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TERRORISTS WIN AGAIN IN FRANCE; SECURITY FAILS, FREEDOM LOSES

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, NOV. 16, 2015) — In isolation, kingdoms and countries, principalities and territories can live in relative security. Protection becomes primarily an internal responsibility, as it was for the first 49 of 50 millennia of what can by a McCovey stretch be called civilization.

Once the world shrinks, however, sovereign resources and ways of life become contingent upon secure borders, skies, waters, radio waves, TV signals, and cyberspace. From the Enlightenment to tomorrow, the world has grown smaller. With the shrinkage, security points outward.

For example, the global marketplace is no longer a theoretical case study but the everyday reality of local, regional, national, and international commerce and economics. This daily movement of trillions of dollars in assets has helped create the unintended but predictable fluctuations in standards of living, access to clean water, procurement of  food, and the presence of life’s other daily minimal requirements. On a worldwide scale, some people have too much. Many more don’t have enough. A few have everything. The majority have next to nothing.

Moreover, with cheap computer technology and cyberspace conspiring to make billboards of the world’s secrets let alone its excesses, the have nots desperately and daily see a razor-sharp, pixel view of what the haves enjoy in boredom. They don’t like it.

Technology has not stopped to take into account regions such as the Middle East and Africa, where religion is superstition, society is tribal, and ethnicity tops reason and logic. These backward ways were not meant for the 21st century, proof of which can be seen in the rise of religious, legal, and moral fundamentalism. These undeveloped manners and moires do not comprehend the subtleties or speed of 21st century life. The eye is still for an eye, the tooth for the tooth. And that would be fine, or at least not the rest of the world’s problem, if not for the weaponry and tactical capabilities technology has put into the hands of the fundamentalists and other benighted primitives capable of their use but not of their discretionary use

Thus we come to the events of the weekend in Paris, France. THE PLANET doesn’t need to expound. You know the details. We will say, though, that while the attacks surprised they didn’t shock.

The terrorists have won again. They won’t have to carry out another attack anywhere for a while now, since they have the rest of the world on edge. They have shown up western civilization’s dilemma: It cannot afford nor does it want freedom.

Leave alone boarding an aircraft. You cannot enter a stadium without being frisked nor can you engage in “private” communication without the government monitoring. You can’t even enjoy a soda in peace. The computer chip in your Coke can sees to that. Are the infringements worth the cost?

THE PLANET argues that the cost, however justified it may seem, especially when the most recent attack is still so raw, outweighs the benefits. The Paris attacks demonstrate that.

The French government had in place perhaps the world’s most sophisticated security apparatus, including the full force of its own agencies as well as the Anglo/American/NATO intelligence operations. The French enacted enhanced security measures after the Charlie Hebdo incident and ahead of a U.N. Conference on Climate Change set for Nov. 30. In addition, press reports suggest that there were credible warnings ahead of this weekends attacks. France was as lock-downed as a whiff of freedom will admit, and yet the terrorists succeeded — wildly.

The attacks have given hardliners in the French government a blank check in the assault on personal freedom. The United States and Britain have followed suit. Every citizen of a “free” society is now a suspected terrorist until proven otherwise.

Terrorism is an “ism.” It’s not an army. It’s an idea. Nations cannot compete. Bullets can never defeat ideas.

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“Why does the thin grey strand / Floating up from the forgotten / Cigarette between my fingers, / Why does it trouble me?”D.H. Lawrence, 1st stanza, “Sorrow,” (1915).

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Edconnect
Edconnect
5 years ago

Terrorism is an “ism.” It’s not an army. It’s an idea. Nations cannot compete. Bullets can never defeat ideas.

Nazism was an ism. It was defeated with blood, bombs and bullets.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Edconnect
5 years ago

I agree. People have to fight back. The terrorists are trying to destroy civilization as we know it. Already in the Middle East they not only kill Christians and others, but they destroy ancient architecture and artwork as well. They just want to destroy.

Ed Shepardson
Ed Shepardson
Reply to  Edconnect
5 years ago

The German army was defeated with blood, bombs and bullets. Nazism is alive and well in many locations throughout the world including the USA.

juan Pittsfield
juan Pittsfield
Reply to  danvalenti
5 years ago

not totally, there was a substantial underground in occupied euurope.

