French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubria (Image Facebook)
Much like the Obama administration is blind to the fact that Islamic extremism is the cause of most terror attacks, it seems the Socialist French government is blind on how to fight terrorism.
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According to an article on France 24, French Minister, Christiane Taubria says that the Socialist government of France believes that you don’t declare war in order to fight terrorism, you increase the size of the Socialist government:
“It’s not enough to win the war to build the peace,” Christiane Taubira told the UN’s Counter-Terrorism Committee in a rousing and eloquent speech that prompted an impassioned round of applause.
“Terrorism is not elsewhere it’s everywhere,” she told a packed room of counter-terrorism delegates from across the world. “It spreads in fragmented societies where the economic and social fabric is being destroyed by poverty. People feel excluded. People who are going through a difficult moment in life and don’t feel that anybody’s concerned about them, that they are marginalised, that they don’t belong to society…
“[In order to combat this] we need to concentrate on education and health. Reducing misery and inequality […] will enable us to combat terrorism, because if we’re able to ensure that hope comes back, that people see that there’s a tomorrow, that they can get justice, then we will be able to dissipate this terror.”
Taubira blamed her conservative predecessors for closing down schools, libraries and other public services in poor and immigrant-rich areas, many of which lie near the péripherique, or Paris ring road. She told FRANCE 24 that the Socialist government was committed to the rejuvenation of these “long neglected areas”, which she said had become danger zones for impressionable youths vulnerable to radicalisation.
…“We mustn’t renounce the rule of law, our values, individual and collective freedoms, or public freedoms,” she said. “If we declare war it’s a semantic and ethical trap because it suggests that we have the same goals and ambitions as the other side.
“…We have been working hard to bring back the state, in the form of libraries, schools, police and education, to those areas and are now intensifying those efforts”, she told FRANCE 24. “We’ve identified what needs doing and we’ve started doing it.”