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Brickbat: The Terrorists Have Won

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The French government will not allow giant TV screens to be placed in open places for crowds to watch the World Cup. The French Interior Ministry has said that, because of terrorism concerns, any organized viewings must be held in "strictly controlled areas" with heavy security.

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  4. The French government would like to remind everyone that it has enough white cloth to drape over any size TV screen.

    1. I’m kind of surprised that France has any white cloth left. I’m pretty sure that stuff is heavily horded.

      1. There are many cosplayers there who pretend they’re ghosts? Or klansman?

        1. Knights in white satin? Virgin brides?

        2. Ghost klansman are as bad as surf nazis, zombie Lenin and evangelical agnostics.

  5. Instead they will setup stages for mimes to perform play by play coverage.

    1. There was a story last week about a 10-year-old autistic kid in Texas who was arrested and cuffed for miming holding a rifle in school. Can’t help but wonder if he lived in France, he would have instead been awarded some kind of artistic prize.

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  6. Which comes from treating terrorists as mere criminals. You can only really react to crimes, you cannot actively prevent them, and you cannot defend your people from them, you can only limit attractive targets.

  7. Then the terrorists have won, in France at least.

    1. Um, are the French scared of Christian terrorists, atheist terrorists, Buddhist terrorists, Zoroastrian terrorists, or, um, some OTHER kind of terrorists? WHAT kind of terrorists are they afraid of?

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  10. Accurate headline

  11. “They hate us for our freedoms” so let’s destroy our freedoms so they don’t hate us any longer!
    Made sense to the political class. And their enablers.

  12. What terrorist would be stupid enough to attack a soccer venue? Those places are full of violently crazy mega-fans, who will riot and kill each other just because of a field ruling. What do you think will happen to a terrorists who interrupts a world cup match?

    1. One whose plans to attack a crowd watching the game at another location have been frustrated?

  13. Terrorists are beloved by governments.

    1. Yes! If there are enough of us who are terrorized by ANYTHING, then Government Almighty will GLADLY spring forward to PROTECT us all!!! Look at the long, long historical lines of things that have “terrorized” us, that Government Almighty had protected us from!

      Witches

      Atheists

      Un-believers of all sorts

      “Satan worshipers”

      Interracial marriages

      Pot smokers

      Gay people

      Personal secret keepers who resist the NSA

      Whistle blowers

      Abortionists

      Gun owners

      People who believe that their bodies belong to them, not to Government Almighty, and act according to their beliefs

      Cake bakers

      Libertarians!

  14. At least it’s soccer. It’s not as though they’re preventing people from watching an actual sport.

  15. If we’d only come to our senses and follow Nick and the Old Beaner to open borders we could achieve this utopia here.

    1. You’re already on your way to overtake them. Closing borders because you’re scared of the baddies getting in is worse than cancelling public viewing events because you’re scared of the baddies nearby.

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