist Radicals? Upon hearing the news I was saddened, angered, and disgusted but I was not surprised, not even a little.
Last week’s attacks in France were the bloodiest we have seen in a while. But this year has begun much as last year ended. Two separate attacks in France occurred during the last month of 2014. In one, Islamist radicals plowed their vehicles into French shoppers at an outdoor Christmas market. Around the same time, a terrorist tried to stab and kill a policeman, before being stopped by other officers.
In the wake of last week’s attacks, the Palestinians sent Palestinian Authority (P.A.) President Mahmoud Abbas to join the anti-terror rally in Paris. While Abbas locked arms with world leaders and donned a sympathetic look of concern on his face, his coalition partners Hamas praised the attack, posting photos of the three terrorists with this caption: “The shahidim [martyrs] who were dispatched by God, the heroes of the raid in Paris.”
According to reports, Benjamin Netanyahu was asked not to attend the rally in France. Only when the Israeli prime minister made it clear he was coming anyway did he receive an official invitation from France, highlighting that the Palestinians had already been formally invited to attend the rally.
So acute is Europe’s fear of hurting feelings within the Muslim world that Abbas – who supports and glorifies terror against Israelis, denies that the Holocaust took place, and rejects the existence of a Jewish state – would be welcomed at a rally held in part to show solidarity for four murdered Jews. At the same time, the leader of the Jewish state and only democratic country in the Middle East was treated as an unwelcome guest.
In this type of climate is it any surprise that the attack took Europe by surprise?