Friday November 13th was a busy night in the City of Lights. Paris was hosting a friendly soccer match between the French and the German national teams in which French President Francois Hollande attended at the Stade de France. Former American Vice President Al Gore was conducting a “Live Earth” a marathon 24 hour webcast concert to raise consciences about Climate Change at the foot of the Eiffel Tower featuring luminaries like Duran Duran. The Eagles of Death Metal, a southern California rock band was playing the storied Bataclan music hall. And the bars and cafes in the 11th arrondissement were packed with revelers.
But Paris was rocked with a half dozen coordinated bombings and shootings. A terrorist tried to come late to the soccer match in Saint Denny but was turned away by security, hence he blew himself up outside of the Stade de France. Several minutes later, his comrades in arms exploded their suicide vests nearby. This was a probable assassination attempt against President Hollande with the intent to kill more from the potential of 80,000 spectators.
Five minutes after the bombings at the soccer match, gunmen with submachine guns began shooting people in the sidewalk cafes and bars in the 10th and 11th arrondissements.
But where the most carnage occurred was at the Bataclan Music Hall in which several terrorists took hundreds hostage, killing at least 80 with many more critically injured. These barbarians deliberately shot spectators in wheel chairs one by one. If there was any doubt as to the motivation of these savages, they shouted Allahu Akbar( (“God is Great” the war chant of jihadists) and “Free Syria” as they reloaded and continued their atrocities.