November 15, 2015

Ezra Levant in Paris: "There's one emotion missing on the streets..."

Rebel Staff
 

I'm trying to make sense of the mood of the people on the streets. They seem almost too calm and resigned.

In fact, the most passionate people I've met so far have been tourists who wanted to talk to me about the attacks.

There's even a street performer working for tips outside the theatre where dozens were killed.

Overall, there is a lack of seriousness, at least on these streets, that isn't reassuring.

 

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commented 2015-11-16 13:24:00 -0500
Or maybe people in Paris aren’t violent and have the mentality that two wrongs to make a right.
commented 2015-11-16 09:52:41 -0500
Ezra, I think that the people of Paris are feeling the same way a lot of Canadians are feeling at this momemt – impotent! We have just elected a new majority government which advocates a “hug-a-thug” policy. There is very little, if any, discussion of this issue by the mainstream media! So, many Canadians are feeling helpless, as if, there is no recourse.

Those who oppose the policies of our government have little voice or public platform in the scheme of things. Heck, Parliament has not even met, and already the Trudeau “fiat” has already made drastic changes to our way of life. There is no debate; there is no discussion. Justie says “Do it!” and it is done.

I have been watching both CNN and Fox News over the last few days, and there is a healthy, lively discussion re ISIS, refugees, etc. being carried on by journalists, by politicians, by various experts. Are we seeing that in our country? Many Americans are voicing their concerns openly on news sites. But Canadians have a liberally biased media so this discussion is not occurring. We are like sheep being led to the slaughter. And, I imagine, that is what the people of Paris are feeling. It is helplessness and hopelessness.
commented 2015-11-16 08:58:18 -0500
Michael Mann said: “Why are they not burning all Muslims in the middle of the street in the name of vengeance?” Because that is what Muslims do. When vengeance comes, it will not emulate Islam! It will be far more pragmatic.
commented 2015-11-16 08:55:30 -0500
Hyacinth said" "“Are these people on drugs?” “That’s the only logical conclusion.” A fog of doobie smoke perhaps?
commented 2015-11-16 07:04:35 -0500
Why are they not burning all Muslims in the middle of the street in the name of vengeance?
commented 2015-11-16 04:33:40 -0500
From Youtube:
Oreopagus
Levant: “But it seems like there’s another emotion missing, and that emotion is that of vengeance.”
“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19)
commented 2015-11-16 01:36:43 -0500
For the last twenty years, I always thought “morlock” was just a made up named used in X-men comics. Now I know where the name came from. I learn something new every time I come here to the rebel. Thanks.
commented 2015-11-16 00:11:12 -0500
It reminds me of that passage in H.G. Wells’ “time Machine” where the Eloi (one of the post-human races) live a banal life of ease oblivious to the dangers around them, and say nothing and remain unconcerned as they watch their fellows being preyed upon by a predator species called the Morlocks;

Either it hasn’t sunk in to the general population that they are under attack or they are still isolated from the reality because it has not killed in their neighbourhood yet. In any event the reaction is abnormal for people being preyed upon.
commented 2015-11-15 23:30:19 -0500
I guess if Ezra was expected anger to be directed at something, I sure I can suggest a direction…at someone…holding a mic.
commented 2015-11-15 23:19:12 -0500
Looks like a sense of resignation;that there’s nothing they can do which will change anything(a false sense by the way).Don’t think vengeance is the proper mindset to be in,but righteous anger or at least indignation would be a healthy and proper part of everything else that’s going on.
commented 2015-11-15 22:20:27 -0500
Sean Penson- are you actually for real? For the life of me, I can’t find the notes of happiness and peace in this situation. Did you think you were posting on the View website or something?
commented 2015-11-15 22:17:50 -0500
I think that a big part of the absent vengeance is that people do not know who to direct their anger towards, especially when the killers are a bunch of dead suicide bombers.

For once, I would like to see the media mention the name of the head of ISIS, so we know who the enemy is.
commented 2015-11-15 21:53:19 -0500
When any amongst you want to “fight back” or “surrender”…..pkease let me know…..it really isn’t as simple as that…..
commented 2015-11-15 21:33:09 -0500
They are in shock right now. What comes next will determine if they fight back, or surrender.
commented 2015-11-15 21:15:19 -0500
Peter Prodoehl……“Glenn. that’s Ick”………..??
commented 2015-11-15 20:57:47 -0500
Andy Mirlach thanks for the link. “France launches ‘massive’ air strike on ISIS in Syria” The general population of France may be emotionally lobotomized but thank goodness their government isn’t.

Too bad our federal government is simply lobotomized [stupefied, addled]

“The CBC? Yes, pheromones excreted by their lover, Justin “Puff Puff” Trudeau that they longingly breathe in deeply. "
Good one Peter.
commented 2015-11-15 20:52:00 -0500
Vengeance?

