French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaking in a press, conference shortly after the end of the siege in Toulouse, spoke out strongly against terrorism, and said that anyone regularly visiting terror websites would be prosecuted. He also called for punishment to those who visit radical Islamic camps.
The gunman who killed three Jewish children among other victims, visited Afghanistan on several occasions, and had links with Al-Qaeda. Mohamed Merah, the gunman, had been arrested over 10 different times; Sarkozy called for an investigation on the French prison system to find out if has become a recruitment to terrorist cells.
These breaking news has rapidly become the spot light of the media in the world. It is very important for us to look back in History, because it does repeat itself constantly. What took place in France, has similarly taken place in other countries. A terror attack, and the "file burning" killing of the suspects.
It is important to remember this is election year in France, and Sarkozy was struggling on the polls for his re-election. After the tragedy, now the French President has taken the lead on the polls and enjoys a little over 30% of the votes.
Sarkosy did say they tried everything they could to capture Merah alive. In my experience as a History instructor, have observed that anything that rapidly comes to an spotlight such as the recent events in France, it is very import to do some "file burning" and make sure that no one knows what is going on behind the scenes. People under a lot of pressure may say things they don't want to say.
In the name of cracking down terrorism, Sarkosy will implant a new law to track what everyone is doing in the internet in French soil.
We have given so much of our privacy, our freedom in the name of security. I do not know if anyone have noticed the more they take away from us, the more we have been hit by so called "terrorism".