November 15 - France on a War Footing; ISIS Baits the "Crusaders" Into Scapegoating Muslims; Erdogan and the G-20 Meeting in Turkey

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Part 1

We begin and go to Paris for an update on the investigations into the coordinated massacres that took place on Friday night across the city at restaurants, a concert hall and at a sports stadium. Francois D’Alancon, a Foreign Correspondent with the French daily La Croix who was formerly the newspaper’s Foreign Editor and Middle East Correspondent joins us to discuss the traumatic events that have put the country on a war footing against a threat that cannot be solved by military means alone. As President Hollande is pressured to take a hard line by Sarkozy on his right and Le Pen on his far right, we will examine what can be done to detect potential terrorists before they attack, without undermining Liberte, Egalite and Fraternite.

Part 2

Then we look further into what Hollande means when he announced that war has been declared on France and that in response he will be merciless. The Editor in Chief of Insurgeintelligence and a weekly columnist for Middle East Eye,  Nafeez Ahmed, joins us from London to analyze the strategy of the self-declared Islamic State to bait the West they call “crusaders” into scapegoating Muslims and driving wedge between the Muslim diaspora in Europe and the rest of the population, while at the same time U.S. policies have added to the number of failed states in which these jihadists have safe haven and can build their so-called Caliphate.

Part 3 

Then finally we examine the rhetoric and recriminations coming from the G-20 meeting in Turkey where discussions are underway to try to end the civil war in Syria which is causing an exodus of refugees to Europe that an E.U. spokesman is blaming Russia for exacerbating by bombing the country in support of the Assad regime.  A former senior CIA official Graham Fuller, the author of “Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East”, joins us to discuss the problem with direct links to the fate of Syria, Iraq and Turkey itself and that is the Kurdish question now made all the more urgent since Turkey’s President Erdogan cynically reignited a war against the Kurds to win the recent election.