Yes, it’s understandable why people in the street are not reacting in the way that you think they should. I think it’s odd for you to actually be expecting that or that you even want that.
commented 2015-11-15 20:34:05 -0500
Ezra it seems these days’ like some people have gone into a hypnotic trance and I don’t know if there have been additives in their food or if they are on psychotropic drugs or prescriptions?
But it seems like some people have lost the ability to get angry are they numbed or what I don’t know? Just a suggestion as I have seen this situation pretty often with the people in the States!
commented 2015-11-15 20:32:20 -0500
Thanks for that report Ezra.
Any chance of getting some lowdown on what Trudeau up to at that Conference?
Glenn, that’s Ick.
commented 2015-11-15 19:54:39 -0500
I remember an incident long ago when I was a Cold War kid…..there was a bomb threat in West Berlin….it was venue specific….at a DISCO…..the usual crowd showed up….as usual.

A reporter asked a disco kid entering the disco in spite of the alert why….

IST BIN EIN BERLINER”….for as long as I can remember….people have been threatening to blow me up….up to and including a nuke…..I am sick and tired of your threats….your threats cannot change me…..IST BIN EIN BERLINER"
commented 2015-11-15 19:51:53 -0500
Here’s a thought…..
How would the jihadists react to public humiliation? For example…..The French President holds a national-wide news conference over all broadcasters. He announces the identities of the attackers and then provides some ‘background’. He shows ‘surveillance’ pictures and videos of the attackers prior to the shootings. Attacker #1 is shown having s@x with a pig. Attacker #2 is shown wiping his <a class="tweet-url username" href="http://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=rse">rse</a> with pages from the Koran. Attacker #3 is shown in a video having sx with his mother. Attacker #4 is shown in a video praying in a Catholic Church……. etc. etc.

As Muslims appear to take so much literally, could the public shaming have an effect? Would it make some think twice prior to engaging in jihad?

I’d say it would be worth a shot…..
commented 2015-11-15 19:49:12 -0500
Ron Voss asked, “Are these people on drugs?”

The CBC? Yes, pheromones excreted by their lover, Justin “Puff Puff” Trudeau that they longingly breathe in deeply.
commented 2015-11-15 19:45:48 -0500
The west has a tradition of “Flying into a Calm” after things like this happen. This then allows a logical and methodical response to be formulated. They might seem “calm and resigned”, but you need to look at what they do after the fact.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/france-launches-massive-air-strike-on-isis-in-syria/
Nothing say’s “I am serious!” Like Death From Above!
Sadly our “Dear Leader” has tucked tail and is pulling our forces out. Wouldn’t want to offend any of his voting base, or something.
Ron Voss : “Are these people on drugs?”
I assume this was a rhetorical question?
commented 2015-11-15 19:40:46 -0500
The lack of the Revenge emotion is a good thing, its the Christian thing to let things go. But BUT, as a Christian, I have to realize that does not give permission for others to walk over me. What can happen is that people relegate themselves to being the door mat, the one who never gets their way.
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Rarely do many of us fail to assert ourselves or get our way, from what I have seen. Passive aggressive people seem to get their way more than aggressive people who move on to doing something else…
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The problem is that we can let things go to a fault, and not do the right thing and stand against evil. Apathy and letting things go, and forgiveness and a list of other things can get mixed up together so that we are basically hand tying ourselves from doing the right thing. And when we don’t know or its not clear, its far easier to do the aggressive thing and move on to something else. Someone dies and we seem to walk over the body, cause the kids will be home and supper has to be decided etc.
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Politicians many time try and wait out a controversy because public opinion just mellows and moves on, till the next terrorist attack. So really we should be doing more the first time, not just sending 6 jets but getting serious about this war. The storm our parliament, blow up trade towers, mow down people on the streets, stab people going to the synagogue and we yawn.
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We are too used to some police man picking up a criminal and the court tossing them in jail to realize real crime/war/violence/drug abuse etc./suicide/terrorism is a serious thing. We are more focused on what card we should write to the family at the funeral than what to do about evil.
commented 2015-11-15 19:37:42 -0500
The socialists must be proud – decades of imposing their crap has created a society of indifference.

They don’t care if they live or die – and neither do the islamic terrorists.
commented 2015-11-15 19:33:41 -0500
Hopefully not indifference!
commented 2015-11-15 19:29:55 -0500
Ezra, maybe you aren’t seeing the revenge emotion from these people because as you said maybe most of the people there are just tourists. But still…it is mind boggling. It’s almost as though they are walking around medicated on the anti-psychotic medication Haldol. Maybe the muslims laced the paris water with this drug. Take care.
commented 2015-11-15 19:29:39 -0500
Sean Penson: wow you smoking some bad sh*t man.Must be that Liberal stuff. bad for your brain lad.
commented 2015-11-15 19:26:37 -0500
I.S.I.L. — Islamic State of Iraq and the “Levant”. Does anybody else sense collusion and /or irony here? Or is it just me?
commented 2015-11-15 19:26:11 -0500
Sean -Your new leader Justin’s only purpose is to keep your supply of marijuana from being a criminal amount – you must be in a chemically induced haze with your blathering.