Well, Here’s One Paris Neighborhood That Isn’t Angry At ISIS

Matt Vespa
Posted: Nov 15, 2015 6:15 PM
Well, Here’s One Paris Neighborhood That Isn’t Angry At ISIS

What is it with people on the left that brings them to the conclusion that the Islamic State isn’t evil, let alone be angry with the perpetrators of the horrific Paris attacks last Friday? In the 11th Arrondissement, or administrative district, of Paris, some residents aren’t angry with ISIS, nor do they consider them evil (via Haaretz):

A group of friends was standing near the candles that had been lit at the foot of the monument at the square, trying to find out if the waiter that had served them at La Belle Equipe, one of the restaurants attacked in the 11th arrondissement, had been killed.


But they aren’t angry, at least not at the perpetrators. “They’re stupid, but they aren’t evil,” their friend Sabrina, an administrative worker in one of the theaters in the 11th arrondissement, said. “They are victims of a system that excluded them from society, that’s why they felt this doesn’t belong to them and they could attack. There are those who live here in alienation, and we are all to blame for this alienation.”


“After the attacks in January, they said we should unite, but that essentially meant that we should be together and not think independently,” says Clemens Mama, a teacher. “They don’t want us to think that maybe it’s connected to the policies of our government and of the United States in the Middle East.” No, she wasn’t surprised that the attackers apparently included people who were born and raised in France. “These are people the government gave up on, and you have to ask why,” she said.

No one wanted to talk about Islamists or the Islamic State, even after it took responsibility for the attacks and French President Francois Hollande announced that the group was behind them. “Daesh is so dangerous to France,” said Johann Crispel, a business student at a college near one of the restaurants that was attacked, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State and wrinkling his nose as he enunciated it. “Perhaps it’s correct to bomb them in the name of democracy and freedom, but it brought the war in Syria to us in France. I don’t think it’s worth it.”

It was hard to find anyone at this gathering who would say a bad word about the attackers, and expressions of patriotism were restrained. Perhaps it should be no surprise in this part of town. Most residents of the 11th arrondissement are what the French call “bobo,” bohemian and bourgeois, middle-class academics in their 30s and 40s with clearly leftist leanings.

Yes, airstrikes was one of ISIS’ insane grievances with the French that prompted this attack, but so was the fact that they viewed Paris as the capital of abomination and perversion. These folks will find any reason to attack the infidels, and, of course, this action was done to place pressure on the French government to stop the airstrikes in Syria­–and to inject fear that no one is safe until these actions are taken.

Also, alienation is a reason to commit terrorist acts that claims the lives of innocent people? I never knew the attendees inside the Bataclan Concert Hall were agents of this system, I guess they all deserved it or something, which appears to be the mindset of these “bobos.” Nothing excuses terrorist actions. Nothing legitimizes it. Also, do these people not know what they’re doing to the women in their territory?

This afternoon, France responded to this horrific attack by bombing ISIS military targets in their capital of Raqqa in northern Syria.