Can We as Individuals Learn From the Terrorist Attacks in Paris?

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This morning some of my friends ran a tabletop exercise based on yesterday’s terrorist attacks in France.  First, I want to give my condolences and prayers to all of the victims their families and loved ones.

Second, I want to mention that I am only using a portion of what my friends did.  Some of the intelligence that they used in the exercise has already changed.  For instance, the latest information shows that a Syrian passport was found by one of the terrorists.  Information from Greece indicates that he only arrived in Europe about one month ago.  Now over the next few days more information about the terrorist attacks will surface.  But at the same time, much will be hidden.  We as individuals may never know all the information.

So what does this mean to us?  Can we learn from these terrorist attacks?  I think the answer is a definite, yes.  The following comments came out of their exercise.

Tabletop Exercise:

Reality check. How many here watching the news reports of the Paris have thought about personal/family protection?

  • First thoughts probably about packing a concealed weapon. Not altogether bad thing, BUT…
  • Now, honestly… think about it… How many brushed up on Trauma management and made sure they had some trauma supplies?
  • Google blast injuries? You walk up on the cafe after being rocked by the blast wave from just around the corner of a building, are you comfortable that you would know what to do and start giving aid?
  • Everyone always envisions themselves as the Hero shooter to take down the bad guy and preps for such…
  • Many don’t prep for trauma management where they may have a daily chance to actually apply their skills in such a random incident as a vehicle accident or a local situation.
  • When was your last first aid class?
  • When was the Last time you increased your level of medical training?
  • Motivation moment. You might be the first one to show up on a lonely road where one of my loved ones is injured…. could you do more than call 911?

(I suggest that you sit down with your family and friends and study how you would react if such a situation were to occur in your neighborhood.  Have you talked to your children about what to do if faced with this type of event.  Howard)

Paris attack sitrep:

Paris has been rocked by a multiple, coordinated terrorist attacks, leaving at least 140 people dead. President François Hollande has declared a state of emergency and ordered national borders closed.  Police have reported four of the hostage takers killed as elite units brought their operation at the Bataclan concert hall to an end.  Paris residents have been asked to stay indoors as about 1,500 military personnel have been deployed across the city.

  • Terror operations in Paris were apparently intended to fracture French society.
  • The terrorists want to provoke inter-religion frictions.
  • France will have to work hard to make sure they don’t allow them this success.
  • There will be little doubt that so-called Islamic State is top of the list of suspects.
  • France has the highest Muslim population in Europe.
  • Many peaceful and patriotic followers of the faith live in the poorest banlieues of the nation’s cities. Some feel left out of the wider French social structures even though the country has, for years, followed a policy of assimilation to try to reinforce the notion of ‘Frenchness’ among all its citizens.

As you can see my friends spent some time examining the terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris.  Now I have not included all the information that they sent me, because some of this has already changed and will continue to change in the future.

Now I am not going to spend a lot of time speculating on why or how, or who was involved.  There are plenty of other people who are better qualified than me to do this.  What I am going to do, is use the terrorist attacks as a training aid. Learn what we can to help keep our families and friends safe when terrorist attacks occurs here.



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3 thoughts on “Can We as Individuals Learn From the Terrorist Attacks in Paris?”

  1. All seven of the militants wore identical explosive vests and did not hesitate to blow themselves up – a worrying change of tactic for jihadists targeting France. Unlike the attacks in London in 2005 where the bombers’ explosives were stored in backpacks, Friday’s attackers used the sort of suicide vests normally associated with bombings in the Middle East… French authorities say the vests appeared to have been made with TATP, or acetone triperoxide [sic], that is easy for amateurs to make at home but is highly unstable. The vests also included a battery, a detonation button and shrapnel to maximize injuries. (This is why TSA imposes restrictions on liquids carried aboard commercial passenger planes. The take-home lesson is to pay more attention to people who don’t seem to have good reason for wearing backpacks!)

  2. It is not beating a dead horse to say the governments of Europe and the United States caused this disaster. The government employees openly welcomed these people in and now the nations of Europe will be destroyed by them. We too, will follow suit, as our own government employees from the top down keep saturating our cities with these people until they rise up against us and destroy us. That is all that needs to be learned for there is nothing else now, but playing the waiting game to see where they will strike first. After that it will snowball very rapidly into Martial Law and searching for scapegoats. Thanks for another good article.

  3. This article written by a Belgian is a long, but good read. It gives an accurate picture of the fractured politics and political correctness gone amok which allowed and encouraged these attacks to happen.

    I would urge you to read the entire article, with the intent of trying to understand his European perspective, without making any judgements trying to apply his observations and experience to an American situation. The link:

    My take-aways from the article:

    “The reality is that we’re far beyond simple solutions and there is worse to come before it gets better, …Safety is an illusion, it was never real and some people are only finding that out now.

    “But life will go on. How do you go on?

    “Many people contacted me to ask what they should do now. They are scared and don’t know what to think or what/who to believe…
    My father told me how as a child, him and his friends would steal German bullets during the WWII occupation of Belgium. They’d take out the gunpowder, pour it out in a line on a windowsill and set it on fire to see it go off…It was war, but children still played. The same will happen now. If you stop living, the bastards win.

    “Illegitimi non carborundum…

    “Giving your family information and tools that increase their odds of survival in case of an attack, if only a few percentage points more, is the least I can do. My mother did the same for me.

    “When I was their age, terrorists did over a dozen attacks in one year in Belgium, in particular around Brussels. I remember being scared that my father would not come home one day.

    “When I was their age, a gang tortured and killed for three years. Their MO was to shoot and kill without hesitation or provocation. They specifically targeted a chain of supermarkets (Delhaize), which had a store at a 30sec. walk from our house and we always shopped there. I remember my mom telling me to duck and look for cover if the shooting started. I survived. So will my kids. Violence is a part of life…All you can do is try to prepare for it and deal with it best you can.

    “The same goes for this terrorist threat. Life will change, but it keeps on going. My point of view is to live your life as best you can, but stay informed of what’s really going on. Take whatever reasonable precautions you can and then move on with your life…

    “But you can do something about how you fill those days. I choose to fill them as much as possible with the things that give me joy and spend as much time as I can with my loved ones.

    Just like I did before the Paris attacks.”

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