Good on you, France

Islamic terrorists committed cold-blooded murder in Paris. That the attack on Charlie Hebdo was timed to assure the maximum number of victims demonstrated sophistication and planning.

Ironic that the police officer they murdered was Muslim. The terrorists, of course, would dismiss his death as the just punishment of a collaborator.

Terrorists are cowards. Terrorists will only conduct these military-style missions when they think they can escape. If not, they will use planted bombs, such as in Oklahoma City, London, and Madrid. If even that is too risky, they’ll resort to suicide bombing–usually gulling some fool to carry the bomb–as they do around the world at local markets and targets of interest. Rarely do they have the courage to carry the bomb and die themselves as they did in New York in 2001.

In contrast to Spain’s cowardly reaction to the terrorist bombing of a crowded commuter trains in 2004, the French government hung tough. The Spanish bombings were timed with a national election which saw defeat of the incumbent Partido Popular and Spain backing out of its commitment to the international war on terror. The Spanish bull remains neutered in the fight against terrorism.

The French seem determined that these terrorists will not get away. Good for them.

“Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.” John Stuart Mill