"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences"

The title quote is from 19th Century writer Robert Louis Stevenson.  As you may have noted from your own life or from watching the news, not much has changed in the last two centuries.

In reality, that observation of the human condition goes back much farther than Robert Louis Stevenson.  One could argue that his "banquet of consequences" is a paraphrase of several different biblical passages having to do with reaping and sowing.

The point is that some of us realized, pretty early on that we could not outrun ourselves.  At least 99% of us can't.  The 1% who can afford private air travel seem to do a pretty good job of keeping themselves ahead of their consequences.

In my generation, many found themselves heading west, to California to find themselves.  If you already lived in California, you probably just learned how to surf.

The truth remains that you can neither run from nor hide from yourself.  Wherever you go, there you are.  Like playing hide-and-go-seek in the mirror.

The moral is that at some point, we will all have to face the consequences of all the stupid things we've done and of all the things we should have done, but didn't.

Chickens coming home to roost.  Paying the piper.  Email me some more cliches, if you have them.

It turns out, though that this banquet of consequences works collectively as well as individually.  It applies to groups of friends, fraternities and nations, alike.  In today's world, those consequences can be deadly.

For the remainder of this discussion, keep the following two facts in mind:

1.  Islam is a conquering religion that rejects any coexistence with other religions.
2.  Muslims only need to be a 10-20 percent of a country's population (even less) to try to turn it into a sharia state, as it's evident by just looking at a map of the world.

In 1968 the French population was 49.7 million people. Muslims in France were 610,000 or 1.23% of the population.

In 1988 the French population was 56 million. Muslims in France were 2,000,000 or 3.6% of the population.

In 2009 the French population was 67 million. Muslims in France were 8,000,000 or 11.94%.

These are official figures, which are likely to underestimate the real number of Muslims.

Perhaps it is unkind to say that the shootings at Charlie Hebdo are just the beginning of France sitting down to a banquet of her consequences.  But it would be more unkind to let this moment slip past us with our eyes closed.

In 1995, French president Jacques Chirac, pronounced that he recognized France’s responsibility in the persecution of Jews during the Second World War.

It's been a cruel twist of fate for the French that they allowed the deportation of the Jews to appease the Nazis, then accepted the immigration of the Muslims to appease themselves.

Consequences.  You just can't escape them.

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