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French Defense Minister Drian to EuroFora on ISIS Terrorism: Large Debate on Alliance for Values ?!

Written by ACM
Sunday, 23 November 2014

 

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A "General Debate" about possibly Strengthening Alliances to Protect both Neighbouring Allied Countries and all Europe against the horrible Beheaders/Throat-Cutters Terrorists of ISIS' armed Islamic Extremists, was prognosticated by experienced French Minister of Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, in reply to an "EuroFora"s Question, just after he linked the Historic 1944 Fight to Liberate Strasbourg from NAZI Occupation, and Today's, 2014 struggle versus ISIS, always in the name of the same Values, as he stressed at the conclusion of a landmark Speech to a Popular Ceremony for the Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of that Historic Event, which practically announced the imminent Liberation of all France and the rest of Europe from such Threats and Dangers.


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  - "For (Fighting against) ISIS  (beheaders/throat cutter Terrorists), .. do you think that Alliances should be Strengthened further ? How do you see things ?", "EuroFora" asked the French Minister of Defense, just a few Days after the horrible spectacle of more BeHeadings of innocent People taken Hostages, in addition to cowardly Cutting the Throat of 11 disarmed and detained Syrian Soldiers POWS, in an atrocious exhibition of War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity.  


 - "I don't know" yet, he initially reacted Carefuly, (considering also the fact that, at least part of "EuroFora"s Question is related rather to the Foreign Ministry and/or to the Presidential Palace "Elysée" decision making, together with the Defense Ministry.  

 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          >>> - But "I think that there will be a General Debate" about this, French Minister Drian positively prognosticated briefly,  apparently Open to eventually important perspectives in the foreseable Future.


 - "Because you spoke (earlier Today : See Infra) about Values which must be Defended everywhere", "EuroFora" observed, in this regard.  - "Yes !", nodded afirmatively Drian, who had just explained that his venue for the 70th Anniversary of Strasbourg's Liberation was due to the fact that - "It's a Great Moment for (Collective) Memory, and, moreover, there is the Strong Symbol of Strasbourg.  So, the Memory of this Event, offers an occasion for the Nation to Unite itself around its Values, in a World which remains quite Unstable, with Threats and Risks against which we must be Protected" even Today.


The move came shortly after reiterated calls from Russia's leadership and others (even some US circles) to Unite closer against common Threats and Dangers provoked by the Horrible Beheaders/Throat-Cutters of ISIS' Islamic Extremist Terrorists, which found an echo even inside France's mainstream GeoPolitics by this week's criticism by main Opposition leader, experienced former President, Nicolas Sarkozy, against "provoking a Cold War against Russia, while ISIS is around us", as he denounced, earlier this week at nearby Mulhouse, (See "EuroFora"s NewsReprt from Mulhouse : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/sarkozynocolodwarinfrontofisis.html ). Many spoke also about China, also threatened by other Deadly, Extreme Islamist Terrorist Groups in a Central Asian region, (while some added, conditionaly, even Iran), etc.

 

+ Drian has announced, earlier this week, that 6 Fighter Airplanes "Mirage" will be soon placed in Jordany, in addition to another 9 "Rafale" Planes already based in the United Arab Emirates, in order to fight against ISIL at Iraq, and this was reportedly confirmed, later Today, also by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, during a visit in Africa, at Nigeria, to an Air-Base from where are launched UAVs to monitor the Sahel area.


=> -  Now, on 2014, naturally, "the Situation is Different"  from what it was back on 1944, "but the Threats against our Liberties, our Values, still remain the Same. So, we must Keep the same Determination, the same Vigilence, and the same Precautions, while, at the same moment, have Soldiers who are Proud of what they are doing, as I witnessed, both Yesterday, when I was travelling elsewhere, (in Africa), and (Today) here", in Strasbourg "by Respecting the Memory of those who Liberated this City, and the entire France", ultimately participating in the liberation of all Europe from NAZIsm, the French Minister added, speaking to Journalists, including "EuroFora".


+ Citting another Concrete Example in this direction, Drian pointed also to "EUROCORPS"', (a 6 EU Nations' Army HeadQuarters' body, able to combine Land- Air - Sea operations in a joint move, in the service of the EU, (or, eventually, in agreement with NATO), which has repeatedly got EU Parliament's strong Backing as a key element of an emerging EU Foreign and Security policy :  - "It's a Symbol of a Europe which able to protect itself..  In fact, "the European Defense is being built Day after Day : F.ex.  Today, Europe is Present in Mali, (SubSaharian African Country which had been recently threatened by similar Violenty Extremist Islamic Terrorist Groups : See, f.ex. : ...), where 22 out of 28 EU Member Countries are actively participating there, in order to ensure the ReCostruction of Mali's Army", as he observed. So that, "European Defense" policy "goes forward", while "EUROCORPS remains its Symbol", Drian concluded.


