In the Charlie Hebdo attack, Muslim terrorists slaughtered some deeply unsympathetic characters; “journalists” whose entire milieu involved whizzing in other peoples Wheaties.
And they attacked a kosher market – in other words, Jews.
So if you’re not a smug confrontational “journalist” or a Jew, you may have felt you were safe.
And their targets in the US, so far, have been similar; military installations of various types, full of unarmed servicepeople and dependents, for the most part.
Last Friday’s attacks “targeted” nobody; they were completely indiscriminate.
But the casualties were disproportionally younger people in the hipster parts of the 11th Arondissement of Paris; patrons at bars and sidewalk cafes, heavy metal fans at Baclaban, and soccer fans.
In other words – not only pretty much anyone, but especially at the four different attacks on bars and shopping areas, disproportionately people who, it seems likely, were likely than average to support aggressive, anti-ISIS policies. I’m going to speculate, not without good reason, that many of the victims would have been actively hostile to hardline politics.
In any case, certainly none of the victims were within spitting distance of the French power structure. Being neutral, or even opposed to the French counterterror policy, was no protection; any random passerby it was a bone to be chewed.
Moderation Is No Virtue: If you read about the Middle East in any depth, you know that the single most dangerous thing to be is a “moderate Muslim”; it is they that the radicals kill off first, before the Americans, before the Brits, before even the Israelis.
That is pretty standard behavior among radicals; the Bolsheviks killed the Mensheviks; the Nazis muscled out lesser fascists; the Obama people turned the rhetorical long knives on Hillary.
But it is, literally, a matter of religious doctrine for ISIS; not only is failing to follow the Koran a crime, but failure to exact punishment by Koranic standards is punishable under Koranic law. That includes the leadership; the Caliph must wage war on apostate Muslims (Shi’ites, and secular Muslim governments, to say nothing of secular government of any type), or be subject to penalty under a strict reading of Islamic law. Don’t take my word for it; read this.
Your own moral neutrality on the subject is no defense.