The bloodbath in France

fraanceIt was reported that the well coordinated terrorist attack conducted by Islamic State (IS) extremists in the heart of France on Nov. 13, 2015, which killed 130 people (as I write) and wounded many, many more is the deadliest so far since WWII, and considered one of the bloodiest terror attacks on Western soil since 9/11.

No wonder then that the bloodbath was described by France President Francoise Hollande as an “act of war”, after which France’s military launched a “massive” retaliatory airstrikes against IS sites in Syria reportedly hitting a command center and training camp at Raqqa. Raqqa is a Syrian city known to be a stronghold and self-declared capital of the IS group.

After seizing territories in Iraq and Syria on which to build its much touted caliphate, and in the process attracting more and more extremist recruits from all over the world to help establish their kingdom, the IS group seem to be changing its tactics and are now targeting their enemies that had been dropping bombs at them, of which France is one,in alliance with the U.S. coalition forces.

What I am saying is that, now that the IS group has succeeded in making the bustling streets of Paris eerily silent, after making killing fields out of city’s concert hall, restaurants, cafes and France national stadium, what will stop them from sowing terror in the other advanced cities in Europe or even in the U.S., for that matter?

What the IS terrorists did to the innocent and freedom loving people in France deserve the world’s strongest condemnation for it is not just an attack on France, but on humanity in general.

It is good to hear and see that U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are putting their heads together at the G20 summit in Turkey to resolve the crisis in Syria.

The sooner these two powers can decide on what to do with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the better the world stands to have the chance of defeating the evil nature of the ISIS organization.

But for as long as both Obama and Putin remains at odds on what to do with Assad, this international issue that is causing humanitarian disaster of unparalleled proportion will continue unabated, threatening even more mayhem in many more parts of the world.

Both Obama and Putin should start realizing that their individual weaknesses is what is giving strength and life to the IS and other similar extremist groups that are causing much misery among peace loving people in the world today.

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