President Hollande has called these killings, "An act of War."
Paris Prosecutor spokeswoman Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre said eight extremists are dead after attacks. Seven of them were killed in suicide bombings.
A total of six locations were attacked in and just outside the capital, Paris prosecutor François Molins told reporters Saturday. At least 128 people were killed and over 300 injured in the Paris and Saint-Denis shootings and bombings, French officials said, with the worst carnage occurred at Bataclan, with at least 80 left dead.
To be clear; this is more than just an attack on France. It is an attack on the civilized world.
"The attacks in Paris are a wakeup call. A wakeup call for the fact that what we're involved in now is a civilizational conflict with Radical Islam... They do not hate us because we have military assets in the middle east. They hate us because of our values, they hate us because young girls here go to school, they hate us because women drive, they hate us because we have freedom of speech, because we have diversity in our religious beliefs. They hate us because we are a tolerant society. This is a clash of civilizations and either they win or we win." - Senator Marco Rubio
Anyone who says that this war is not ours to fight has turned a blind eye to the historical events of WWII where our forefathers understood that we can either fight evil on foreign shores or we can wait until we have to fight it at home.
Unfortunately, and at the cost of innocent lives, France has begun fighting this war on their home soil.
It is worth noting that one of the most prominent and longest lasting campaigns in any theatre of War in human history were the Crusades. They lasted a total of 196 years; an almost two century War spanning vast portions of Europe with multiple generations born and raised in violence.
It would be wise to understand the motives behind one of the largest conflicts in human history to understand the motives behind the attacks on France.
"The Crusades were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression—an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands." Thomas F. Madden writes.
We need to be clear, as right wing extremsists will no doubt be quick to point fingers wrongly.
Muslims are not the problem. There are scores of brave and heroic muslims fighting with the Peshmerga against the evil that is Daesh.
The problem is extremists within that religion; not just the terrorists, as it can be argued that those in their numbers supporting Sharia Law are themselves supporting extremist values in contrast to the Judeo-Christian values held in the Western World.
CNN is currently reporting that Belgian Police are raiding houses in Brussels in the same area where raids took place after the Charlie Hebdo shootings. These neighborhoods have been under surveilance by authorities as they are heavily populated by immigrants, some of which have known affiliates to extremist groups.
This attack should not have come as a surprise to the Western World as for months, many have pointed out the security risks of letting thousands of unscreened refugees into Europe.
As details emerge, there is a high probability that terrorists involved will have been some of the refugees accepted by France as the move by France to close its borders is revealing of their intel on suspected perpetrators.
It is being reported by CNN that Syrian and Egyptian passports have been found on the terrorists.
They are also reporting that the passport found on the terorrist who attacked the Stade de France was processed in Leros, Greece. That location is an entry point for thousands of immigrants entering Europe.
What we will see in the coming months as the next step for France will no doubt be an outcry from the public resulting in French boots on the ground in Syria to fight against Daesh.
Military strategy on the front in Syria will more than likely begin with extenive French air raids to soften Daesh targets within Syria, followed by the deployment of large numbers of troops working with the Peshmerga and moderate groups within the region.