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Meanwhile, (as "EuroFora" had previously guessed, speaking 40 minutes earlier with an experienced collegue of the Alsacian main Media), Drian had made a Timely link between the Historic Fight to Liberate Strasbourg from NAZIsm, and Today's fight to Defend Neighbouring Allied Countries and Europe itself from ISIS, through the Vital Need to Saveguard elementary Human Values, brutaly trumpled underfeet both by the former Totalitarian Dictature and from today's Deadly Extreme Islamic Terrorists of ISIS' atrocious BeHeaders and/or Throat-Cutters : The same Values which stimulated the Fight and Victory against NAZIsm, request now to protect Neighbouring  Allied Counties and even France and all the EU etc. against the atrocious ISIS' BeHeaders, he said in substance, as a matter of Principle, while avoiding to expose in Public concrete details :
 
- "We shall Never Forget the Sacrifices made by all those French Soldiers", (many of African origin, as f.ex. 2 old now men who travelled from Algeria to Strasbourg to be with us Today, as noted earlier Strasbourg's Mayor Roland Ries), "for Peace to win, and for our Nation to find anew its Freedom". "Those men contributed to Liberate Strasbourg on 1944, and continue, still Today, to Fight in the name of France and our Values. 70 Years ago, the Liberation of France reminded us that there is No Freedom without Struggle. Today, by paying hommages to those Heroes, .. as well as to Strasbourg's Population, a Victim of War, we also remind that there is No Freedom without a Memory in order to Defend it", Drian said earliier in his Speech.

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- "During these Dark Years, it's thanks to the outstanding Courage of our Fighters, but also to the extraordinary Solidarity of our Allies, that France rose anew from the abyss, and renewed with its Destiny of a great Nation which takes its Responsibilities in front of the Dangers which may Threaten it. It's thanks to them, Yesterday's Fighters and Allies, that we owe to Live now in  a Pacified area. Honour their struggle is also Open the Eyes, as they did, to the Reality of the World which surrounds us" Today.


>>>  - "In 70 Years, the World has considerably Changed. But our common Enemy has remained the Same, even Under Different Faces : Intolerance, Racism, Fanatism, Barbary. Yesterday, this Enemy (NAZIsm) Terrorized our Families and subordinated entire Countries accross Europe. Now, it spreads a Same Terror accross Friendly Populations, at the Doors of Europe", he timely denounced.


 - "How could we stay Idle, while the Freedom of those who had contributed to Free us Yesterday, (as he said mainly for several African Nations, from which had been recruited many among the Soldiers who fought, together with Europeans, against the NAZI Military Invasion and Occupation, back on the 1940ies), "may be Threatened Today ?", he wondered. -  "But, this Fight for the Liberty of our Allies, in a World which was never before so InterDependent as now, it's also, more than ever, a Fight for Our own Security", Drian noted realistically.


 - Indeed, nowadays, "Armed Terrorist Groups, such as "AQMI" or "ISIS" ("Daesh" in the French version), don't limit themselves into Looting, Raping, Destroying entire Populations, here in the Sahel, there in Iraq and Syria. They also spread around, exploiting the Weakness of those States, in order to seek to reach France and all Europe", Drian warned.


 - "That's why France undertakes all its Responsibilities. It does so in Mali, since the 11th of January 2013, with the Operation "Serval", and, from now on, throughout all Sahel, with the Operation "Barkhane", in order to Struggle against Terrorist Groups. It does so in Central Africa, in order to Stop Abuses and Prevent the Implosion of a Country which would DeStabilize African Continent's Core. It certainly does so also in Iraq, in the context of the Operation "Chammal", which allows to make Decisive Strikes against that New Fortress of Barbary, which is "ISIL" ("Daesh").  As it, evenmore, does at the Indian Ocean, when it Defends Maritime Liberty against Piracy", (as he added about earlier violent attacks against Peaceful Merchant Ships, particularly heading towards the Suez Channel, which has, notoriously, led also to the creation of another European collective Mission).


