Nice terror is just the beginning: Bataclan torture suppression spotlights wretched western leaders

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Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel killed 84 people this week in Nice, France, when he used a giant truck to mow down crowds during Bastille Day celebrations. Besides the multiple media outlets that called the attack a “truck crash” well after it was determined to be an act of terror, another story perfectly highlighted how woefully equipped western “thought leaders” are for dealing with the threat.

Heat Street was the first to report Friday morning that government officials in France tried to suppress knowledge of beheadings and torture that took place during the November 13, 2015, Islamic terror attacks in Paris.

The website reported:

“A French government committee has heard testimony, suppressed by the French government at the time and not published online until this week, that the killers in the Bataclan appear to have tortured their victims on the second floor of the club.

The chief police witness in Parliament testified that on the night of the attacks, an investigating officer, tears streaming down his face, rushed out of the Bataclan and vomited in front of him just after seeing the disfigured bodies.

The 14-hour testimony about the November attacks took place March 21st.

According to this testimony, Wahhabist killers reportedly gouged out eyes, castrated victims, and shoved their testicles in their mouths. They may also have disemboweled some poor souls. Women were reportedly stabbed in the genitals – and the torture was, victims told police, filmed for Daesh or Islamic State propaganda. For that reason, medics did not release the bodies of torture victims to the families, investigators said.”

The most stunning exchange came when a French prosecutor implied that the injuries a grieving father was told about during his son’s autopsy (i.e., the man’s testicles where shoved in his mouth) may have been cause by shrapnel.

Prosecutor: I specify, for the sake of clarity: some of the bodies found at the Bataclan were extremely mutilated by the explosions and weapons, to the point that it was sometimes difficult to reconstruct the dismembered bodies. In other words, injuries described this father may also have been caused by automatic weapons, by explosions or projections of nails and bolts that have resulted.

Q. Would those have put a man’s balls in in his own mouth?

Prosecutor: I do not have that information.

The western world can not successfully deal with Islamic terrorism until it stops denying reality:

  • Jan 7, 2015: Charlie Hebdo attack — 12 killed.
  • Jan 9, 2015 Jewish supermarket attack — 4 killed.
  • Nov 13, 2015: Bataclan theater, Paris attacks — 130 killed.
  • March 22, 2016: Brussels, Belgium attack — 22 killed.
  • July 13, 2016: Nice attack — 84 killed.

Terrorists have used boxcutters to hijack planes and ram them into large buildings. They have used handguns and rifles. They use suicide bombers and trucks. The answer by western policymakers should not be to have 85-year-old Catholic women searched at airports, rifles banned, or “kill switches” mandated for all vehicles — and yet that is precisely the mentality that continues to pervade influential circles in academia, media, and politics.

The terror in Nice is just the beginning for Europe because its leaders are failures. The five attacks listed above were all tragic, but one should not forget that the sorrow attached has an added dimension due to the western world’s willful ignorance.


John Kerry uses James Taylor as diplomatic Band-Aid; world cringes

John Kerry FranceAt what point does the most ardent supporter of President Obama admit that his administration is out of its league? The U.S. was not able to send a single recognizable figure to meet with 40 world leaders as 3 million free-speech-supporting Frenchmen marched through the streets of Paris, but a week after the fact John Kerry can come strolling in — with James Taylor.

Business Insider reported Friday:

Secretary of State John Kerry brought singer-songwriter James Taylor to help sooth tensions in France on Friday after last week’s terrorist attack against the Paris headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Taylor performed a live rendition of “You’ve Got A Friend” as Kerry stood next to him.

“Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there to brighten up even your darkest nights,” Taylor sang softly.

The visit came after the White House admitted it made a mistake when it failed to send a high-profile US representative like Kerry to France’s massive anti-terror rally last Sunday.

Where does one begin? Perhaps there are some bongo-playing Baby Boomers out there who think this was a good idea, but in in general it’s just embarrassing. Imagine you are a woman in her mid-thirties and the guy you’re seeing starts making mix-tapes like you’re both still teenagers every time you want to talk about something important — that’s the State Department under John Kerry.

