Wednesday, April 17, 2019
"Is Paris Burning?"
Understand that I have never been a fire-fighter, nor dealt with anything bigger than a campfire. Nonetheless, I know that a fire doesn't start spontaneously in two spots within 100 feet of each other at the same time. That, according to the early investigators' reports, is what happened in the Cathedral of Notre Dame: one fire at the far end of the nave, up high under the roof, and the other in the north bell tower.
Another oddity: the church closed for the day at 6:00 PM and visitors and staff began filing out, but at 6:20 the staff heard a fire-alarm going off. They searched for the fire but couldn't find any sign of one. Local firemen arrived, and couldn't find anything either. 23 minutes later, when everyone had left the building, a second fire-alarm went off -- and this time the fire under the roof had well started. That's when the firefighters arrived in serious numbers and began fighting the blaze with all the equipment they could bring in. It took 9 hours to put the devastating fire out.
Everyone saw the live news-feeds of Notre Dame burning, and various officials commenting on it. The commentators took exquisite care to avoid even hinting at the word "arson"; the closest they would come was to say that the cause of the blaze might have been "accidental", possibly as a result of the actions of the team doing repairs on the structure. In fact, some officials actually claimed that the fire was "accidental" before the blaze was out, well before any investigators could have gone in and studied it.
There was not a whisper of the "ethnic" makeup of the workmen on those repair teams. There was not a hint of the fact that, while grieving Parisians outside sang "Salve Regina" and cried as the cathedral's spire fell, further back were crowds of "migrants" laughing and cheering as the cathedral burned.
Nobody mentioned that, just the week before, the church of Sainte Surplice -- the second-biggest church in Paris -- was also burned, and the police had no problem admitting that the cause was arson. Neither did the news-feeds mention that churches have been burned and vandalized all over France at the rate of at least one per week for the past year and more. The well-trained media of France haven't mentioned that one of the complaints of the Yellow-Vest protesters is that the working-class of France is being taxed to death to pay for roughly a million "migrants" sitting about on Welfare. And none of the news-media outside of France mention the "migrant" riots that plague Paris almost monthly -- usually notable for mass tossing of Molotov cocktails. So far, none of the Jihadist groups have actually taken credit for the burning of Notre Dame, though ISIS-linked groups have called it "retribution" and "punishment" (for what?), and issued threats and warnings of more burnings to come. Nobody will mention aloud what everyone is thinking.
Only CNN even hinted at the possibility that Jihadists set the fire, and that was a masterpiece of subtlety. Its news programs showed, repeatedly, the Notre Dame spire falling in flames -- juxtaposed with images of the Twin Towers falling on 9/11/01 -- and let the viewers draw their own conclusions.
The question now is how much do the French police, government and media know, and how much are they only guessing. Seeing how much they've been concealing for the past year and more, I suspect that they're not guessing.
So why the widespread secrecy?
The comparison with 9/11 is useful. If it becomes widely known that the Jihadist "migrants" burned Notre Dame -- let alone Sainte Surplice and all the rest -- the French populace won't stand for it, any more than Americans put up with the 9/11 massacre. The Yellow Vest protests would more than double; they 'd paralyze the country, demanding that the French government stop supporting or welcoming the "migrants", but turn around and Throw The Bums Out. They might even demand that the French government join the US in making war on the Jihadists overseas. In any case, they'd make a point of hunting down and throwing out the Jihadist "migrant" groups, no matter how their apologists whine about "Islamophobia".
In fact, if it becomes clear that the Jihadists burned Notre Dame, "Islamophobia" may become a public virtue instead of a knee-jerk insult. Very few politicians want that! It would hasten the inevitable coming war between the Jihadists and the rest of the world.