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The Paris Attacks: Was the Date Symbolic?

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I generally try to focus my blog posts on books, poems, stories, and comics, but since the bulk of my reading over the past 10 hours has focused on the tragic events in Paris, I suppose I should share my thoughts.

First off, my thoughts and prayers are with the people of France, the victims, and their families. It pains me to think of what they must be going through.

Next, I would like to point out something that was obvious to me. This attack happened on Friday the 13th. I’m not superstitious, but I also do not believe in coincidences. It would not surprise me if the assaults were orchestrated to happen on this day for symbolic reasons.

If ISIS was behind this attack, and it seems likely that they were, we should consider that they labeled the French as infidels. During the Crusades, France sent the Knights Templar to the Holy Land to fight the Muslims. Afterwards, King Philip, fearing the power of the Templars, orchestrated the arrest and subsequent torture and execution of the Knights Templar on Friday the 13th, 1307. I hate to sound like a conspiracy nut, but the parallel gives me pause. If this was a planned and orchestrated attack, then I can only assume that the perpetrators chose a date that would hold symbolic meaning and would be easily remembered, just as the 9/11 date for the attack on the World Trade Center.

I want to close by reiterating that my thoughts and prayers are with France. My heart goes out to the people there.

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The X-Files Season 10 Comic: Issue #15

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This issue concludes the five-part “Pilgrims” mini-series. It was a welcome installment after what I felt was a weak issue last month (click here for my review of issue 14). The writers were able to pull the storyline back together, answering some questions, and leaving some things unanswered, which is nothing more than what I would expect from the X-Files.

There is some interesting passing of consciousness and memories between incarnations of characters which I found quite interesting. This is somehow connected to alien abduction and some secret government experiments. Krychek and the smoking man both seem to have doppelgangers of sorts and parts of their memory is passed between these incarnations. I for one have always believed that while the flesh is temporary, it is consciousness which is eternal. I’m hoping this gets explored further in subsequent issues.

There was a nice touch at one point, where the smoking man is guiding Krychek in an attempt to spark his memory. Krychek remembers being taken to a secret facility where something was done to him, in a room marked 1013. Ten Thirteen is Chris Carter’s production company. It is named so for Chris Carter’s birthday, which is October 13. Friday, October 13, 1307 was also the date that the Knights Templar were arrested. Anyway, I thought that was a nice touch.

Next month begins a new chapter in the X-Files saga: “Immaculate Conceptions.” I look forward to it.

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