As casualty counts mount after the coordinated attacks by Islamic State commandos on several locations in Paris Friday evening, there is every reason to remember the French newspaper headlines on September 12, 2001: Nous sommes tous américains, We are all American.
Muslim terrorists armed with automatic rifles and screaming Allah Akhbar left some 100 dead in the quaint and popular Bataclan café-music hall in east-central Paris; the toll is likely to rise. They reportedly hit two nearby restaurants as well and set off bombs at the Stade de France, the 80,000 capacity football stadium in the close-in northern suburb of Saint-Denis, during a France-Germany exhibition match.
Regardless of differences over strategic and political issues arising between sister-Democracies during the current global war with totalitarian Islam, in these grim moments we are united in knowing why we fight.
We are all French; we are all Israelis; we are all Americans.