In this special edition of the Middle Theory Podcast, it’s a somber reunion for the program as our discussion focuses on the recent Friday the 13th terror attacks in Paris, France. We carefully examine the events which played out over the course of the evening, which involved multiple incidents including suicide bombings, shootings, and a hostage situation which altogether led to the deaths of 129 victims, 89 of which died at the Bataclan theatre.
We examine a number of questions about Paris attack, including why some of the attackers have passports on them, and reports where concert goers reportedly heard the attackers proclaim, “you killed our brothers in Syria, now we do this to you.”
Also, McNonymous asks, “why wait until game was well under way, and crowd had gone inside stadium before trying to get into Stade de France? Would it have made more sense to try to sneak in with thousands of people? Would it have made more sense to detonate suicide vest amidst big crowd going through turnstiles? Why wait until not many others around?”
In addition to the French casualties, how does this incident effect the future of French politics? Could the suicide bombings be viewed as ‘decoys’ to allow for the carnage that would ensue at the Bataclan theatre later that evening?Who stands to benefit the most from this attack, and was this a way of baiting NATO into going full bore into Syria and Iraq in order to legitimize ISIL’s hold?
Finally, below we include a number of links to stories included in this episode of the podcast:
- Timeline: What happened with the Paris attacks
- The Irish Times timeline of terror on the streets
- Friday the 13th May Change France More Than 9-11 Changed America
- Manhunt in Europe for at least 1 suspect ‘directly involved’ in Paris attacks
- Anonymous declares war on ISIL after Paris attacks: ‘We will hunt you down’
- French Jets Bomb Syria After International Manhunt for ‘Dangerous’ Suspect
- Police questioned, released suspect after attack
- A new Islamic State video threatens a Paris-style attack on Washington
- The fearless father who threw himself on a suicide bomber, saving hundreds
- What the Paris Attacks Mean For the Future of ISIS