I think Pope Francis has best described the Paris attacks--"a piece" of a "piecemeal Third World War."
I noticed that the evening TV news covered the Pope's remarks focusing on his condemnation but ignoring the part linked above. I have noticed another phenomenon that hasn't received any attention by the media: the terrorists have successfully shifted the focus from their terrorism to our "war on Islam." No matter how our leaders insist that we aren't fighting Islam the appearance now is that we are. And some over here help solidify that impression. "Terrorism" here is almost always applied exclusively to actions by Muslims. Just as the term "hate crime" is almost always applied to white violence against blacks. Our media's use of those terms erases the fact that Christians can commit acts of terrorism or that blacks can commit violence because they hate.