News on Paris and ISIS

The first 3 stories from NextDraft’s Paris edtion. Subscribe or get the app here.


“France is at war. We are not in a war of civilizations. These assassins don’t represent a civilization. We are at war with jihadist terrorism which threatens the whole of the world and not only France.” So said French President François Hollande as he called for a global coalition to fight ISIS in the wake of Friday’s horrific attacks in Paris. “The faces of the dead, of the injured, of their families, haunt my mind. This memory feeds my unwavering resolution.” (Liberté, égalité, fraternité, sécurité.)


Most of the time, reducing a geopolitical war to a battle between good and evil is an oversimplification. Occasionally it’s not. In this moment, we need to oblige those willing to die for an evil cause, but also give options to those willing to live another way. The brewing global war is between fundamentalism and sanity. You can kill terrorists. But you need another strategy against the fundamentalism. Here’s a must-read Graeme Wood piece in The Atlantic to help us understand what we’re up against: What ISIS Really Wants. “We’ll need to get acquainted with the Islamic State’s intellectual genealogy if we are to react in a way that will not strengthen it, but instead help it self-immolate in its own excessive zeal.”


A growing number of state leaders have responded to the Paris attacks by insisting that they will not allow any Syrian refugees to enter. Here’s Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in a letter to President Obama: “Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity.” He’s right. The Syrian refugees are all part of a terrorist activity. They are its victims.

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