USA Today column answers the question, ‘Why France?’

French flag 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

After the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris ten months ago followed up by Friday’s terror on the streets that took the lives of over 100 innocent victims and injured hundreds more, attention is once again centered on terrorism as some ask, “Why France?”

France’s longtime head of intelligence, Count Alexandre de Marenches, warned 20 years ago of the danger that faced his country. In the Age of Terrorism, the principal challenge to France is the presence “within our nation of another nation we do not understand, whose language we do not speak, whose customs we do not know, whose hopes and aspirations we do not share,” as noted by David A. Andelman in USA Today.

Andelman continues, “… little has changed since then. With all the chatter, all the preparations for Friday night’s attack, French security had not an inkling what was in the works.”

As many noted Friday night on Facebook, NATO’s Article 5 says that attacking one NATO nation is the same as attacking all. They can respond as necessary. France has promised to retaliate. Who will stand with them?

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