Friday the 13th can easily be marked as France’s darkest day, a day when ISIS, through a series of terror attacks at multiple places in Paris, ended 120 lives in a matter of a few hours… the most violent assault on France since World War II. There are clear indications that ISIS attacked France because the French were heavily bombing the militants’ territory in Syria and Iraq.
President Francois Hollande wants blood, and has deemed the shootings and bombings “an act of war.” Shaken to the core, Hollande thundered on Saturday: “We will lead the fight, and we will be ruthless.” It’s about time.
How many more must die before the world takes the final step towards annihilating ISIS? How long before one final war on enemies of humanity? They have so far claimed innumerable lives, although nobody knows the real figure. Whatever figures we get are compiled from ISIS killers’ boastful claims. We do not even know if these figures include the killings of Al Shabab, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda and other break-away groups. If you include the mid-sea deaths of refugees trying to escape the massacre, the figures might be much greater.
ISIS targets Shiias first, Yazidis, Kurds (though they are Sunnis like them mostly), Chrisitans, journalists and charity volunteers in that order. They have not got their hands at Jews and Hindus yet. It’s bonus if they are able to get their hands on the occasional truck driver, or construction worker to decapitate.
The G20 summit taking place in Antalya, Turkey, was overshadowed by the gruesome Paris attacks and the war in Syria. The summit was originally scheduled to mainly discuss inclusive economic growth and climate change. Let everything else – global warming, climate change, poverty, and other related critical issues – take a back seat! Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a unified global move to battle terrorism as world leaders joined a clarion call to eliminate ISIS network.
“Today, we meet in the tragic shadow of dreadful acts of terrorism. Combating it must be major priority for G20,” Modi said at the G20 Summit of leaders from the world’s top-20 economies.
As the two-day Summit began in this Turkish coastal resort town, US President Barack Obama vowed to stand with France in hunting down the perpetrators of Paris attacks, and said, “The killing of innocent people based on a twisted ideology is an attack not just on France, not just on Turkey but it is an attack on the civilised world.”
It appears as if the Paris attack was the last straw to back the camel’s back! Powerful world leaders seem to have woken up to the increasing influence of ISIS, and its fierce, fearless approach to death. Many other European countries have increased their security measures in fear of similar attacks.
A global united front against ISIS will not be easy. The Paris-like attacks are nearly impossible to prevent since they are targeted at civilians. Every single civilian cannot be defended, and the perpetrators are more than willing to die themselves during the act. How does one fight such a force?
The ISIS-led attacks are getting more sophisticated, and better planned. Recruiting, arming, and coordinating in a professional manner are ISIS’ hallmark now. The fact that they were able to keep the Paris killers concealed until the very last moment leading to the attacks means the terrorists are adapting well to the evolving technology.
But for ISIS, too, life is becoming more and more difficult by the day. It is under ISIS is under serious military pressure in Iraq and Syria, although it won’t implode, just yet. Because they can’t fight in the air, the ISIS commanders are reportedly going to rely more on guerrilla tactics in Syria and Iraq, and expand the zone of conflict by carrying out terrorist attacks abroad, like those we have just seen in Paris.