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Enough is Enough: Jacques Hamel Should be the LAST Victim of ISIS in Europe
Once again France is in mourning after people professing allegiance to the so-called Islamic State struck again ... Isil opened a new front in its war
with the West by murdering a French priest on Tuesday in the first such
attack on a Christian church in Europe.
over the main door of the Bishop’s Palace in Krakow is known as the
Pope’s Window. It was from here that John Paul II, born Karol Wojtyla,
used to address his followers when visiting the city where he had served
as archbishop during the communist regime. This week, a different
pontiff is occupying the window. Pope Francis is in Poland for the
church’s World Youth Day festival (actually a week, between July 25th
and 31st), which is expected to draw over 1m visitors. Although the more
conservative pope died in 2005, it is not clear whose is the greater
presence. Asked by Polish television on Monday night about security at
the event, a government official said there was a “pact with Holy Father
John Paul II” to protect it. That is from Cross Purposes via The Economist,
the article is interesting more generally. I’ve said it before, I’ll
say it again: the important European thinkers of the next generation
will be religious, not left-wing and secular.
The New York Times: “The pace and scope of the killing are dizzying.
Some 300 members of families blown apart by bombs as they celebrated the
end of Ramadan in Baghdad. Forty-nine dead at the Istanbul airport, 40
more in Afghanistan. Nine Italians, seven Japanese, three students at
American universities and one local woman brutalized in the diplomatic
quarter of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The bodies piled up on a bus in Somalia,
at a mosque and video club in Cameroon, at a shrine in Saudi Arabia. All
that carnage was in a single week — a single week of summer in what
feels like an endless stream of terror attacks. Orlando and Beirut.
Paris and Nice and St. Etienne-du-Rouvray, France. Germany and Japan and
Egypt. Each bomb or bullet tearing holes in homes and communities. We stopped the clock on two weeks in March when there were high-profile attacks that commanded headlines
— and attacks in places where they have become almost routine. In that
period, we counted 247 men, women and children cut down by Islamist
extremists in mass killings carried out at soft targets in six
countries…The snapshots we collected show the moments that make up a
life. A bride in her gown, sitting on the floor and eating a snack.
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CODA: ISIS has
adapted its approach in the digital space to resist efforts aimed
at disrupting and restricting its use of the internet, some experts say. A new
report, made public today, details the items in ISIS's digital toolbox that the
group uses to resist these disruptive attempts. The report, titled “Tech for
Jihad: Dissecting Jihadists’ Digital Toolbox” and released by Flashpoint, an intelligence
firm, notes that while “most communication platforms lack the sophistication
necessary to ensure sufficient security … today’s jihadists constantly seek
alternative ways to advance their agendas and communicate securely.” The
report explains 36 of the most noteworthy tools and technologies leveraged by
groups such as ISIS conducted by examining primary sources from the Deep and
Dark Web. Most of the technologies, the report notes, have been used long
before ISIS developed a public presence.