November 19, 2015

Paris attack: Widower's viral video is touching -- but its philosophy won't keep us safe

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

The widower of a young woman who was murdered in the Paris terror attack made a video tribute that's already been viewed over 25 million times.

It's very touching -- a beautiful tribute to his murdered wife, and a hopeful call to his young son.

But we have to remember that the way one man copes with a tragedy is not the way a sovereign state, a police and security staff, an armed force, an immigration system, border police should cope with a war — a holy war, a jihad, waged by an army of terrorists.

I am in no way criticizing the young Parisian father’s approach. I’m just pointing out that if all of France has simply closed their eyes very hard, and dreamed of happiness, and banished thoughts of darkness, and prayed for a better future — that doesn’t stop a bullet or a bomb or a knife.


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commented 2015-11-20 19:08:57 -0500
Very touching, and well spoken Ezra. But to your point — all those youths chanting Love is stronger than Hate would not have been saved had a bomb gone off in their midst. There is a time for noble sentiment and a time for resolve and grit.
commented 2015-11-20 16:08:40 -0500
I’ll give you a like Ezra! When I watched it, I was sad for our youth. Raised in such peaceful entitled times the idea of fighting for freedom is foreign. Such weakness will most assuredly doom us to lose the next conflict. There seems to be a notion that we won our freedom in WW2 and thats it, were good. Wars like prize fights inevitably result in a rematch. The enemy will be constantly testing our resolve, looking for weakness or an opening to exploit and try again. The freedom we enjoy was won hard in the battlefield. Sadly, we are going to need more soldiers to keep this freedom, and if todays youth would rather sing John Lennon songs and hug it out, we will lose the next one before we even know we are in the fight.
commented 2015-11-20 13:22:03 -0500
Damn Ezra, not to put too fine a point on it but I have to say … YOUR words spoken here, YOUR take on this video is the sort of thing OUR leaders need to be saying to OUR people. Your words here are something you might have expected from Winston Churchill. Very well articulated.
commented 2015-11-20 07:26:51 -0500
While I fully sympathize with this man, does he wish this tragedy to be visited on others? To me, that is what he is saying.
commented 2015-11-19 23:09:26 -0500
This poor man, such a heartfelt message. Truly a loving and quite a spiritual reaction to this barbaric act of terror. He is a much better person than I am. I completely understand his choice to move forward and not late hate fill his heart. It is a human reaction and this is so fresh, he will still go through all the stages of grief. I do admire him for focusing on his young son. Ezra, however is right. The appropriate reaction from a nation under siege should be to prioritize the safety of the citizen. It pains me to quote PET, but he did say it best, “there’s a lot of bleeding hearts around who just don’t like to see people with helmets and guns. All I can say is go on and bleed. It’s more important to keep law and order in this society then to be worried about weak kneed people who don’t like the looks of a soldier…”
Pierre Elliot Trudeau
commented 2015-11-19 21:28:39 -0500
I agree, Ezra, it is good to have that response in a personal life, but as a nation the French … and every country that wants freedom, must take a much harder and aggressive stance on the national level.
commented 2015-11-19 21:13:52 -0500
Wait a minute. This is not a message of love. He states he will not hate, true. But he also says he no longer has time to waste on those who killed his wife, which is not love; it’s called indifference.
He also says that those who killed his wife lose, by his not hating them. So in fact he is really attempting to not give into what was wanted by the killing of his wife, again this is not love; it’s a form of noble resistance.
Finally he states that his son’s happiness and freedom will forever insult those who killed his wife. This would not be love. Because of the place in his heart where it comes from, using the term “to insult”; it would be a form of vengeance.
I won’t accuse this man of any wrong doing, I just us to be careful and not start calling indifference love.
Often, in our society we associate tolerance with love, when in fact tolerance should be associated with indifference which would be the thing farthest away from both love and hate. When you love one thing, forcibly you hate what would harm the thing you love. If not, then I would question your definition of love.
commented 2015-11-19 20:04:00 -0500
It is just so tacky to have that soft music playing in the background.
commented 2015-11-19 19:25:21 -0500
When bullets are used and murder is committed intentionally, there can be no turning of the other cheek. Protect yourselves and fight for your children’s future. Turn your back on it and you turn your back on your children future. Protect them by acting, and stand up for humanity.
commented 2015-11-19 19:15:45 -0500
BEV, “His future and of his son’s future is threatened. How can a person not eventually become angry over that?” Similar thoughts came to mind that the future will be bleak for his son as Islamization of France proceeds unabated. Have the same thoughts about my lovely granddaughter. Seeing this innocent little girl, oblivious of what is in store for her future, tears well up thinking of what the future holds.
commented 2015-11-19 18:53:49 -0500
My prayers and sympathy go out to him, but I fear he is unaware of the core issue in not blaming Islam for the civil strife raging in his country.

I have no idea what civil guarantees are in the French constitution but if it anything like those in Canada and the US, he is dealing with the fallout from a culture which is incompatible with fundamental constitutional rights, like freedom of expression or religion – Sharia is intolerant of fundamental French-US-Canadian constitutional rights. Islam IS Sharia and Sharia IS Islam.
If Islamic migrants say they are OK with free speech and religious belief they are either lying or not Islamic.

His loss is the direct result of Islamic intolerance and unwillingness to accept Constitutional civility.
commented 2015-11-19 18:52:21 -0500
And because he has knelt down and bowed his head – they will come and kill Melvil next.
commented 2015-11-19 18:48:14 -0500
I wish he ad stood up and said – “Time to remove all islamics from france, tear down the mosques and never allow them to re-enter. Send them to Germany so mekel can enjoy them.”

Socialism and liberalism removes the fire from people’s bellies.
commented 2015-11-19 18:40:05 -0500
Saddening video. He’s filled with hurt at the moment. But I believe over time an anger will creep in. Because he’ll continue witnessing his city and his country slide further into chaos. He has every right to be angry and also be fearful over their quickly expanding numbers. Islamist don’t hide what their intention for all of Europe is. His future and of his son’s future is threatened. How can a person not eventually become angry over that?
commented 2015-11-19 18:35:31 -0500
This “young Parisian father” is no more than a eunuch. Too bad his wife couldn’t resurrect herself momentarily to let him know how she feels about being annihilated needlessly by barbarians. She would likely have a more manful input.
commented 2015-11-19 18:25:47 -0500
The best way to stop a bullet, is to fire first. Problem, with our new Dictator, we will not have anything to fire a bullet with. Go to the police and tell them that a Muslim just shot your wife and they are likely to tell you, ’That’s what Muslims do’, they like to shoot Kaffir’s, don’t be offended.
Can anyone imagine, how many Kaffir killers will be in Canada, in four years time. Death will be commonplace. Trudeau will be up for another term.
commented 2015-11-19 18:13:07 -0500
This is not a one time deal . He could loose his son to yet another attack.
These attacks were not just against his wife and fellow citizens they are attacks against all of us and we must step up and stop these maniacs where ever they are.
You don’t need to hate them, but you should believethem when they tell us they hate us.
It is irresponsible to do otherwise.
commented 2015-11-19 18:02:10 -0500
The touching video would fall on deft ears. These Muslim terrorists don’t care how he feels.
commented 2015-11-19 17:58:50 -0500
That video is very touching. I have to give praise to that young father for curbing his anger. His wife was very beautiful & his very young son, well it’s all very sad & senseless. I am very angry at what has occurred not only in Paris, but what is happening in our world. Ezra, you are correct, although as a Christian I am supposed to forgive, but love alone is never going to eradicate these savages. I don’t believe I would be reacting the same way