WASHINGTON, April 22, 2017 — Karime Cheurfi, who fired his AK-47 on Paris’s elegant Champs-Elysees, leaving one police officer dead and two others wounded, has given the French electorate some food for thought.
The murdered officer, Xavier Jugele, was at the Bataclan nightclub in 2015 when ISIS-inspired terrorists attacked. When the Bataclan eventually reopened, Jugele was there, telling People magazine, “We’re here tonight as witnesses. Here to defend our civic values.”
Soon after, the French National Assembly convened and asked members to bow their heads in a moment of silence, mistaking stillness as a fitting tribute for the dead and wounded.
Instead, one French legislator raised his head and proudly began to sing the French national anthem, La Marseillaise.
For many in the Western World, multiculturalism is highest among their civic values, which also embrace inclusiveness and diversity. That is certainly true for the politically-correct and bloodless bureaucrats of the European Union.
But unusual among the societies of this world are those that prize individual liberty and respect the rights of others. These Enlightenment ideas are products of the Western tradition.
The ideas of Cheurfi and his friends in ISIS, as is true for much of the Muslim world, are acutely disinterested in the rights of others, least of all their most precious right, the right to life. Their highest principle is Islam, which literally translates to “submission.”
“We shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!”
So said Winston Churchill on the eve of the Battle of Britain. It’s clear from Churchill’s words he had little confidence his military could repel Hitler’s far superior war machine. But he knew a man’s freedom can only be taken by force and, if he is determined, at the cost of his life.
Today, much of the Western World is committing suicide in slow motion. The weapon of choice is immigration policy.
It’s said that Cheurfi’s radical inclinations were well known to French authorities, but it is impossible to monitor every movement of the battalions of such radical Islamists now living in the French Republic. That’s thanks to immigration policies hatched in Brussels, not Paris.
“We are not a free country if we cannot control our territory,” said presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s National Front, in a recent radio broadcast.
“With the serious terror threat that weighs on us, we have to be able to control who enters [France], to be able to expel those who represent a danger.”
Shortly after the 1944 Allied invasion of Normandy, standing on French soil, Churchill said, “All my life I have been grateful for the contribution France has made to the culture and glory of Europe, and above all for the sense of personal liberty and the rights of man which has radiated from the soul of France.”
In the election to come, the French people will decide whether to waiver from their “sense of personal liberty and the rights of man” or stay their current course to cultural and national oblivion.