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The recent excitement in Paris produced an occasion of great surprise to an American observer, certainly to one who witnessed the transformation fear exacted from America’s governing elite by the 9/11 attacks in 2001. In France, the jihad killings last week produced a colossal reaction that was not one of fear at all.

The “cheese-eating surrender monkeys,” of Americans’ past condescension, turned out by the hundreds of thousands Wednesday afternoon in Paris’ Place de la Republique and rendezvous points in dozens of cities and towns across the country to shout their defiance of jihadists, murderers and what should be done to the whole lot of them when caught, and applauding the thousands of policemen who suddenly appeared in the streets, barricading roads and exit/entries to Paris, and poking into the contents of cars, Metros, trains, concierge’s lodges, apartment lobbies, and the parcels, briefcases, and purses of anyone who looked funny.

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