I have little to say about the horrendous attacks in Paris yesterday by the Islamic State, but I'll add these:
When I was a kid, the song "Let There Be Peace on Earth, and Let It Begin with Me" had been around for decades but was as popular as ever, and continues to be popular. Even then I found it treacly, but I appreciated its sentiment.
However, I was never going to wage war against innocent people, so I never had to make that promise. The people who ought to are not taught to sing that song in ISIS training camp.
If I say a farewell to arms, and lay them down, it doesn't stop some asshole with a gun from killing me and everyone me. If I or someone else responsible and decent picks up arms, it may. The problem with the world is that there is a mighty and powerful death cult that has infected millions of people, turning them into murderous assholes; they do not deserve to have willing victims.
As with all these mass murderers on a suicide mission, I wish they would simply begin with the suicide. Just kill yourself, Jihadi Jackass, and then we'll talk about killing others. Sing it: "Let There Be Death on Earth, and Let It Begin With Me."
Europe is in the grip of the most insidious and wicked threat to its survival, perhaps ever, since it has lost its faith, lost its culture, and thus is run by fools who inadvertently abet the murderers. Once again the lamps are going out all over Europe, and this time I truly do believe we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime, or perhaps ever.