 - "Tomorrow, as well as 70 Years ago, France acts in the Name of its Values", and "will Continue to Act, in the name of Ideals which Inspired it already Yesterday, and of the Duty which is imposed to it, Today", the French Minister of Defense firmly announced in conclusion.


- "Inside a Dangerous World, it's a Difficult Task", which "requires an Important Effort by the whole Nation", he observed. But, "it's at this price that we shall have a 1st class Army in Europe on 2020, and that France will remain a great country able to face Today's Urgencies and meet the Security Challenges", so that,  the "Defense of our Liverty, yesterday", joins "the Defense of our Security, Today", serving "a Duty of Vigilence, that the Heroes .. of the Liberation (from NAZIsm, back on 1944), left us to share. It's up to us to prove to be at the level of the Fight that they led, and which remains, 70 Years later, Topicaly "Hot"", Drian urged in fine of a Popular gathering at Strasbourg's central Square "Kleber".

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He was symbolicaly speaking in front of the Statue of Historic General Kleber, a German-culture Officer faithful to France's Napoleon, who notoriously fought brillantly, together with him, mainly in Egypt, against the Ottoman-Turc Occupation which had notoriously Destroyed the, once brillant, Arab Civilisation and erased most traces of the Historic Ancien Egyptian Civilisation, until Napoleon's Archeologist Champolion, succeeded to find a way (thanks also to the Discovery of a Stone with one and same Text written successively in Ancient Greek and Egyptian, etc),  to Start Translating, for the 1st time, the Ancient Egyptian Language of the Pharaons, later-on...


By another interesting coincidence, even more symbolically, it's an authentic, Old, Artisticaly Sculptured Glass for Beer, which reportedly used to belong to Kleber himself, that German Chancelor Angie Merkel, had chosen to give as a Gift to out-going then French long-time President Jacques Chirac, back on March 2007 in Berlin, during an exceptional EU Summit which included main references to EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights, (Comp. "EuroFora" Co-Founder's NewsReports from Berlin, then). The German-origin Young Officer Kleber, had been attracted by France's Napoleon plans, and had joined him, then, in Egypt, to fight against the Othéoman-Turk Military Occupation, Destruction of Civilisation and asservissment of Arab People.

 

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Benedict's "Source" to revitalize Europe : - "The World needs Hope", Pope says, calling to relaunch E.U. via Human Rights !

Paris - Lourdes - Strasbourg : 12 - 17 September 2008.

The vital need to re-launch Europe can be succesfully met by defending fundamental Human Rights of the People, said Pope Benedict XVI in his 1st speech in France, at his meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently chairs the EU.

Sarkozy replied by welcoming Christian and other religions' contribution to indispensable Public Debates on crucial issues which affect Human Dignity, Europe, even Humankind, as BioGenetics.

- "When Europeans will see and personally experience that the inalienable Rights of the Human Person .., those of their free Education, their Family life, their Work, ..their Religious Rights, ..are respected and promoted, then, these Europeans will fully understand the greatness of the European construction and will be actively involved in it", Benedict XVI stressed.

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- "It's important that during France's EU Presidency, there is, indeed, a desire for the Church to contribute to protect Human Person's integrity, and I think that there is also a growing Conscience, beyond any polemics, to defend Human Rights, and, thus, contribute to ensure respect for Human Dignity", added to "EuroFora" the Pope's Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director Federico Lombardi.

- "Nobody really told us here that Lisbon Treaty was good for this or that reason to the People. They only told us that we "had" to ratify it, and tried to scare us, but failed", said 2 Irish pilgrims to "EuroFora", after 2 Majority Abstentions in 1999 and 2004 EU Elections and 3 "NO" to Referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005, followed by the Irish "No" in 2008, during a Decade of EU Crisis since the controversial Turkey EU- bid (1999-2008).

More than .."224 cases of Murders, Torture, "Disappearancies" or Destructions" by "agents of Turkish Security forces", where all those responsible for so heavy Crimes still remain scandalously unpunished, despite regular condemnations of Ankara by Strasbourg''s European Court of Human Rights from 1996 to 2008, were examined the same week by CoE's Ministers, who decided to launch a fresh call "urging" the Turkish Authorities to end this dangerous "virtual Impunity" of criminals, without comparison to European countries.

- "Why not Ukraine, instead of Turkey ?", asked EuroFora a Journalist from "Kiev : the city where it's enough to cross the streets in order to realize that it's a European town", as Sarkozy recently said, before solemnly declaring this week, together with Ukranian President Jushenko and EU Commission's chair Baroso, EU's "recognition that Ukraine is a fully European Country, linked to Europe by culture and History".

