Written by Yedidya Atlas
When in doubt, kill a Jew. That seems to be the de rigueur thing to do. After all, even after a cold-blooded and ruthless radical Muslim killer deliberately takes a sub-machine gun and mows down three small Jewish children and a young rabbi-teacher in front of a Jewish day school in Toulouse, France, no one seems capable of just saying that an extremist Muslim murdered three Jews because they were Jews.
When in doubt, kill a Jew. That seems to be the de rigueur thing to do. After all, even after a cold-blooded and ruthless radical Muslim killer deliberately takes a sub-machine gun and mows down three small Jewish children and a young rabbi-teacher in front of a Jewish day school in Toulouse, France, no one seems capable of just saying that an extremist Muslim murdered four Jews because they were Jews.
No. If it comes to Muslims killing Jews, and not merely Jews, but even targeting small school children, there are always mitigating circumstances. There is always a perspective with which to view this act of terrorist murder that begs us to “understand” why this person was “driven” to carry out these horrible acts. He is at fault, but not entirely, since he was “driven” to it by circumstances beyond his control. In brief, the murderer is a victim too.
A blatant example is The Washington Post Editorial Board that issued their official diagnoses in their editorial of March 22nd: “French Attacks Highlight the Country’s Immigrant Challenge.” In other words, the problem just isn’t an Islamic jihadist killing Jewish school children in cold blood, it is a social issue.
The socially challenged Islamic killer, 24 year old Mohammed Merah, attacked the Jewish Otzar Hatorah day school in
French journalist Michel Gurfinkiel, founder and president of the Paris-based think-tank the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute, reported: “According to various sources, Merah is primarily a thief who grew radicalized by jihadists while incarcerated. After jail he traveled to Pakistan and possibly Afghanistan, where he received first class combat training……. his systematic murders of French soldiers (especially Muslim French soldiers, seen as renegades) and Jews (including children) fit with jihadist and al-Qaeda ideology, strategy, and tactics.”
But for The Washington Post, facts are not enough. Merah, “a French citizen of Algerian extraction…. said he had traveled more than once to
The editorial continues: “When he returned to
No matter. Mr. Merah, the poor victim of French immigration policy, who was influenced by these 15 extremists (and perhaps during his combat and bomb making training in al-Qaeda/Taliban training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan), also, according to The Post’s editorial: “also managed to accumulate weapons, including rifles, material for bombs and the .45-caliber handgun with which he allegedly executed the soldiers as well as three French-Israeli children and a rabbi.” There is no assumption that he was deliberately one of these extremists and that they comprised a terrorist cell.
Now, a simple review of the facts might lead one to believe that Mohammad Merah was a radical Muslim terrorist trained by al-Qaeda and the Taliban, who carried out his jihadi training and ideology and murdered, first several French-Muslim soldiers and then followed up with the daylight massacre of Jewish school children. But let’s not jump to conclusions.
True, he did all these things, but it is the reason he did them is what is important. After all, the Post editorial reminds us:
“In fact, Mr. Sarkozy’s government has not done enough to improve conditions for young French Muslims who often live in immigrant ghettos. Mr. Merah reportedly told the police besieging him that his killings were meant as revenge for the ban on the public use of the Islamic veil, which was supported by Mr. Sarkozy. Though such policies don’t explain or excuse the attacks, more discrimination against Muslim communities is hardly the right response.”
A rational person might read the qualifying words: “Though such policies don’t explain or excuse the attacks” and wonder if indeed that is the case, why write the rest of the paragraph unless one is trying to offer extenuating circumstances for acts that have none, by criticizing French government policy as if there is a justifying connection.
Had a French-Israeli Jew rode his motorcycle down to a Muslim Arab school in Toulouse, and deliberately and cold-bloodedly opened fire on young school children from point-blank range, one sincerely doubts whether The Washington Post’s Editorial Board would be offering the same sort of mitigating pontification.
While it is certain that the members of The Washington Post Editorial Board condemn the vicious killings in
The author is a veteran journalist specializing in geo-political and geo-strategic affairs in the