To read the Vatican statements, one would never know who perpetrated these latest atrocities.
"This is an attack on peace for all humanity, and it requires a decisive supportive response on the part of all of us, as we counter the spread of homicidal hatred by the West's ancient enemy, Islam," said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi.
Sorry, the Bear made a series of typos. Scratch "by the West's ancient enemy, Islam," and substitute after hatred, this: "in all its forms." After all, we can't focus on just one hate group here. France is a seething cauldron of monarchists, French nationalists and snooty waiters. It's just unfair to single out Moslems every time Moslems kill people in the name of Islam.
And for the record, it is not "an attack on peace for all humanity." It is an attack on the French, and, more broadly the Christian West. Obviously, it is not an attack on the Moslems who did it, or cheer it or remain silent, or start in with turning the tables and making themselves the victims of "backlash."
Ironically, the world's most evil optometrist, Syria's President Bashar Assad, had no qualms about speaking frankly of the the killers, and even had the bad taste to add an "I told you so." He pointed out that three years ago he warned the Wests's policy of supporting terrorists in his country was a bad idea.
Syria is starting to look like a replay of the Crimean War, which was fought just before the U.S. Civil War. The Bear cannot recall the exact quote, but England and France went to war against Russia, it was said, to protect the Turk's right to mistreat Christians. Russia indeed had intervened to protect Orthodox Christians -- a recurring historical role that Russians take very seriously -- and the Western Powers fought on the other side. If it is remembered at all, it is for the disastrous "charge of the light brigade," and Florence Nightingale.
We know Pope Francis is a huge fan of mass importation of Moslems into Europe. In February, he singled out the poster child for open immigration's failure, Sweden, as a shining example of tolerance in the matter of Islamic rape gangs or something.
On the issue of immigration (i.e. invasion in slow motion) one detects the same giddy disconnect with reality one finds in global warming or any leftist fad. (As a leftist, Pope Francis' imagination is often captured by impractical Big Ideas, and he is blind to their cyclonic effects.) The Bear doesn't pretend to know the particulars of Europeans' policy to sweep in as many ungovernable Moslems who hate them as possible. Cheap labor? Deliberately extinguishing Europe's cultural identity? Importing a ready-made dependent class for political purposes? All he knows is that the broom should be sweeping in the other direction.
The Bear is relying on his go-to answer for most problems: low birth rates. A birth rate of 2.1 is required merely to maintain a population level. France was just under two on January 1, 2014. We call that "dying." To put it bluntly, a country has to have a population to work and support retirees. The Pope might consider extolling the virtues of traditional large Catholic families, rather than importing Muslim "workers." Yes, Holy Father, there's nothing wrong with Europe that some good old fashioned "rabbits" wouldn't fix.
From the Book of Ecclesiasticus: "Who will pity an enchanter struck by a serpent, or any that come near wild beasts?" (12:13)
Remember when we were all Charlie Hebdo? Well, we can all be French, now, but somehow the Bear doubts that will do any good, either.
The Pope is right about one thing. He has said similar violence and destruction is part of a "third world war;" the Bear would add, "apparently against a mysterious and unnameable enemy." We are still waiting for our Churchills and Pattons. We are still wondering if our age is even able to raise them up. We can't even manage a Florence Nightingale.