Jim Wright has produced what I think is an excellent article about the reality underlying the Paris attacks yesterday. In some ways he echoes my own perspective, but he has a rather grittier and more sanguine approach (the latter in the original meaning of 'sanguine', from the French word sang, meaning 'blood'). Here's a brief excerpt.
Terrorism grows like bacteria in warm agar, among the destruction and ruin of war. Terrorism grows in the gaps between civilization. And so what is the plan for after the war? After we’ve blown up the world yet again?
What comes after?
It does you no good to kill cockroaches if you don’t clean up the rot and mess and the filth they live on, if you leave chaos and darkness for them to breed in. More will always come in an unending tide.
So what’s the plan for after?
Paris was caused by Iraq. By Syria. By Afghanistan. By chaos and destruction and because the terrorists had nothing better, literally nothing better, to do with their miserable lives.
Unless we do something about that, then Paris isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning.
There's much more at the link. Highly recommended reading.