"The situation is out of control, and it is not reversible," said Soeren Kern, an analyst at the Gatestone Institute and author of annual reports on the "Islamization of France."
"Islam is a permanent part of France now. It is not going away," Mr. Kern said. "I think the future looks very bleak. The problem is a lot of these younger-generation Muslims are not integrating into French society. Although they are French citizens, they don't really have a future in French society. They feel very alienated from France. This is why radical Islam is so attractive because it gives them a sense of meaning in their life."
While not a complete safe-haven for al Qaeda-type operatives, Paris and other French cities have become more fertile places for Muslim extremists in the past decade. City leaders have allowed virtual Islamic mini-states to thrive as Muslims gain power to govern in their own way.
"There are no-go areas not just in Paris, but all over France, where they are effectively in control," said Robert Spencer, who directs JihadWatch.org, a nonprofit that monitors Muslim extremists.
"They're operating with impunity, apparently secure in the knowledge that authorities cannot or will not act decisively to stop them," he said. "And with the universal denial and obfuscation of the clear motive for the Charlie Hebdo attack, they have good reason to think that."
The attackers who killed 12 people at the offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo claimed to be members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen. Witnesses said they spoke perfect French, a strong indication that they are homegrown terrorists who received help from AQAP or another group.And it's not just France. It's all over Europe.
Said Mr. Kern, "Europe is very committed to multiculturalism. So any speech critical of Islam is immediately branded as being Islamophobic or racist or something like that. There's not really an honest debate about what's going on in Europe because the European elite have so much invested in this multicultural society that they're trying to build."For those of you sitting in the US who think this doesn't affect you... French citizens don't need a visa to travel to the United States. Neither do most European citizens. Maybe once Obama is gone, that can be reconsidered.
For that matter, French and other European citizens don't need a visa to travel to Israel either, although we've been known to deny entry to people who come here to make trouble, and the French government knows it.in
But as long as the attitude toward Islamic terrorism in France and in other countries in Europe remains like the flashing light above, the West is going to have a problem and will some day - God Forbid - be defeated.