Ed Shepardson
Ed Shepardson
Reply to  danvalenti
5 years ago

I agree we have lost the war on terror, but Nazi Germany was a specific geographical location. That’s why we were able to defeat them. Today’s terrorism is an ism without boundries. Impossible to defeat. Any attempt to do so would only create more terrorists.

Hackett
Hackett
Reply to  Ed Shepardson
5 years ago

Key point. Germany had boundaries. Like DV said it was geo-political in a way terrorism is not.

juan Pittsfield
juan Pittsfield
Reply to  danvalenti
5 years ago

Blend in? With the Quakers?

Pat
Pat
5 years ago

I was watching the news tonight and it was reported that a crowd of people was gathered in France near the area of the attacks and somebody said they thought they heard gunfire. People began to run in panic. It turned out to be nothing, but this is how on edge these people are right now and who can blame them. It seems they are glad for the police protection and the loss of their liberties just to be safe. I can’t say I blame them. I would feel the same way with lunatics running around killing people. Maybe a month from now they will realize some of what they are losing in the name of staying safe, but for now they are welcoming the protection.

I think its more than a lack of money that makes people join these terrorist organizations. That might be true for those in the middle east, but amazingly many who have joined from this country were raised in prosperous homes.

juan Pittsfield
juan Pittsfield
Reply to  Pat
5 years ago

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Pat
Pat
Reply to  juan Pittsfield
5 years ago

It sounds interesting. I will get the book from the library. Thanks!!

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
5 years ago

Is the west not engaged in terrorism when drone strikes regularly and readily murder bad men and innocent civilians alike?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Shakes His Head
5 years ago

There is no comparison. The bad people always hide out with the innocent good people to try to protect themselves. In World War II many innocent people were unfortunately killed just to get to the bad people. They were already killing innocent people in droves so in order to protect more innocent people from being murdered very difficult decisions had to be made. It’s called war. Evil people are evil right up to the end of their existence and usually have no problem taking many innocent people with them when they die.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Pat
5 years ago

The west regime change policies have destabilized the middle east for generations. And yes, war exists, and the enemy is taking it to our shores.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Shakes His Head
5 years ago

I think the middle east has destabilized the middle east. I agree we haven’t helped in the last 30 or so years, but the rise of these terrorist groups in my opinion is more about the same old themes of wanting power, creating fear, and evil. These have plagued mankind forever, but they are going about it in a different way. It’s not your typical warfare which makes it more difficult to fight. These terrorist groups are like violent cults in the way they indoctrinate people to believe their message and ultimately convince them to kill others and to sacrifice themselves for the cause. They see themselves as the ones who will bring on the apocalypse.

Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  Pat
5 years ago

Not much difference, the world powers have been using their own “special” methods of waging war, and training soldiers to kill and die without thinking is standard.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Pat
5 years ago

I disagree that Christians and Jews will gladly take a hand in bringing on the apocalypse. Most want to live in peace.

juan Pittsfield
juan Pittsfield
Reply to  Pat
5 years ago

When is the last time a Christian or a Jew yelled god is great and then set of a suicide bomb?

Brave Heart
Brave Heart
Reply to  Shakes His Head
5 years ago

Shakes His Head- The west is not engaged in terrorism. We and our peace loving allies are trying to contain it. As a former soldier in Viet-Nam and Iraq, We always tried to minimize civilian casualties. Viet -Nam was similar to what we have in the middle east today. No way of telling friend from foe. Under these type of circumstances, Drone strikes are the best option. Ask any drone pilot where they would prefer to be?.. in a fighter jet over Syria or in an office in Colorado. Our Drone strikes, occur on sites that our intelligence have vetted as fully as possible. President Obama’s strategy is well reasoned. Because of our last President’s incompetence, we have a world that is the way it is today. No one is immune from these Barbarians but we cant turn the country over to a police state. and live in fear minute to minute. There will always civilian casualties but that is the nature of military conflict. Are you a veteran?

juan Pittsfield
juan Pittsfield
Reply to  Brave Heart
5 years ago

No matter how advanced the weapons become it always comes down to infantry.

