Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TERRORISM; No Safe Havens

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TERRORISM; No Safe Havens

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If the French really thought they could insulate themselves from anti-Western terrorism through appeasement, they must have felt quite a jolt when ricin was found in a luggage locker at a Paris railway station.

Ricin is a poison that, if inhaled, causes death by suppressed breathing. There is no known antidote.

French authorities themselves say they believe the poison was manufactured by al-Qaida as part of a plot to carry out chemical attacks across Europe.

France has done everything but wave a white flag to beg for mercy from the terrorists. There has been a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in France on Jewish schools, temples and cemeteries over the past two years -- and police have been remarkably inept at stopping it.

Also, the French government relentlessly defends a man who portrays himself as a hero of militant Islam -- the "butcher of Baghdad," Saddam Hussein.

Much to the consternation of the French, Islamic militants have yet to show their appreciation. …

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