Teams of suicide bombers from the so-called Islamic State, striking at soft targets in the heart of the city and a stadium on the outskirts, had taken their own lives along with those of at least 129 innocents,
Blasting away with Kalashnikovs at a rock concert and restaurants, and at a soccer game attended by more than 80,000 people, before blowing themselves up.
A statement purportedly from ISIS called the attacks “the Blessed Paris Invasion.” French President François Hollande, more accurately, described them as “an act of war committed by a terrorist army.” And he promised a “merciless” response.
But if this attack in the heart of a major Western capital represents the beginning of a new phase in the combat between ISIS and the civilized world,
the question going forward is what kind of war will it be?
What can be done not just to control and contain the threat—that approach by Washington and its allies clearly has not worked.
There was nothing controlled or contained about what happened here.
Russian airline in Sinai prove to be the work of ISIS as well, then the organization—under pressure on the ground in Iraq and Syria—would appear to be waging a concerted campaign to take the fight to its enemies.
a CIA veteran with long experience hunting Osama bin Laden and trying to outmaneuver ISIS, speaking privately, tells The Daily Beast,
“Everybody is going to respond to this thing with solidarity, tying little ribbons on trees and that sort of bullshit,” when what’s needed, in his position is, “to drive a stake in their heart.”
How would you do that?
“Put together a force of 6,000 or 7,000 airborne soldiers and just take Raqqa. Don’t issue warnings. Don’t assemble tank columns."
"Train the force, then use it,” said this gentleman, a veteran of the clandestine services, but not of the military.
“They have made Raqqa the capital of their state. Take it and you have changed the ground immediately".
You can’t fight ISIS with baby steps, and what happened in Paris gives you the immediate rationale to do something strategic. Otherwise? They are winning.”
U.S. politicians are also hinting at the idea of boots on the ground against ISIS
—Senator Diane Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, released a statement on Saturday that noted,
"The fight is quickly spreading outside Iraq and Syria, and that's why we must take the battle to them."
“If we really want to do something, we need to erase Raqqa,” Bauer told The Daily Beast.