We are witnessing some of the most important events of our time unfolding right before our eyes. Most of the time we don’t pick up on things so closely and it isn’t until after the fact that we connect the dots and realize what happened. Today, we might just be witnessing the beginning of World War III.
I know that for many people it is very hard to believe. The thought of another World War just seems too hard to accept. Most people think that we are done with World Wars and that they can’t ever happen again. Even more people think that the World Wars were not even real and simply made up by Hollywood. Although you can argue about the past all you want, you can’t argue with what is unfolding right now around the world.
President Hollande has invoked a never before used clause of the E.U. Treaty, which calls for mutual defense of a nation.
France became the first European Union country to invoke the 28-nation political bloc’s mutual-defense clause Tuesday in the wake of the Paris attacks that killed at least 129 people.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s defense minister, made the demand in Brussels. EU member nations should help the security situation “either by taking part in France’s operations in Syria or Iraq, or by easing the load or providing support for France in other operations,” he said.
The clause — article 42.7 of the Treaty on European Union — says that “if a member state is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, the other member states shall have toward it an obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power.”
The article has never been used before. The request received unanimous support.
The implications and timing of any EU-wide effort to act on the clause were not immediately clear. Ursula von der Leyen, Germany’s defense minister, said in Brussels that Germany would do “all in our power to offer help and support” but that Tuesday was “not a day of concrete actions” but a “day of listening.”
Earlier Tuesday, France launched additional airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria as police conducted dozens of new raids overnight and the government said it was still trying to determine how militants planned and carried out the Paris terror attacks.
I hope that everyone reading this realizes what is going on. I think that it is wonderful for nations to help each other out, especially in times of need, and I really do believe that all nations involved will do everything within their power to help France out. What exactly is going to happen, though?
Since article 42.7 has been invoked, all member nations of the European Union are bound to help France. What does that mean? We have already seen France bombing targets in Syria since the attacks in France occurred. Nothing is going to happen today, but since France has already started to bomb Syria, does that mean that all the other member nations that come to France’s aid are going to bomb Syria too? Are they going to send in ground troops? What about attacking other nations? The fact is that ISIS is not one country. ISIS is spread out all over the place. Will they decide to start invading other countries?
Something else needs to be brought to our attention. Russia is the only country that has a right to be in Syria. The Syrian government has only asked for Russia’s help. Even before the attacks in Paris occurred, Russia and Syria were on different sides than the U.S. and it’s allies. So it has been illegal all along for Washington or any other European country to even be in Syria. They weren’t invited. So do the European nations tell Russia to get out of it’s way or do they attack Russia if Russia doesn’t get out of the way?
The reality is that it is a big mess and it is going to get even worse than it is now.
What about France itself? If France called for the other E.U. member nations to come to it’s aid, does that mean that other E.U. nations might possibly send troops to France to help do raids or searches? What will life be like for the citizens of France with all this security going on?
France already has 5,000 soldiers patrolling since Paris is now on lock down.
In response to the deadly Paris attacks, the French military has deployed a further 1,000 troops to ensure safety on the capital’s streets. The military deployment comes amid French Defense Ministry’s promises to revise national security strategy.
Parisians have become accustomed to living alongside soldiers in their city since the launch of Operation Sentinelle in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, which killed 17 people.
However, following the Friday 13 massacre that killed 129 people, the French military boosted its presence in the capital with 1,000 additional troops who were deployed within 48 hours of the coordinated terror acts.
A total of 5,000 soldiers are currently patrolling Paris and its suburbs, with additional reinforcements due to arrive by Wednesday.
The military are and will be deployed throughout the city, as a state of emergency, declared by President Francois Hollande on Friday night, continues across France. Following the attacks, the French leader ordered an additional deployment of 1,500 military officers in Paris.
Another sad fact is that President Hollande is calling for constitutional changes in order to deal with the problem.
