If I may interrupt the flow of Celebrity Apartheid Week before this timely topic becomes quickly buried and forgotten by a popular press incredibly disappointed that the culprit was not who they wished it would be.
After a thirty hour stand-off with French police, Mohamed Merah was shot and killed by a sniper. He was pursued after killing- and filming- seven people, including three children.
The killer of French schoolchildren and soldiers turns out to be a man called Mohammed Merah. The story can now proceed according to time-honored tradition:
Stage One: The strange compulsion to assure us that the killer is a “right wing conservative extremist,” in the words of NRO commenter ExpatAsia, echoed by Chrisman and Galt’s Bain. Up north, this view was shared by Canada’s most prominent establishment Jew and the Liberal Party attack poodle Warren Kinsella (whom NR readers may recall from my free-speech cover story, which mentioned the groveling apology he was forced to make to “the Chinese community” after an unfortunately sinophobic cat joke). The insistence that the killer was emblematic of an epidemic of right-wing hate sweeping the planet is, regrettably, no longer operative. Instead, the killer isn’t representative of anything at all.
So on to Stage Two: Okay, he may be called Mohammed but he’s a “lone wolf.” Sure, he says he was trained by al-Qaeda, but what does he know? Don’t worry, folks, he’s just a lone wolf like Major Hasan and Faisal Shahzad and all the other card-carrying members of the Amalgamated Union of Lone Wolves. All jihad is local.
On to Stage Three: Okay, even if there are enough lone wolves around to form their own Radio City Rockette line, it’s still nothing to do with Islam. I’m sad to see the usually perceptive Ed West of the London Telegraph planting his flag on this wobbling blancmange.
And then, of course, Stage Four: The backlash that never happens. Because apparently the really bad thing about actual dead Jews is that it might lead to dead non-Jews: “French Muslims Fear Backlash After Shooting.” Likewise, after Major Hasan’s mountain of dead infidels, “Shooting Raises Fears For Muslims In US Army.” Likewise, after the London Tube slaughter, “British Muslims Fear Repercussions After Tomorrow’s Train Bombing.” Oh, no, wait, that’s a parody, though it’s hard to tell.
There one has it.
Had this been an isolated incident, one could make out that this was a “lone wolf”. But it isn’t.
Are these isolated incidences? Are all of these culprits victims of the West which has given them succour? Are the victims to blame for their tragic end?
I wager this will become a non-story very soon. If the facts don’t fit the narrative, they must be disposed of. It is galling to see that happen but what is truly appalling is how we have let it happen. We have committed cultural suicide by tolerating the intolerably violent and backward nature of Islam and casting the blame on ourselves before we bury ourselves in the sand.
One will notice the gates of Rome have been kicked in.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
How prophetic, Mr. Lincoln.