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Siden 15. januar har 10.412 franske soldater bevoktet 722 jødiske skoler og synagoger i det som kalles Opération Sentinelle.

Nå viser en oversikt fra hæren at de har opplevd hele 371 angrep, noen av dem svært alvorlige. Jihadister fotograferer soldatene med tanke på neste angrep.

Vaktholdet har vært en stor belastning på soldatene, og hærledelsen vil i stedet gå over til mobile enheter.

«Fourteen serious attacks, with a knife, laser, even blows with heavy sticks,» were reported. One jihadist tried to grab the rifle of a soldier on patrol at Trocadéro (Paris) before being caught (and probably released).
In Étampes, a Muslim was spotted several times by the soldiers: when he was identified, the police services realized he was a member of a band of three individuals back from Yemen and free to do as they pleased.

In Savigny-sur-Orge, a car rammed into the barriers protecting a Jewish community center.
In Nice three soldiers on guard in front of a community center were attacked with a weapon by one Moussa Coulibaly. One of the men is disfigured for life.

Det er nå like mange franske soldater utplassert på fransk jord som det er i utlandet. Det er en merkelig situasjon. Ekstra merkelig blir situasjonen fordi myndighetene og media ikke tør beskrive den som den er:

Europe is indeed at war – a strange war, that has not been officially declared, because that would offend the enemy.

En krig der man er redd for å fornærme fienden blir en merkelig krig. Det er galliawatch.blogspot.com som har den treffende formuleringen.

Francois Hollande lovte å vokte franske jøder. Nå blir soldatene ambulerende. Det gir ikke samme trygghet. At belastningen på soldatene var så stor, lyder helt merkelig. Men de er allerede utsatt for en stor belastning. Frankrike har ikke nok soldater og må drive rovdrift på dem:

Pierre de Villiers

General de Villiers, in charge of the operation, explained how difficult it is for soldiers on patrol to walk a total of 30 kilometers on foot every day, in their bullet-proof armor, in all kinds of weather. Living conditions for them are rudimentary; some had just returned from four months in the Sahel, only to be deployed in Paris. Others on leave were called back without warning.
The general added that he was not able to relieve 10,000 men, unless he called on the soldiers preparing for overseas operations or who were already there, but there was no way he could pull them out of service.
The operation will be re-organized to be more mobile, and talks are underway between the military, the prefects and the representatives of the Jewish community.
On February 8, the Defense minister stated that Operation Sentinelle costs «about one million a day.»

Den franske hær opplever altså mannskapsmangel og blir pålagt oppgaver som den ikke kan oppfylle av en regjering som ikke kan si hvem som er fienden. Denne politiske slitasjen snakkes det lite om.

Hollande ville oppfylle løftet om trygghet for jødene, men uten å øke forsvarsbudsjettet. Dermed må staten selge utstyr, bare for å leie det tilbake av private selskaper. Forsvaret må drive kannibalisme på seg selv, slik det norske også har måttet.

At det er i ferd med å oppstå en situasjon i Europa der politiet ikke klarer å håndtere sikkerheten, men må ha assistanse av soldater, er en så alvorlig utvikling at det burde påkalt stor oppmerksomhet.

Italia følger etter Frankrike.

From The Guardian:

Italian security chiefs have approved a plan to put 4,800 soldiers on the streets throughout the country to help guard against potential terrorist attacks.
A statement by the interior ministry after a meeting on Tuesday of military and security officials said they would guard sensitive sites and targets until at least June.
Italian media said about 500 would be deployed in Rome, where army troops already help guard diplomatic missions and residences, the capital’s synagogue and Jewish schools.
The troops are expected to be deployed at tourist venues including archaeological sites and monuments.
The measures come after attacks by gunmen who killed two people in Copenhagen on Saturday and 17 people in Paris last month.
Security officials consider Rome particularly sensitive because it is home to the Vatican.
In the past, Islamist websites have posted vague threats against Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic church but the interior minister, Angelino Alfano, said at an event with Vatican officials on Tuesday that there was no specific threat.

 

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