Topic: Decline of the West
As I expected, the gunman who murdered three French soldiers recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, three Jewish children and a rabbi has turned out to be an Islamofascist terrorist.
Mohammed Merah is a French national of Algerian origin. He has spent at least a couple of years in Afghanistan and Pakistan. French government sources say that he’s been under police surveillance for some time—good job there, guys.
What I found particularly interesting about this story was the media’s reflexive attempt to pooh-pooh a Muslim connection. Instead of doing the responsible thing—refraining from speculation in the absence of facts—the press immediately began to speculate that the killings were the work of a neo-Nazi assassin. That there was no evidence to support this notion, and considerable reason to think that the shooter was probably a Muslim, mattered not at all.
There was also this note of macabre hilarity:
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad strongly rejected using his people as a justification for the French killings, calling them a "cowardly terrorist attack."
"It is time for those criminals to stop exploiting the name of Palestine through their terrorist actions," Fayyad said in a statement.
Pretty cheeky, considering the source!
And finally, there’s this prize specimen of journalistic buffoonery from the (UK) Telegraph’s Ed West:
It’s easy to get it wrong because so many of the world’s varied extremists, whatever their motivation and however much they might hate each other, focus their anger and loathing on similar targets—the state, the city, modernity, capitalism, and the one group who embody all these complicating, unsettling changes in the minds of lonely, failed young men—Jews. People often make the wrong call because that’s what they want to believe, because it fits into their narrative. The recent shootings in Toulouse are a case in point. Many people kill in the name of jihad but they do not represent Islam or Muslims, the vast majority of whom will be horrified by the Toulouse killings. It is not religion that turns some young Muslim men in the West violent, but the sense of alienation and frustration that inevitably comes from being a second-generation immigrant.
Oh, baloney. To be rudely frank, I don’t believe that “the vast majority” of Muslims will be “horrified” by the killing of Jews. Since when, Ed?