Yesterday we reported that after the Nice terrorist attack, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told French citizens that, “France Should Learn to Live with Terrorism”.
After Valls’ strange statement we said:
It is as if French leadership has accepted, or is telling their people to accept, the fact that EU and US policy in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere will inevitably result in some blowback…so in Valls’ word, to paraphrase, ‘learn to live with it, France’.
The Duran Editor-in-Chief, Alexander Mercouris posted on his Facebook page:
Compare that to what Putin said in 1999 – about hunting terrorists down even if they hid inside a toilet (as Russians know he used a much stronger word).
There you have the difference between Defeatism and Resolve.
Remember when terrorism plagued Russia, Vladimir Putin did not tell Russians to ‘learn to live with terrorism.’
In September 1999, when Putin briefly served as prime minister during Boris Yeltsin’s presidency, Putin told Russian TV:
“We are going to pursue terrorists everywhere. If they are in the airport, we will pursue them in the airport. And if we capture them in the toilet, then we will waste them in the outhouse. … The issue has been resolved once and for all”.
Twitter users in France are rightfully horrified and angered by Valls’ statements (Twitter translations courtesy of Zerohedge).
— Damien Lcc (@DamienLcc) July 15, 2016
Non la France ne doit pas “vivre avec le terrorisme”, tout comme nous ne devons pas nous habituer à l’incompétence de nos gouvernants!
— Laurence A.Gougeon (@lazgougeon) July 15, 2016
“What? More people should be killed to wake you up, fool!” @MathiasLiurno added.
Valls: “La France doit apprendre à vivre avec le terrorisme” Quoi ??! mais tu veux encore cb de tués pour te réveiller bouffon ?!!!
— Mat➰ (@MathiasLiurno) July 15, 2016
Some called on Valls to resign after uttering such words
Manuel Valls: “la France doit apprendre à vivre avec le terrorisme”
Discours défaitiste. Mieux vaut une démission. https://t.co/tiwQouV2Ms
— Free Beni (@sergemike) July 15, 2016
“You don’t have any shame?” “It gave me chills.” “The sword of Damocles over our heads” – these were the angry comments on social media.
@manuelvalls la France va devoir vivre avec le terrorisme. Vous n’avez pas honte ? 1/2
— Marc (@marcos4310) July 15, 2016
“la france va devoir vivre ave le terrorisme” ça m’a donné des frissons.
— ✨ (@mxxnclifford) July 15, 2016
“La France va devoir vivre avec le terrorisme”… L’épée de Damocles au dessus de nos tête
— Prisc (@priscillia_uls) July 15, 2016
“This phrase [Valls’] is horrible. We don’t want to live with terrorism, we want to live in peace,” @FlowerofFields added.
“La France va devoir vivre avec le terrorisme.” Elle est horrible cette phrase. On ne veut pas vivre avec, nous. On veut la paix. #Nice06
— PRAY FOR NICE (@FlowerofFields) July 15, 2016
Trolled were also present “Okay this is reassuring” “Best sentence of the day, again congratulations Mr. Valls” “Thanks Mr.Valls.”
“La France doit apprendre à vivre avec le terrorisme”. D’accord c’est plutôt rassurant.
— Charlène Sourciat (@ChrlnSourciat) July 15, 2016
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