Another Soldier Attacked

Parisian police investigate the crime scene (courtesy of Remy de la Mauviniere/AP)

Early Saturday evening, a 23-year-old French soldier on patrol with several squad mates—part of France’s Vigipirate anti-terrorism plan—was attacked from behind and stabbed in the neck, most likely with a box cutter.

His attacker is described as a tall, bearded man in his mid-thirties, possibly of North African descent given the tunic he was wearing at the time. Unfortunately, the search for the blade-wielding madman has produced few leads or results, at least at the moment.

This comes only days after a British soldier was struck with a car and hacked to pieces by two Muslim extremists in broad daylight on the streets of London. In that particular case, though, the perpetrators stayed put to record cell phone messages and confront the police once they finally arrived.

Both men were of course shot and now reside under armed guard in local hospitals.

The good news in the Paris attack is that the young French soldier is stable and should recover fully from wounds described as “non-life-threatening.” And although his assailant remains at large, we all know it’s only a matter of time before he is apprehended by authorities.

This most recent attack obviously forms something I was hoping would not be formed after hearing about the slaughter in England: a pattern. For some reason, Muslim extremists are lashing out at soldiers throughout Europe and will likely continue to do so in the coming weeks. It appears to be some kind of protest, and one with deadly and often gruesome results.

Terrorists new weapon of choice? (courtesy of The Tribune)

Personally—and I know this isn’t the most popular view where the American government is concerned—I think we need to get the hell out of the Middle East and let people fend for themselves. I’m not opposed to humanitarian aid, mind you, just military support, the deployment of American troops and all the innocent people who die as a result of these military actions.

At some point, people just have to learn to govern themselves. And those that struggle should get the support they need, just not from a nation half way around the world. Why not keep things local for a while and see how that works? Yes, those countries that threaten or seek to conquer others need to be dealt with, only by someone on their own block.

We have enough problems stateside to keep us busy, that’s for sure.

Posted on May 26, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Great post! I want to leave a comment but at the risk of sounding like a broken record… We need to focus on stopping the violence. In this both sides “us” and “them” need to start working towards a better cultural understanding of each other and even perhaps some addressing of past wrongs committed on both sides.

  2. Are you serious? Someone being attacked for no reason….what if it was a hate crime? NOT a Terrorist one. I think that it’s great to help other countries, but to an extent, I think instead of not having any soldiers, we need to limit the soldiers and what they can do. I think that we need to cut back on the percentage, which last I heard was over half, of the budget, spent on the military or armed services. I am happy that the soldier is in an okay condition and his injury isn’t life threatening, according to the doctors and the hospital. HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! I hate hearing about soldiers dying or being injured in an effort to protect their country. I GUESS IT’S TRUE WHEN THEY SAY THAT “FREEDOM DOESN’T COME FREE”, listen to the song American Soldier by Toby Keith and you will know what I am talking about.

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