I usually write about more policy-based or ideological subjects in this space. But I wanted to bring you a story that didn’t get much play in US media.

On the 60th anniversary, I know because I was born while the original event was going on, of the last real prospective military coup in a Western nation, generals in that country, a NATO member, are drawing a line in the sand against Islamist infiltration and agitation.

As opposed to our own increasingly PC military, France still produces guardians of civilization and Western democracy. The London Daily Mail provides details.

Daily Mail: “Twenty retired generals, as well as several serving soldiers, signed the letter which warned that failure to act against the ‘suburban hordes’ – a reference to the predominantly Islamic immigrant population of the housing estates which surround French cities – will lead to deaths ‘in the thousands.’ The government strongly condemned the letter, which was published on the 60th anniversary of a failed coup d’etat by generals opposed to France granting independence to Algeria.

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‘These are unacceptable actions,’ Defence Minister Florence Parly said Monday, adding that serving military members had flouted a law requiring them to remain politically neutral. ‘There will be consequences, naturally,’ Parly said, adding that she had instructed the army chief of staff to discipline them.

“The open letter, published in Valeurs Actuelles, a right-wing magazine, claims a military coup might be necessary to stop a ‘civil war’ in France. Despite condemnation from the government and left-wing parties, Marine Le Pen hailed the letter which was signed by 80 officers, as well as the 20 generals.

Main opposition leader Marine Le Pen said, ‘I invite you to join us in taking part in the coming battle, which is the battle of France,’ she wrote in a response to the letter. Le Pen was widely criticised by her opponents on both the left and right for her overtures to the soldiers behind what the left-wing daily Liberation described as a ‘call to sedition’. The lead signatory was Christian Piquemal, 80, who commanded the Foreign Legion before losing his privileges as a retired officer after being arrested while taking part in an anti-Islam demonstration in 2016.

“It was written by Jean-Pierre Fabre-Bernadac, a former officer, and signed by 1000 others who were in lower ranks. The incendiary letter reads: ‘France is in danger. Several mortal perils threaten her. Even in retirement, we remain soldiers of France and cannot in the present circumstances remain indifferent to the fate of our beautiful country.’ The retired officers claimed that France was ‘disintegrating with the Islamists of the hordes of the banlieue [suburbs] who are detaching large parts of the nation and turning them into territory subject to dogmas contrary to our constitution’.” In many Parisian suburbs French laws have been replaced by Sharia law. Nothing has been done about it.

French writer Jean Francois Revel said in 1985, “Democracy tends to ignore, even deny, threats to its existence because it loathes what is needed to fight them. It wakens only when the danger becomes deadly.” Is France awake? Are we?