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Failing to learn lessons from Paris

The left’s reactions to the terror attack on Paris are in keeping with its tradition of getting almost everything wrong.

Take Bernie Sanders, for example. At the Democratic presidential debate, one day after the Paris attack, the democratic socialist candidate made this observation about al-Qaida:

“I would argue that the disastrous invasion of Iraq, something that I strongly opposed, has unraveled the region completely, and led to the rise of al-Qaida and to ISIS.”

That a US senator, let alone a man running for president of the US, believes that the American invasion of Iraq led to the rise of al-Qaida should automatically disqualify him from serious consideration. It is a testimony to how many on the left twist reality to force-fit it into their ideology.

For the benefit of those too young to recall 9/11 it was al-Qaida that attacked America. In other words, al-Qaida, founded in 1988, preceded the American invasion of Iraq by 15 years.

Take President Obama’s statement on the attack:

“This is an attack not just on Paris, not just on the people on France, but an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share.”

At best, this is classic left-wing naivete; at worst, it is just nonsense.

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Dennis Prager

Columnist | Conservative Lens

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