If James Taylor wasn’t available, would someone have asked Barbara Streisand to sing “No More Tears”? If she weren’t available, would someone ask Elvis Costello to sing “I Want You”? If John Kerry were a cellist with Yo-Yo Ma’s skills and he composed a personal tribute in memory of the victims of terrorism, then that would make sense; bringing in James Taylor to a diplomatic engagement is just weird.

If you feel like someone is playing a joke of gargantuan proportions on you, then just know that you are not alone.

Related: Obama, Biden, Kerry MIA at France’s anti-terror rallies; Eric Holder — in Paris — skips out on march

Obama, Biden, Kerry MIA at France’s anti-terror rallies; Eric Holder — in Paris — skips out on march

France Attacks RallyMillions of people took to the streets of France today in a show of solidarity against terrorism. Roughly 3 million people — “more than the numbers who took to Paris streets when the Allies liberated the city from the Nazis in World War II” — backed over 40 world leaders during the event. The U.S. government, for all intents and purposes, decided not to send a single recognizable person.

There was Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. There was President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. There was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

There was Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. There was Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. There was Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and a whole host of other dignitaries.

President Obama was nowhere to be found. Vice President Joseph R. Biden was nowhere to be found. Eric Holder was actually in Paris — but he didn’t attend the rallies. Perhaps he decided to sit in a bathroom stall while the entire city marched in the streets. (The official line was that he was in a “meeting.”)

France Attacks RallyFor the Obama administration, today was just like any other day: Ambassador to France Jane Hartley was asked to roll out of bed, brush her teeth, and meander on over to the march.

The Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks perpetrated by Cherif and Said Kouachi killed 12. On Friday, gunman Amedy Coulibaly killed four more at a kosher supermarket. All three men died in shootouts with authorities, but Coulibaly’s common law wife, Hayat Boumeddiene, has fled to Syria.

Given the nature and motivation for the attacks — and their links to the Islamic State group — it is embarrassing that a.) the Obama administration didn’t arrange to get U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry out of India in time for the Paris march, and b.) that zero Democrats or Republicans in Congress took part.

The Islamic State group has made it abundantly clear that it plans to attack on U.S. soil. When that happens, it will be a telling sign if the only representatives who meet with our elected officials in the aftermath are no-name career bureaucrats already shuffling around embassies in the nation’s capital.

Socialists revolt against imaginary austerity, claim victory

Socialists party in the street in France, victorious over the austerity measures that never really existed.

Did you hear the one about the socialist who just took control of the wheel of France? Instead of tapping on the breaks and straightening out as the cliff approached, he announced plans to floor it and spin the vehicle as hard to the left as possible.

Apparently, Francois Hollande’s plan to save France is to tax rich people at 75 percent of their wealth, hire a bunch of teachers, and spend a whole lot of money. And when France spends even more of the money it doesn’t have they’ll somehow wake up one morning and basic math will have granted the socialists a reprieve. Good plan, guys. I’m looking forward to seeing how that works out for you.

I generally don’t like writing about dead people or dead countries, but I’ll make an exception today. Besides, Mercatus Center’s Veronique de Rugy does a good job explaining just how brain dead our European friends are:

France’s election is supposedly a sign of a backlash against austerity. But spending data shows that the French government hasn’t cut spending or implemented serious reforms. Where are the cuts? Where is the austerity? Yet, newly elected president Francois Hollande has announced that he will jump start the economy by spending more and balance the budget with more taxes. It’s a recipe for disaster.

If the economies of Spain, France, the United Kingdom, and other European nations are suffering, it’s not because of “savage” spending cuts. When spending was actually reduced, the cuts have been relatively small compared to the size of the problem and meaningful structural reforms were seldom implemented. It’s because small spending cuts are overwhelmed by large tax increases.

The socialist kids across the pond are celebrating victory over austerity measures that never happened. It’s really that simple. And when the rich people move and the accounting smoke fades away they’ll be left with the cold, hard truth. And then it will get ugly. Note: France has a history with “ugly.”

I write on the United States because at least we still have a pulse. $16 trillion dollars of debt has a lot of hearts racing right now, but we’re alive. We still have time to get financially healthy before the gluttony does us in.

In the mean time, I have some more reading to do on Europe, my favorite dead man walking.