Ed Shepardson
Ed Shepardson
Reply to  Brave Heart
5 years ago

Brave Heart,

With all due respect to your service, “we and are peace loving alies” invaded both Viet Nam and Iraq. Just think how pissed off we’d be if “them and their peace loving allies” invaded us. We might turn into terrorists to defend our ideals.

Sean
Sean
5 years ago

These events do not bode well in the next election for a Democrat in the White House.

CPT WALNUT
CPT WALNUT
Reply to  Sean
5 years ago

Why do u say that … have we faired any better under 8 years under George Bush ?? Hardly .. Unless people feel better with a bellicose chest thumping President …. which is insane .

Brave Heart
Brave Heart
Reply to  CPT WALNUT
5 years ago

Capt. Walnut–I said the problems we have today in the US and all other affected countries can be traced right back to George W. Bush. Did you misunderstand my comments? If wing nut were president today would you feel safer? President Obama’s allowing SYRIAN REFUGEE’S into the US, is a dicey situation. All republican are against it and democrats are for it. The question is this…Do we turn our back to the 99.999999% of all peace loving Syrians? They are fleeing their country because they know there is no hope for peace there. If all peace loving countries would take proportional numbers of refugee’s wecould solve this problem quickly. Remember, whatever you think of the US e have the greatest country on earth nd this country was made of refugees from many wars. We should try to do what we know is right with these refugees. If we don’t- what does that say about us?

juan Pittsfield
juan Pittsfield
Reply to  Sean
5 years ago

Beware of the low information voters who respond to you.

Paul Revere
Paul Revere
5 years ago

Dan,

Great article. Yes everyone is suspected terrorist. Everything done after 911 to protect the American people, is now being used against the American people.

They are putting microphones in the dashboards of vehicles. Appliances. Your cell phone monitors your location at all times.
Windows 10 turns on your microphone and cam and monitors you in your home. Everything you do on the internet is being monitored and tracked. George Orwell’s 1984 on steroids.

The stadium where the attacks took place was a “gun free zone”. Nobody was allowed in with a gun. Yet…….

Pittsfield going back to 1954? The entire world will never return to the way it once was. Where is all headed? Looks like they are pushing full speed ahead to this one world order. A total police state in which everything and everyone is monitored and controlled.

Yes, people don’t want freedom. Freedom was the fundemental principle that started this country. Now, the powers that be want to strip away the Constitution and Bill of Rights in exchange for “security” and the dumbed down indoctrinated people will let them. The future is: comments like this one will not be allowed or tolerated.

A one world government will not allow freedom to exist and will squash anyone’s efforts to bring it back. The people don’t know what they’ve got until they lose it.

It took 21 million people to bring down the Nazis police state who oppressed the people. This time round, there will be no allies to rescue the people. Once your freedom and rights are gone, there will be no stopping it.

Concerned
Concerned
Reply to  danvalenti
5 years ago

Mr. Valenti, I generally don’t post as my wife is the whiz at this. I could not help respond to Paul Revere. We generally agree with your commentafy, N

Concerned
Concerned
Reply to  Concerned
5 years ago

Sorry, I said I wasn’t good at this……cont…Not all the time. I am surprised that you could find any validity in Paul Revere’s post. Regarding today’s topic, I also agree that the way to deal with these barbarians is to isolate them and countries who support them. As a former air force colonel, I believe we should go to all drone armed craft. We have excellent satellite coverage and we do not need to put any boots on the ground, in these hot spots. This is a war like no other we have fought. We have developed the technology to fight wars from bases all over the US. and it is time to put it into full effect. In addition, we need to destroy all rouge countries oil pumping capabilities, as these rouge countries finance themselves with this sole income source. As a career soldier, I believe in diplomacy first. If this fails. it is time for stars wars. all past military strategies, will not work in this new type of barbarism. With precise surgical strikes, we can destroy these terrorists with the least amount of civilian casualties. This is my two cents, for whatever it is worth.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Concerned
5 years ago

I agree. We certainly have the military sophistication to fight this enemy. It’s our commander in chief who will not get us too involved in this conflict that is the problem. He wants to bring lots of potentially dangerous refugees here, but will not do any more than he already is doing. We have seen the chaos that just 7 or 8 of these terrorists are capable of inflicting. Thousands of Syrian refugees coming here in such dangerous times is not a wise decision in my opinion. How would we know if somebody has become radicalized?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Paul Revere
5 years ago

This sounds like a communist takeover. The only solution is for people to be armed like in the days of the wild wild west in order to bring down terrorists and retain our freedoms. Not just the police, but everybody. People with weapons could have fought off the terrorists in France rather than be picked off one by one.

