No, although France’s foreign policy needs some adjustment and responsible review especially about its relations with Syria and Russia, this has never been a credible reason behind the Paris terror attacks. When France chose, and it was right, to not attack Iraq in 2003 and to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan in 2012, the terrorist threat kept growing however. No, there is no possible comparison between launching guided missiles on terror training camps in Syria and shooting innocent people dead at a concert hall in Paris.
No, France hasn’t “grown balls” since yesterday when it conducted massive air strikes against ISIS as many US-based people commented on social networks. France has always been at the forefront of the fight against terror, even well before the US ever suffered a terrorist attack on its soil. French troops prevented genocides in several African countries, particularly the Central African Republic, in recent years, in quite general indifference. When Freedom is at stake, France will always be fighting.
Doing nothing has never preserved any country from terrorism. What’s under attack is France’s way of life, not just foreign policy used as a pretext. By targeting the French youth in Paris, ISIS has created a whole generation of French soldiers. ISIS has even given substance to a possible French-US-Russian alliance. ISIS worked a miracle by creating a unanimous agreement between all the French policymakers, from Marine Le Pen to Nicolas Sarkozy to François Hollande, on the need for “drastic measures”.
ISIS has woken up a force it has probably underestimated. The French military is the world’s second most capable force, dixit the Pentagon. The French intelligence community, though it has no James Bond to show off with, counts among the most feared clandestine service, the “Service action”. The French people survived countless wars, two world wars, occupation. What’s real utopia is thinking that such a resilient prominent old country could yield to terrorism. Between totalitarianism and freedom, the French unanimously chose the latter, “comme d’habitude.”
Fluctuat nec mergitur.