I have mixed feelings about the attacks on Paris yesterday.
First, I feel awful for the families of the victims. My heartfelt condolences and support go out to them. I hope that French security forces will successfully stop any follow on attacks. I hope that peace and security is restored to Paris.
Second, I’m angry. Really, really angry at ISIS. Attacks on civilian populaces never, NEVER work the way the attacker expects. From World War One all the way to the present day, attacking civilians has never succeeded in breaking their will to fight. All it has ever done is strengthen their resolve. Military forces are intended to fight other military forces, not civilians. Period. Doing anything else is senseless killing that will accomplish nothing. I’m not simply parroting ideology. I state this as someone who’s studied military history for 40 years. I’ve studied this stuff thoroughly. The morons within ISIS have not.
I understand that France’s aircraft carrier, the Charles De Gaulle, is already on the way to the gulf. Good.
I wish peace for the people of Paris, I wish vengeance upon the testicleless cowards of ISIS who perpetrated this atrocity. I hope France’s Armée de l’Air goes out and gets some payback.
France’s Rafale is one the best Fighter/Strike aircraft in the world. Go get some, boys!