Shelly Liver
Shelly Liver
5 years ago

Planetis correct on a couple of points. Look at Russia against Afghanistan, they lost that fight. It is very hard to fight these terrorist as they do blend in and you never know when they strike. Arm civilians against sneak attacks or cowardly abushes won’t work, what are you going to arm the civilians with 45’s? Against A k ‘s ? It would be like throwing popcorn at a Battleship.

juan Pittsfield
juan Pittsfield
Reply to  Shelly Liver
5 years ago

Armed citizens would help, however the most effective thing would be to keep these people out of the USA and Europe. They don’t wan’t to assimilate. Islam means submission. If you won’t submit the Koran says to kill you.

Hackett
Hackett
Reply to  juan Pittsfield
5 years ago

Aremed citizens will only end up killing each other. You’re gonna arm people who are too stupid to use direction signals when they drive? Seriously?

juan Pittsfield
juan Pittsfield
Reply to  Hackett
5 years ago

And many of them can’t spell either.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Shelly Liver
5 years ago

I think we would have to be the wild wild west on steroids. Yes, civilians would have to learn to use many of the same weapons as the enemy. The alternative of doing nothing, however, is even worse.

Did anyone hear about all of the assault rifles and other weapons stolen from the Army reserve armory in Worcester, MA this past Sunday night? It seems that the thieves went through the roof of the building, but they are not saying how they removed the weapons from the vault. It seems like a sophisticated job though. The FBI is involved. Let’s hope they haven’t fallen into the hands of terrorists.

Discreet Cat
Discreet Cat
5 years ago

I’m more concerned with our own criminals. Congress cutting social security will be the next uprising, wouldn’t want to be any politician.

Discreet Cat
Discreet Cat
5 years ago

If you don’t think cops earn their money turn on a scanner sometime.

Chuck Vincelette
Chuck Vincelette
5 years ago

Any one know how the recount went in Ward 5? I think it was today.

B. Clairmont
B. Clairmont
Reply to  Chuck Vincelette
5 years ago

Rick gained one vote.

Barry

juan Pittsfield
juan Pittsfield
Reply to  B. Clairmont
5 years ago

he must feel like a dufus now

maxwell edison
maxwell edison
Reply to  juan Pittsfield
5 years ago

I don’t see why he should. Double checking the machine results once in a while is a good idea IMHO.

juan Pittsfield
juan Pittsfield
Reply to  maxwell edison
5 years ago

Did he really think he was going to find enough votes to win?

Paul
Paul
5 years ago

Dan you can’t be serious with your approve of the post by p revere. His post is as foolish as all the crap posted by the Gaetani worshipers.

juan Pittsfield
juan Pittsfield
Reply to  Paul
5 years ago

I think the G man has you hypnotized into mentioning his name.

Gigi
Gigi
5 years ago

DAN,
I totally disagree with your comment about fundamentalist Christians & Jews wanting to bring on apocalyptic times. Please explain. The Muslims want to create chaos in order to hasten the arrival of their religious leader……are you confused?

Discreet Cat
Discreet Cat
5 years ago

No, the Muslims want to hasten the arrival by creating chaos.

Pat
Pat
5 years ago

Did anyone hear about all of the assault rifles and other weapons stolen from the Army reserve armory in Worcester, MA this past Sunday night? It seems that the thieves went through the roof of the building, but they are not saying how they removed the weapons from the vault. It seems like a sophisticated job though. The FBI is involved. Let’s hope they haven’t fallen into the hands of terrorists.

Discreet Cat
Discreet Cat
5 years ago

Does Pittsfields new Mayor want to weigh in on General Dynamics current operations and security of that Facilitiy?

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
5 years ago

The Pittsfield GD system ranks so far down the list on military targets, let alone civilian targets.