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BREAKING: Terrorists slaughter French Catholic priest at morning Mass

Written By | Jul 26, 2016

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2016 – Hot on the heels of the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice that left over 80 men, women and children dead, France is reeling yet again at this morning’s savage attack on a Roman Catholic church by a pair of well-armed, apparently ISIS-affiliated Islamofascist terrorists.

The Saint-Etienne Catholic church where earlier Tuesday, an elderly French priest was slaughtered saying Mass. (Image via Wikipedia entry on St. Etienne)

The Saint-Etienne Catholic church where earlier Tuesday, an elderly French priest was slaughtered saying Mass. (Image via Wikipedia entry on St. Etienne)

The terrorists invaded the 16th century church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy during 9 a.m. Mass, took the small congregation hostage and proceeded to slaughter Father Jacques Hamel, an elderly visiting priest and severely injure a nun who was in the congregation, chanting “Allahu Akbar” according to a report in the online edition of the London Daily Mail.

Current reports vary on whether Fr. Hamel had his throat cut or was beheaded. But the terrorists allegedly recorded their trophy slaying on video, which may help verify one or more eyewitness accounts. The Daily Mail also notes that the name of the Church involved was “on a terrorist ‘hit list’ found in the apartment of a suspected ISIS extremist last April.”

Police, apparently alerted by a member of the congregation who slipped out in the midst of the chaos, engaged the two terrorists in a gun battle as they fled the church, eventually killing both. A third suspect not directly involved in the attack is now said to be in police custody.

Making it clear that French police and anti-terrorist forces are undermanned and underfunded for their task, the Daily Mail also notes that one of the dead terrorists

“…was a French 19-year-old, who was being monitored by electronic tag after twice attempting to join fanatics in Syria. Unbelievably, his bail terms allowed him to be unsupervised between 8.30am and 12.30pm – the attack happened between 9am and 11am.”

Traveling to the scene and speaking to reporters, the paper quotes French President François Holland as stating his country is “at war with ISIS.” Hollande also said the terrorist threat in his country “remains very high,” noting in a video report (below)

“‘We are confronted with a group, Daesh [ISIS], which has declared war on us. We have to wage war by every means, (but through) upholding the law, which is because we are a democracy.’”

Today’s vicious murder in Normandy was at least the fourth acknowledged terrorist attack to occur in France over the last 18 months.

Germany, whose Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has spearheaded the EU’s current, disastrous open-border policy—which strongly resembles Barack Obama’s similar policy here—has recently come under a sustained attack from likely ISIS-affiliated or –inspired mass murderers as well.

Just this past weekend, Germany experienced two more terrorist attacks, the first of which was the notorious Munich shopping mall mass shooting of July 22, 2016, in which David Ali Sonboly, 18, shot 9 civilians to death before committing suicide. Police state that he’d planned the massacre for at least a year and claimed he was not affiliated with ISIS.

Unattributed Twitter photo showing German police standing over the subdued Syrian "asylum seeker" murderer of a Polish woman. Circle points out the "machete" that was wielded in the attack.

Unattributed Twitter photo showing German police standing over the subdued Syrian “asylum seeker” murderer of a Polish woman. Circle points out the “machete” that was wielded in the attack.

Yet both local authorities as well as the BBC refused to use Sonboly’s preferred name—Ali—in reports, even though his preference was confirmed by those who knew him best. Such evasiveness, sadly typical in EU law enforcement and media reports, echoes Barack Obama’s similar problem linking violent terrorist acts to murderous cultists inspired by murderous Islamic fanatics. It is obvious to most observers that even if these attacks are not directly planned or supported by ISIS, the mass-murderers are clearly inspired by the Islamofascist, quasi-religious, anti-Western hatred this terrorist movement has consistently promoted.

Sunday in southwest Germany, the town of Reutlingen witnessed an attack by a machete-wielding Syrian “asylum seeker” who reportedly hacked to death a 45-year old Polish woman and co-worker who, some reports indicate, may have been pregnant. Several sources not that the 21-year old assailant, mysteriously only referred to as “Alper, H” in reports, injured other individuals as well before being intentionally hit by the driver of a BMW and then subdued by local police.

Reports by the police and the media seem unwilling to link “Alper, H” to ISIS or to Islamic terrorism, perhaps given the proximity of this incident to Friday’s murderous mall assault. But at least one source says police indicate the attack may have been a “crime of passion” while also noting that “Alper, H” had “been involved in previous incidents where he had caused injury” yet providing “no further details.”

The Daily Mail notes other recent terrorist attacks in Germany, Belgium and France:

“July 18: Train axe attack – A 17-year-old migrant wielding an axe and a knife went on a rampage on a regional train, seriously injuring four members of a tourist family from Hong Kong and a German passer-by.

ISIS group subsequently released a video purportedly featuring the assailant, named by media as Riaz Khan Ahmadzai, announcing he would carry out an ‘operation’ in Germany, and presenting himself as a ‘soldier of the caliphate.’

“July 14: Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel ploughed a truck into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in the French Riviera city of Nice, killing 84 people and injuring over 300.

March 22: Suicide attacks claimed by ISIS kill 32 people and wound more than 300 at the Brussels airport and Maelbeek metro station, near European Union offices. They appear to have been carried out by members of the same cell that committed attacks in Paris four months earlier.

“November 13, 2015: Coordinated suicide attacks in Paris kill 130 people and wound more than 350 at the Bataclan concert hall, cafes and the national stadium. ISIS claims responsibility for the attacks.”

European officials increasingly fear voter hostility to their ongoing and seemingly mindless open border policy, similar to that of the Obama Administration here. Yet rather than tightening up this ruinous policy or halting it entirely as their constituents are now demanding, they seem to be devoting more of their attention toward tamping down the rising influence of Europe’s conservative and nationalist parties than to rooting out terrorists and halting the unsustainable tide of mostly Islamic refugees, who in the past have had a history of refusing to assimilate into European culture.

The U.S. is experiencing similar issues, including the current administration’s virtual open door policy for “Syrian asylum seekers.” But, like the French and Germans, the current Washington regime seems far more concerned with the alleged threats of Donald Trump and the American right to its autocratic “progressivism” than it is about protecting American citizens from the kind of predation voters are witnessing almost daily in Europe—and which U.S. recently experienced in the Orlando massacre.

As the issue currently stands, this ongoing saga of violence is not likely to end well either in Europe or in the U.S. It remains for voters in Western countries to wake up to the threat and to eject the governments and political parties that refuse to do anything to protect them from terrorim-without-borders: the Islamofascists’ 21st Century Counter-Crusade.

Terry Ponick

Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Senior Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17