Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher Respond to Paris Terror Attacks

Paris Attacks: Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher,
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Many of the late-night hosts were off last night, but those who were on duty weighed on with their thoughts on the terrorists attacks in Paris.

“The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert got emotional at the end of his show, when he used his final segment to address the day’s events.

“Folks, we end tonight’s show with a heavy heart because we taped all of tonight’s show, and then we found out about the horrific attacks in Paris today,” said a visibly shaken Colbert.

“I know that not much is known right now, but we do know that there have been many deaths, the crisis is still ongoing. President Hollande has declared a state of emergency, and President Obama has promised the United States will do whatever it takes to bring the terrorists to justice.”

“We add our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Paris, and now we’ll see you on Monday. Good night.”

Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” didn’t address the Paris terror attacks. Many shows do not air new episodes on Fridays, including “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

Bill Maher, whose HBO series “Real Time” goes live at 10 p.m., opened his show by saying, “Before we get to the hilarity … I just want to say one thing to the people of Paris…” He then sang a bar from “La Marseillaise,” the French national anthem, before adding that it was his way of saying, “We’re with you.”

Maher’s first guest was Asra Nomani, the author of “Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam.” She has been outspoken on Muslim reform and women’s rights, and Maher devoted a great deal of the interview to repeat what he has said before, that liberals are too timid to criticize radical Islam, in particular Sharia law, for fear of appearing intolerant. That was the topic of a fierce debate last year on the show between Maher and Ben Affleck.

“Maybe it is a small percentage who carry out terrorist acts, but is not a small percentage who believe in some of the illiberal ideas that support terrorists,” he said.

The attacks were discussed further with a panel that included Jay Leno, Dylan Ratigan and Michael Steele. Maher’s question was, “Why do they hate us?”

One of the issues discussed was why more Middle Eastern countries have not stepped up to fight ISIS.

“This is a different dynamic,” Steele said. “This is a different war. This a different level of engagement as we have seen in Paris tonight, as we have seen in Boston for example. It’s a home-grown thing that is very difficult.”

“But bombing them over there is what is causing the Paris thing to happen,” Maher said. “That connection needs to be made. We don’t need to be bombing them there.”

“We don’t need to be bombing them,” Ratigan said. “It doesn’t have to be us.”

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  1. BillUSA says:

    Terrorism will always be a threat, but I find it amazing how acts such as the one that just occurred in Paris can be carried out today, considering what we know and the technological capabilities at the disposal of law enforcement.

    All nations should combine their resources to drive ISIS back to the Stone Age. But we try to be too gentle these days. So don’t count me among those who are astonished that a tragedy like Paris can occur. Our passivity almost begs for it.

    My prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.

    • c37205 says:

      Hear, hear. I’m a red-under-the-bed progressive, and I’m usually no warmonger, but damn – I’m all for turning the Former Syria [read: ISIS territory] into a glass parking lot. Sanders is right: the other predominantly Muslim countries have got to step up to the plate and make room for refugees, and add soldiers and military might to the fight against ISIS. It can’t be Jordan alone – they’ve already taken in close to 3 million refugees between 2011 and 2015.

  2. Don Matson says:

    Terrorism is as old as mankind. Moses was probably the world’s first documented terrorist and God’s own word directing Moses killing of Midianites a war crime today.

    Numbers 31, Moses and Jewish killing the Midianites
    31:2 Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.

    31:4 Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye send to the war.

    31:5 So there were delivered out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.

    31:7 And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD commanded Moses; and they slew all the males.

    31:9 And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods.

    31:17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.

    31:18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

  3. “Why do they hate us?” Because we give $3B+ a year to Israel, when they’re already the toughest guy on the block. Go against them and your countries interest rates go up, sanctions, you name it. The only countries that don’t allow Rothschild central banks? Cuba, N. Korea, Iran, Russia, China – the “bad guys”. 10 years ago Afghanistan and Iraq were on that list… along with Libya and Sudan… and Syria. Pattern?

  4. GKN says:

    I don’t entirely disagree with Maher’s points, but he keeps forgetting, or ignoring, what the experts say: that many of these ISIS “recruits” are American and European kids, totally clueless about Islam. Just angry disenfranchised kids who want to shoot people, or reproduce what they constantly play in video games. In fact, some of them recruiters have sneeringly admitted that they prefer that – that the kids be so clueless and naive. Apparently real Muslim kids are more likely to challenge them about what the Koran says.

    But of course it’s far more comfortable to lapse into racism and pumping our chests over our own religions than to think about what letting those games babysit our kids their entire lives might do to them.

  5. rocco says:

    JuJu and Matthew and Matty – get down to the local Army center and enlist. Get all your buddies too. You think Obama’s not doing anything – you can do something. Enlist and go fight instead of sitting at your computer posting comments.

  6. Lucas Cole says:

    Get serious people. France says it is at war and its borders are closed. Their importation of Muslims has suddenly ceased. If at war, then bombing ISIS is not an option–it is a requirement. We better wake up before a dirty bomb is walked across our border and detonated.

  7. Matthy says:

    Yes, these two are EXACTLY who I need to hear from in a murder crisis.

  8. Bill says:

    WTH? moehamheadans have been attacking us since this country’s inception. It is what they do. There is nothing good in moehamheadism, and these type of attacks will not stop.

  9. Matthew says:

    Obama does nothing, as usual.

    • Dania says:

      He’s been actually doing stuff unlike you.

    • Jacques Strappe says:

      He has been killing off the terrorist leaders. Hardly “nothing” a hole. Crawl back under your rock, puhl-eeze

      • Lucy Gold says:

        Killing off terrorist leaders? Killing a dozen “leaders” with drones while sitting on the world’s greatest army, releasing 5 terrorists into their own pockets of hate for one American traitor soldier, and bringing onto US soil 200,000 Syrians Muslims whose religions says to lie, mislead and then kill any nonMuslims is really getting the job done, right? You make me sick with your blind devotion to a man that clearly hates America.

      • JuJU says:

        Under the same rock as all the Obama defenders? You are too politically correct or too stupid, or both to realize Obama is your enemy. Instead, you give him money. Wow.

    • Mitt Zombie says:

      Much better than when Bush said God told him to attack Iraq and destabilise the entire region

      You can call for a holy war and make the USA the prime target if you want Jethro….

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