The fallout from the Paris attacks continues.
In the USA, the country that is arguably to blame for much to the world’s current instability, the political reaction from Republican candidates has been completely predictable: Republican Candidates Urge Aggressive Response After Paris Attacks. In particular Donald Trump has covered himself in muck [Update: Trump turns out to have been an odd controversy about an old tweet].
Fortunately the Democratic candidates are sounding a lot more rational. From their recent debate:
Sanders objected to Clinton’s line about who bore responsibility for Isis. “I don’t think any sensible person would disagree that the invasion of Iraq led to the massive instability that we are seeing right now,” he said.
In a possible preview of a major general election debate to come, Clinton rejected a “clash of civilizations” framework Republicans have used after the Paris attacks. “We are not at war with Islam or Muslims,” Clinton says. “We are at war with violent extremism.”
It will be a disaster for the world if we end up with one of these Republican loons as the next president of the USA. It will be a disaster for the world if France reacts to these attacks the way the USA reacted to 911.