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Who’s Ambushing French Fire-Fighters?

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As if this job weren’t hazardous enough…

So there’s a fire and you call the Fire Dept. to come and put it out. Only you’re in France, not here; and when the fire-fighters come, the bad guys attack them with rocks and Molotov cocktails (https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/09/11/french-firefighters-use-police-escort-molotov-cocktail-attack/).

It’s gotten so bad, some of the French emergency services have had to make a “series of videos calling on the public… not to attack them.” Apparently the M.O. is to set some garbage on fire and then ambush the fire-fighters when they come to put it out.

Uh… okay: so who’s doing this?

We are not told! All we’re told us that this involves fires in “sensitive areas,” whatever those are. I don’t see the point of news reporting whose main purpose is to keep the readers from finding out what’s happening; I guess I’m old-fashioned that way.

The perpetrator of this dramatically uninformative news store is one Chris Tomlinson with Breitbart. If he’s made any effort to find out who’s bushwhacking the firemen and rescue squads, he hasn’t mentioned it. So we don’t know who’s doing this, any more than we know what constitutes a “sensitive area” where it isn’t safe for fire trucks or ambulances to go.

What kind of government permits this sort of thing to go on? Why isn’t the government of France finding and stopping the people who are doing this? (Hint: Because the government of France is full of liberals and no right-thinking liberal government would ever lift a finger to protect its own people.)

And what kind of nooze reporting is this? We don’t even get a speculation as to who’s attacking the firemen? No description of those “sensitive areas”? I mean, yeah, sure, we can guess–and probably guess pretty accurately, too.

Meanwhile, any government that can’t or won’t protect its own people has no reason for existing.


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Gee, but how to you do that?

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