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Looks like France will have to send troops to Iraq and Syria, in short order, to deal with the IS directly.  Or, it might choose to just keep up the air strikes on their enemy's forces on the ground.  Whatever France does, who can blame her for going forward?

China has offered to help France.  This might open up a new kind of alliance, along De Gaulle's geopolitical vision of the world.  It is not unthinkable that a Sino-Franco alliance might materialize, making the crowded Levant an even more crowded place for some of the mightiest armies of the world.

In reality, China cannot afford to have IS succeed.  Nor can it afford to have the Kurds win.  China can deal with the existing state entities through normal diplomatic means, but not these militant entities.  Increasingly, China is feeling it has a stake in the Levant.  And France may just be the ally it needed to exert some influence on the events unfolding there.  Russia, China's current ally, is always a plus for China, but lately, it has been stunned into silence by the airplane tragedy, and is not reacting to external events as swiftly as it would have.

The problem of so many armies in one location is that they might end up fighting each other.  And that might just be the ploy of the IS to draw them in, draw them together, and draw them against each other.  

The new risk therefore of France's entry, and possibly China's involvement, in the chase after the IS, may not be failure to destroy the IS, but rather, of failure to extricate themselves from a highly militarized situation where every player has his own aims, even when their common enemy may have long faded away.  The devil may have vanished, but his sneer may long remain.









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The Europeans spend 500 years committing genocide worldwide while stealing three continents.
This attack is nothing compared to all the killing the Europeans have done on foreign soil.
The west likes to ignore its own history and wants to wipe the slate clean.
After 500 years of killing, that's not going to happen. The rest of the world will hold the west accountable.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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This post was edited by parcher at 2015-11-15 20:35

...and now it has emerged 2 of the gun men were in fact fake Syrian refugees.....
who conned authorities in to believing they were genuine refugees....
A syrian passport was found near the body of an attacker was linked to a man who entered in october through Leros. One of the islands that thousands of refugees are using as a gateway in to Europe. The implications over this could be profound now militants are travelling to Europe as refugees...
In light of this attack polands minister for european affairs said poland will not comply with the EU plan to accept refugees unless it has guarentees of security....

Do you still think refugees are all innocent Mr Kbay?....
or will you continue to insult and intimmidate folk who have a different opinion to yours?...
move on i will Walter....

if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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The response of France is understandable.  First, hunker down and stabilize the country.  Next, strike back at the enemy.  The enemy's tactic is to hide behind human shields, such as in their headquarters in Raqqa, Syria, or in the midst of the wave of refugees who were running away from them in actuality.

Terrorism, whether in France or in Xinjiang, has made war much bloodier and much harder to contain from harming innocent civilians.  At the same time, terrorism is also harder to identify, contain and destroy, because its identity as individuals can be switched on and off, just like that.  One moment, an innocent victim of the very terrorists France is combating, and another moment, the very terrorist himself.  In a sense it is like a cancer whose cells can look normal under the microscope, but when you look away, they start destroying the very organ they are supposed to be healthy members of.

The fact is that the IS is a very peculiar entity.  It came out of nowhere, and can vanish equally quickly into nothing.  Faced with this kind of an enemy, or rather of a "common enemy", the danger to its would be attackers is that after they are knee deep in the Levant, it may disappear, as if it never existed before.  

Then, we have new geopolitical dilemma.  Which country or power shall stay in the Levant to maintain peace and order, and which should retire and go back home, perhaps without having done any harm to its enemy?  Now, the problem becomes the members of the international community enmeshed in this region.  For example, even as we speak, Russia and the US have come to an agreement of how to wind down this war in Syria over the next 2 years.  But with the IS still active, there is a good chance that both Russia and the US would expand their operations in the meantime.  Suppose the IS then vanishes.  Who is to remain to administer the region?



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