This is war

France is in shock. After three days of violence, fear and blood, the heart of the Republic resembled a war zone, its streets splashed with shattered glass.

The three men whose vicious purpose had shaken the pillars of the Republic, including the brothers behind the Charlie Hebdo massacre, lay dead, alongside four more innocent citizens.

But still, France cannot be sure this horror is over. The hunt continues for the accomplices of the three gunmen, including one implicated in the death of a policewoman on Thursday.

Spy agencies around the world are under pressure, as it emerged that those behind the Paris attacks were well known to authorities as al-Qaeda-trained would-be jihadists, members of a network that used to meet in a northern Paris park.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls admitted a “clear failing” in French intelligence.

First thing that happens, naturally, is for people to ask their government:  “what did you do to protect us?”   

“Mistakes have been made”: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Photo: Getty Images
“If 17 people die, this means mistakes have been made,” he said.

And the world is facing the prospect of a reborn, renewed al-Qaeda threat – the Parisian shooters claimed allegiance to al-Qaeda in Yemen, and members of that group claimed to have “directed” the attack and chosen its targets “as a revenge for the honour” of the Prophet Muhammad.

In a televised address a few hours later President Francois Hollande urged his nation to remain united and vigilant.

“The threats facing France are not finished,” he said. “We are a free people who cave to no pressure.”

Including pressure by people who try to destabilise us from within.   People like Kim Dotcom, Martyn Martin Wrongly Wrongson Bradbury and Russel Norman, all of whom continue to attempt to undermine New Zealand’s security using the Trojan Horse of personal privacy erosion.



– Sydney Morning Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.