President Hollande told a joint session of the French parliament on Monday that “France is at war” and that he wants the state of emergency extended by three months. Hollande also proposed constitutional changes. As The Herald put it on Tuesday, Hollande wants “to create a new version of ‘exceptional measures’, giving the government some emergency powers available under martial law.” Here’s Le Monde (translated), noting that Hollande’s proposals mirror George Bush’s Patriot Act:
But that wants Francois Hollande, is “to provide an appropriate tool for founding taking exceptional measures, for a certain period without going through the state of siege nor deny civil liberties”. Clearly, this would be a somewhat state of emergency “light” in terms of the powers granted to the State, but may last longer. A proposal which is not without recalling the “Patriot Act” that the Bush administration had vote after September 11, 2001.
Here’s the bullet point summary from BBC:
Extension of state of emergency by three months
Changes to the constitution to allow the government to revoke citizenship of any convicted terrorists of dual nationality. Currently only those born outside France and naturalised can lose their citizenship
Measures to speed up expulsion of foreign nationals considered a threat to public order
Budget increases and extra recruitment to security forces and judiciary
We have even heard John Kerry speak in France at the American Embassy in Paris about the whole world coming together and supporting France at this time.
I don’t know about you but those sound like some really tough words to use. It really sounds like he is demanding that the world unite and use all the means militarily necessary to achieve their goals. In other words, it sounds like an all out call to arms.
What is happening right now is very bad and is getting worse every day. The road that we are all headed down is a very slippery one. The fact is that no matter where you are living in the world, you will be affected by what is going on.
If we don’t want to see World War III break out, we need to start calming down and putting our thinking caps on. Right now the leaders of the world are not thinking clearly and are acting solely on emotions. How do we know this?
Well let’s simply look at the E.U. Treaty clause that President Hollande enacted. Were the French police and military unable to protect France and it’s citizens when all of this happened? Is France understaffed when it comes to their military and police? I would have to assume that they are not considering the fact that they have 5,000 troops patrolling Paris right now. So why did they rush immediately to enact this clause? They haven’t even buried the dead and they are calling for help. There is a serious problem here. If I were advising President Hollande, I would have told him that he should wait before invoking that clause in order to give the French investigators time to properly analyze and figure out what had happened instead of rushing into things. But no, the President rushed into things and flew off the handle. Because of this, there are troops on the ground of Paris and that has a huge psychological impact on it’s citizens. Nobody anywhere wants to be surrounded by armed military personnel. That can be a very frightening thing to witness if you aren’t used to it. It doesn’t help boost confidence in the minds of people interested in traveling to France.
So by invoking the E.U. treaty clause for mutual defense, France has put us all a step closer to World War III.
France is not alone in all of this, though. Here in the good ole’ U.S of A, the presidential hopefuls are also claiming that we need to have boots on the ground in Syria and Iraq.
Jeb Bush and other Republican presidential candidates on Monday said more U.S. troops were needed to counter Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq but stopped short of calling for the deployment of significant numbers of combat personnel.
Speaking on several television programs, Bush said American soldiers were needed to provide leadership in the area and outlined other U.S. steps he said were needed to combat the militant group following attacks in Paris on Friday that killed 129 people.
“It would require more boots on the ground, as you will, more troops on the ground, more special operators … More involvement, for sure, but in a leadership role,” he said on CBS’s “This Morning” program.
He said more U.S. troops should be embedded in the Iraqi army, provide more training for peshmerga forces and work more with the Sunni tribal leaders.
“We can’t do this alone … but we can lead,” Bush said.
Even right now, the U.S aircraft carrier, Harry S. Truman, and it’s strike group is headed to the Middle East to join with the French aircraft carrier. So right now we are seeing things really heat up. The U.S. is backed into a corner right now and needs an excuse to divert attention away from the real problems that it has. The U.S. is running out of time because it is headed for an economic collapse.
Do you see what is going on? Can you see how quickly things are going from bad to worse? It is just amazing at how fast things are transpiring. We are truly living in some troubling times right now and I fear that they are just going to get even worse.
Wake Up America, before it’s too late.