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Paris Attacks and the GIGN

Posted on 08 January 2015 by guybehindtheguy

Guess the perps of yesterday’s attacks didn’t do their homework…

GIGN is one of the SOF units with real world experience against terrorism.
220px-LOGO-GIGNGIGN will commit forces to situations where the odds are insurmountably stacked against them. Not only this but Legion etrangere are a mercenary force like no other. We often make fun of France’s fate over the past world wars, Algeria, and Vietnam. True, their present record is abysmal. This is because commitment has always waned. If France goes all in…
To me there is a disconnect in all of this – where are the Islamist voices against these obvious religiously motivated attacks? Violence begets violence. The West has absolutely no problem killing in the name of freedom, so any violent attack against it will only lead to further violence against The Middle East and anywhere “Radical Islam” exists. Is history repeating itself? Are we in the midst of a modern crusade?
Consider this… When an oil well catches fire there are few methods by which such a fire can be extinguished… Each method employs an extreme amount of violence of action. Fire fighters (those we consider life savers are trained in the most prolific forms of passive aggression). Fighting fire with fire is used in more cases than just this. Could conclusions be drawn from this analogy?

1 Comments For This Post

  1. MrYowler Says:

    I’m not sure what your point is – it looks to me as though you are trying to make several, some of which seem to conflict with one another – but I gather that you think that the GIGN should not have attacked. If so, what do you think that they should have done, instead? Do you think that the gunmen inside the plane would have been open to negotiations? Do you think that they had any expectation of getting whatever it was that they wanted? Do you think that they expected the situation to end, with them living to a ripe old age with their bodies and/or liberty intact? In light of their likely expectations, do you think that they intended to let anyone live?

    I’m not a fan of “Kill them all, and let God sort them out”, but what would you suggest as a better alternative? Although the outcome could have been far worse, it does seem that the GIGN lucked out, and got a fairly positive result – at least compared to the likely outcome, had they not intervened when they did. Had the gunmen rigged the plane with explosives and a dead-man’s switch, the outcome could easily have been very different – and astonishingly tragic – but they didn’t, so there will merely be a lot of pain, expense, and probably some crippling… which is arguably better than everyone winding up dead. I suppose it depends who does the arguing…

    As for France, as a motivated and effective military power… well, they probably won’t be taken seriously on that front until they actually demonstrate that capability in a persistent and consistent manner, during and throughout at least one international conflict, and ending in victory.

    Until then, “terrorists” who attack French airlines are likely to be viewed in the same vein as miscreant children attacking the elderly and the handicapped, because they lack the courage or the means to face opponents that have the will and the means to defend themselves. Their demands are likely to be met with public scorn, since they are attacking non-combatants, and not the institutional or individual targets with which they actually have their grievances.

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