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February 10, 2004

Moving On Up The Target List

Just wondering--does it make me a Democrat or a Republican if I welcome the new French law banning headscarves because it makes that country more likely to suffer a terror attack, probably causing it to align it more closely with the U.S. in the War on Terror afterwards?

Posted by Bigwig at February 10, 2004 09:02 PM | TrackBack
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I believe it makes you British, actually.

Sarcasm aside, on the merits, France is high on the target list because the actions of Charles the Hammer Martel, in 732 AD, at the Battle of Toulouse, started the Tragedy of Andalusia, which culminated in the Reconquista, which led directly to the expulsion of the Muslims from Spain in 1492. (A good year all around for Spanish Catholics). As the Catholic Encyclopedia puts it:

In 732 Abd-er-Rahman, Governor of Spain, crossed the Pyrenees at the head of an immense army, overcame Duke Eudes, and advanced as far as the Loire, pillaging and burning as he went. In October, 732, Charles met Abd-er-Rahman outside of Tours and defeated and slew him in a battle (the Battle of Poitiers) which must ever remain one of the great events in the history of the world, as upon its issue depended whether Christian Civilization should continue or Islam prevail throughout Europe. It was this battle, it is said, that gave Charles his name, Martel (Tudites) "The Hammer", because of the merciless way in which he smote the enemy.

Martel was actually Merovingian. No, he wasn't in a crappy sequel to the Matrix. Rather he was a Germanic / Gaullish tribal king, and actually a Steward of the Frankish monarchy. This doesn't matter to the Islamofascists, since one Kaffir is pretty much the same as the next Kaffir; French, German, what's the diff?

So what it comes down to, is France was going to be on the shit list sooner or later. If it wasn't for removing Langued'Oc from the Dar al Islam, it would be for their choice of opiate, which is wine, not opium; or for their habit of f***ing members of the opposite sex; or for their tendency to use caves to age cheese, rather than hunkering down in them during U.S. air raids; or perhaps for the Christian iconography in the art in the Louvre (don't forget about the Bamyan Buddhas...) or for damn near any reason at all.

Mark Steyn sums the Islamofascists up best, when he points out that fighting them isn't really like fighting adults - it's more like fighting a bunch of disturbed, wealthy, heavily armed adolescents trying to live out their masturbatory fantasies.

So in brief, yeah, sure. Osama bin Laden, if he still lives, will no doubt be outraged that the chic headscarves invented 40 years ago have now been banned from French schools. I'm sure it ranks up there with the fucking tragedy of frigging Andalusia, the defeat of the Turks at the gates of Vienna, the failure of the U.S. to immediately rescue the Bosnians from the Serbs, or the use of the term "pork" as a descriptor of government profligacy, as tremendous wounds on the Islamic fundamentalist psyche justifying further attacks in the minds of said fundamentalists, and the "root causes" set.

Posted by: Blackavar at February 10, 2004 10:39 PM

I thought the battle was the battle of Tours, not Toulouse. As for the headscarf ban, I guess time will tell as to if any terrorists succeed in blowing up an Airbus above Paris.

Posted by: El-ahrairah at February 11, 2004 09:22 AM
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