France is under siege. Is there really any other way to look at it?
Terror attacks in France by radical Islamists are now so frequent that they seem to occur on a daily basis, and while that may not (yet) be the literal truth, the fact that every French citizen must be constantly on guard for the next brutal attack means that the country is in, indeed, in a state of war.
The latest vicious act of terror in that beautiful country was perpetrated on Tuesday morning in the town of Saint Etienne du Rouvray, when two radical Islamists invaded a church during the celebration of mass and took six hostages, including the priest, two nuns, and several members of the congregation.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Sister Danielle, a nun who managed to escape, said the pair forced 84-year-old Catholic priest Father Jacques Hamel to drop to his knees, at which point they slit his throat.
The sister said, “They told me ‘you Christians, you kill us.’ They forced him to his knees. He wanted to defend himself. And that's when the tragedy happened. They recorded themselves. They did a sort of sermon around the altar, in Arabic. It's a horror.”
The incident came to an end as the attackers emerged from the church, when they were both shot and killed by police.
And on it goes.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large