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Europe's "Christian roots" and Values, with "openess and mutual respect" to other cultures and beliefs, were highlighted by Sarkozy in harmony with Benedict XVI.

The Human person should be protected "from his inception until his natural death", added the Pope, faithful to BioEthic principles defended by his predecessor and collaborator, John Paul II, of topical importance in France, Europe and the World today, as Sarkozy announced :

- "Fast and important progres in Genetic Science and procreation raise delicate BioEthical Questions to our Democracies", which "involve our view of Humans and Life, and can lead to Social Mutations. That's why they cannot remain only a business of experts", hestressed.

- "It's Politician's responsibility to set a proper framework for such Public Debates", as "France will do on BioEthics in 2009". "Religious and Philosophic traditions must take part, with their ideas and centuries' long experience : A positive Laicity is an open invitation to Dialogue", he said.

- "France engaged in Europe at another Debate on how to make Financial Capitalism more moral", and the "Social doctrine of the Church fits well what is at stake in modern Globalized Economy"

- "But, a "Real Dialogue is not for an elite of a Globalized world : It penetrates deep into the People : That's why Churches should actively participate : .. It's bringing New Oxygen to Public Debates", stressed Sarkozy.

- "Democracy must not be cut off Reason", which is "compatible with Faith", thanks to "the meeting between Christianism and Greek philosophy ", he added, referring to Pope's views. "It means to advance with logic arguments, search what's best and respect common principles of thinking :... It's an everyday need for Public Administration and the Political Debate", he added.
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Pope Benedict's 1st visit to France looked like the start of a brillant, manifold demonstration that this was well-founded and could become true in the lives of the People : After its Theoretical foundations unfolded at a "speech to the world of Culture", inaugurating Bernadins' cultural centre, and its dogmatic instrument shaped at an address to the Clergy in the Historic Notre Dame' Cathedral, he started to resolutely reach out to the People :

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The move went upwards like Bach's music : Begining with a call to more than fifteen thousand enthousiastic Youngsters gathered at Notre Dame's parvis with overnight celebrations, it gained strength in an impressive open-air Mass at Paris'central Invalides'area facing Alexander III's bridge, attended by more than 150.000 people, French Prime Minister Fillon, many Ministers, Foreign Ambassadors, etc, and culminated in a series of pan-European Mega-meetings at Lourdes 150th anniversary, together with all French Bishops, EU Commission's vice-Chairman Barrot, and some 200.000 enthousiastic People from all over Europe and beyond : After a Sea of Lights astonishingly braved Saturday Night's rain, an open-air mass at riverside fields among Pyrenees' Mountains Sunday Morning, was followed on Monday by a Sea of "Compassion" to those facing Health or Life threats, surrounded by an endless gathering of People, whose gigantic dimensions obviously surprised the organisers..

Meanwhile, Benedict had the occasion to speak to the French Priests at Notre Dame of Paris, and with the Bishops at Lourdes, where they prepare a crucial November plenary meeting, due to take important decisions on imminent EU debates and choices about Europe's identity, BioEthics, etc.
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- "A new way of thinking about Laicity has become necessary", agreed the Pope with President Sarkozy at Elysee. While keeping the "distinction between Politics and Religion, to guarantee Citizens' Liberty", "religion is important for shaping Consciousness and contributing, together with others, to create a basic Ethical Consensus in society".

- "Searching Essential realities", (as "God" for christians), needs "Speech : "Logos" in greek, i.e. Reason", "able to shape a Community","with creative work transforming Human History". But "Dialogue" is instrumental for "Reason", because it's the way to "search" for Truth", in "Liberty", according to Greek Platonic Philosophy, with Socrates' dialectics. "Reason" implies "Spirit and Liberty", hence the polyphonic "Music" of "Dialogue", in a responsible, "well balanced" way, to avoid "destruction".

Starting with a "Dialogue between christians and intellectual or artistic movements" highlighted at Bernardins' Cultural Center. with former Presidents Chirac and Giscard d'Estain, UNESCO's chair Anastassopoulos, etc., as well as representatives of Muslim Communities, (including a separate Turkish), after contacts with Jews at Vatican's Embassy, the Pope turned towards the People :

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To French Priests : "Church built on the rock" !
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- Speaking to thousands of French Priests at Notre Dame's Cathedral, Benedict highlighted a solid "Church built on the Rock" of conscious and active persons, transmitting "a lively, energetic and sharp" "God's Speech, actively working on Human History".

