Shannonwatch is shocked and saddened by the brutal attacks on innocent people in Paris on Friday 13th November, and unequivocally condemns them.
It is clear that France is under attack from Islamic State (IS) terrorists, and while it must do everything it can to prevent further attacks this may prove difficult. "France will be merciless against the barbarians of Daesh," president François Hollande said on Saturday, using the pejorative, Arabic abbreviation for IS. His immediate call for such a response to the barbarism is understandable, but it needs to be balanced with calm analysis linking it to the root causes and the West's role in exacerbating those.
In claiming responsibility for the attacks in a statement released online on Saturday, IS blamed France's participation in US-led airstrikes against its forces and positions in Syria. France, like the US and UK, has taken an active role in attempting to impose a military solution to a long running civil war involving several brutal and heavily armed groups, including the government.