PARIS (Christian Examiner) – The Islamic jihadists' ultimate goal last week was not the death of satirical cartoonists or three days of mayhem, but on a complete breakdown of law and order in France, a Middle East analyst told Fox News yesterday. The media, focused on explaining how insulting it is to Muslims to poke visual fun at their Prophet Mohammad, and how equally offensive it is to Westerners to try to quash freedom of speech, are being too short-sighted, Walid Phares said to Patty Ann Brown.
Meanwhile a prominent Southern Baptist pastor says the answer is to introduce radical terrorists to the Peacemaker of the Bible.
Analysts have detailed the unrest fermenting in Muslim immigrant-built enclaves throughout France and elsewhere in Europe: Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Great Britain. France is the most extreme example, by all accounts.
The French government lists on its official website 751 "no-go" zones throughout that western European nation, 751 places where residents live under Sharia law, where French police do not patrol, where ambulances will only go with police protection.
"French Muslims don't feel French," national security analyst Nolan Peterson told Fox News commentator Neal Cavuto. "They don't feel they can get in French society."
France has liberal immigration policies, but has not made an effort to assimilate newcomers, Peterson said. Instead, the government allowed its Muslim immigrants to set up what in effect have become essentially independent mini-states. As many as 40 percent of the young Muslim men in these enclaves are unemployed because – and so – they do not fit in mainstream French society.
"Anger doesn't cause violence," Peterson continued. "It makes them vulnerable to Islamic extremists."
More than 300 mosques in these no-go zones have been identified as Islamic jihadist recruitment centers. Disaffected young men go to the mosques and are offered not only international travel and the opportunity to learn a manly skill, plus a way to make their life matter, similar in style perhaps to "Be all that you can be," the U.S. Army's slogan from 1980-2001.
The Muslim young men go to military-style training camps in the Middle East and eventually return to their families in France – or elsewhere in Europe, or elsewhere in the world – as radicalized Islamic terrorists.
Islamic jihadists' attacks on a government building in Ottawa, Canada, in October; coffee shop in Sydney, Australia, in December; marathon in Boston in April 2013; and last week's massacre of 2,000 people in Nigeria are part and parcel of the Islamist jihadists' global strategy to bring the entire world under Islamic Sharia law, several analysts have determined.
And these are not the only examples. The Global Terrorism Index recorded almost 18,000 deaths in 2013, a 60 percent jump over 2012.
Four groups were responsible for most of them, according to an article last week in The Guardian, a British news publication, that was quoting the Index: Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS); Boko Haram in Nigeria; the Taliban in Afghanistan; and al-Qaeda in various parts of the world.
Steve Killelea, executive director of the Institute for Economics and Peace, an independent think tank with offices in New York, Sydney in Australia and Oxford in Great Britain, told The Guardian there had been a "significant and worrying increase in worldwide terrorism" over the last two years.
Killelea said among the causes of terrorism are group grievance, political instability, state-sponsored terrorism such as torture and extrajudicial killings, and, over the last 14 years, the rise of Sunni extremist theology.
The French Parliament voted today to continue and extend airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS. By law they are required to vote on this every four months, according to the International Business Times.
The vote came hours after Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said ISIS must be "wiped out. ... Islamic State is a terrorist army with fighters from everywhere," Le Drian continued. "It is an international army that has to be wiped out, and that is why we are part of the coalition."
France is second only to the U.S. in the number of attacks it has made against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The French began launching airstrikes in September as one of the first allies of the U.S., according to the BBC.
The solution is not weaponry, but prevention, several commentators on multiple websites said.
"There is a poisonous narrative radicalizing young minds," British Prime Minister David Cameron said after the march in Paris, which he had taken to show British solidarity with France, he said. That narrative needs to be changed, he added.
But assimilating Muslims into mainstream French culture and exposing them to something other than radical Islam would take 50 to 70 years, one commentator noted.
John Avant has a different solution. Avant, pastor of First Baptist Church of Concord, in Knoxville, Tenn., wrote a blog Jan. 9 titled, "Why Islam has a Big Problem and What Christians Can Do About it."
Avant served as vice president of evangelization at the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board from 2005-2007.
"I know this: Any Muslim who comes to Jesus will not become a terrorist," Avant wrote. "The church, nothing else, is the kingdom tool of Jesus to change the world. ... The smallest prayer closet has more power within it to change the world than the Oval office or the thrones of kings!"