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"Praying together" with "representatives of Christian Churches and ecclesiastic communities", (as Orthodoxes, Armenians, Protestants, etc), he called "to reinforce the Unity of the church", against "any form of Division", around Holy Spirit', "the Word","Christ's Justice", and "Love" to fellow- humans : Essentials which "resume all holy scripts", as he said.

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To Young People : "New Horizons"
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To some 15.000 enthousiastic Young People at Notre Dame's parvis, along Seine's river, Benedict spoke about "the Energy of the Holy Spirit" and "the Mystery of the Cross" : - "The Holy Spirit opens New Horizons to Human Intelligence .. and makes it conscious of the real greatness of Christ's sacrifice, dying and resurecting for World's life".

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Some "may slander you as crazy, laugh at you, or even persecute you. But, "the Holy Cross is a symbol of God's love", and "givesmoral strength" : "Witness of People's pains, it's at the same time, a precious, unique expression of their Hopes", he told them at Paris' dawn.

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Invalides' plateau : "People chosen to become God's friends"
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At the 1st open-air Mass in Paris' center area of Invalides, facing the Grand Palais, along the river Seine, during an impressive gathering of more than 150.000, French Prime Minister Fillon, Ministers Alliot-Marie, Bachelot, Dati, Jouyet, Assembly's President Accoyer, Senate's Chair Poncelet, former 1st Lady Bernadette Chirac, former Prime Minister Raffarin, many foreign Ambassadors, and other political personalities were present. (While earlier, from the Socialist opposition, Paris' Mayor Delanoye, artist Robert Hussein a.o. assisted at the Elysee meeting).

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But the "Entry Song" focused on the "People chosen to become God's Friends". The September 11 mass was Dedicated to "Saint Chrysostomus, that great priest of Constantinople", with his "wonderful eloquence and great courage to face challenges", who "made out of despaired and godless people, a people of brothers", opening a possibility to "become all one complete entity", as Pope Benedict reminded.

- "Reason never enters in real contradiction with Faith", stressed Pope Benedict, who prepared his speeches for France during a short Summer rest at Brixen/Bressanone's Seminar, whose Library honors both "Faith and Science".. - "We must use not only our Reason, but also our Faith" : "Get away from Idolatry", "cupidity", "avidity for money, power or even knowledge deviating from essential aims", and other "falses appearances". and "build your Home on the Rock", "with the force that Holy Spirit gives to those who let it act in them", he said to the People of Paris.

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Benedict at Lourdes : - "Become Light (even) in the Dark !"
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- "Our World needs Hope", stressed Pope Benedict, addressing an impressive TorchLight procession at Lourdes' sanctuaries, where a Sea of Lights held by Hundreds of Thousands of People gathered at Pyrenee's Mountains from all over Europe astonishingly kept their flames despite a heavy Rain at a windy Dark Night...

- "150 years earlier (1858 - 2008), ..here, in the cave, ... a simple young girl, Bernadette .. saw a Light". "The everyday life of her Family was, however, made of Misery, Sadness, Sickness, Misunderstandings, Rejection and Poverty... It was hard to live in Jail". Today, "we think to all Human Beings who suffer : The innocent Victims who face Violence, War, Terrorism, Hunger, Injustices, Catastrophes, Hate and Oppression, Violations of Human Dignity and of their fundamental Rights, of their Liberty to act and think. We also think to those who face Familial problems, sufferings from Unemployment, Sickness, Infirmity, Isolation, or their situation as Immigrants, without forgetting those who suffer and die for the name of Christ", he said.

- "But the Shadows of the Earth, did not hinder Sky's Light to shine : <<The Light shines in the Dark>>" ..."A Way full of Light opens in Human History even in its Darkest moments" : ..."As Night falls, Christ tels us : <<- Keep your Lamps alight !>>."Hold a Light while walking in the Night .. sums up our condition as Christians on their way : "We need light, and we are called to become Light !", Benedict stressed to People setting in motion Lights, Flags and Songs with enthousiasm.

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"<<- She looked at me as a Person, who speaks to another Person>>, the poor girl had noted."Light emerges from such a Dialogue", stressed the Pope : "A small Flame called Hope, Compassion and Tenderness dwells inside those who return after being moved by Lourdes' experience". "Christ .. entrusts us with the Mission to let the Light of Charity shine : To make of our Prayers an Act of Love to our brothers and to Fraternal Charity", he concluded.

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