Saturday, July 23, 2016

More on the Munich Shooter's "Motive"

Robert Spencer writes:
The Munich shooter’s motive is completely unclear, because we don’t yet know if he was teased in school or on the job, or if he had trouble getting a job in the first place, or if he had psychological problems, or if he was a brooding loner who always left his moderate Muslim friends disquieted – the only thing we do know is that he couldn’t possibly have been motivated by a religion that exhorts its adherents to “slay them wherever you find them” (cf. Qur’an 2:191, 4:89, 9:5). 
No, none of that is true, and one wonders if even the European and North American political and media elites believe in their own nonsense anymore. The Munich mass murderer was motivated by Islam, pure and simple – by its teachings of warfare against unbelievers and the necessity to subjugate them. His war cry of “Allahu akbar,” revered by jihadis for its power to “strike terror in the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60), demonstrates that. 
"Teased in school or on the job"--ding ding ding ding ding!

Munich Redux

Roger L. Simon has some thoughts on Munich (and Munich):
Munich — déjà vu all over again. 
It's a while ago, 1972, that Palestinian terrorists massacred 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympics in that city, but that particular monstrosity came back into the news as recently as December 2015 with the release of a documentary far more potent than the pallid Steven Spielberg film on the subject. Apparently, the terrorists tortured the athletes before killing them, going so far as to castrate one in front of his teammates. (Spielberg and Tony Kushner, creepily, tried to make the Israeli revenge the moral equivalent of the Palestinians' atrocities. Well, ignorance is bliss, I suppose.) 
These and other horrifying details had been covered up for years by the German police — an interesting fact to ponder as we watch what is transpiring now and listen to the reports. As of now we know the new Munich killer was an 18-year old German-Iranian (some reports just say Iranian) who, according to at least one witness, a Muslim woman, yelled "Allahu Akbar" as he sprayed people with bullets; many were children. Early speculation he may have been a right-wing extremist appears to have faded.  A particularly scary report from the Daily Mail says police are investigating a fake ad on Facebook advertising free food at McDonald's. The killer stood in front of a McDonald's when he fired. Jihadi groups have advised killing children first because it inflicts the greatest pain on the community. Who knows where this will lead? 
Simon has already answered that question. It will lead--undoubtedly and inexorably--to more equivocation and muddying the (Islamist) waters by those in positions of authority, as Simon reiterates here:
Our leaders, as we have been reminded in the last few days from France, tend to be tardy about informing the public on what actually is happening during terror incidents, often bowdlerizing or misdirecting the truth for dubious ends. The monster of Nice, we were told, was a loner only recently converted to radical Islam (and therefore somehow exonerated), when it turned out he and his Islamist co-conspirators had been meticulously planning their mass-murdering truck attack for months. 
Oh, well. So it was in Nice and Paris and San Bernardino, so it was in Munich then and now — homicidal rage generated by sick religious ideology.

It Was a Jihadi Again, Media People. Deal With It

The media so wanted it to be an attack by an immigrant-hating "right winger." Again and again yesterday afternoon, on both CNN and Fox News, they kept mentioning that yesterday was the fifth "anniversary" of the Anders Breivik massacre, an occasion that an immigrant-hating "right winger" might wish to commemorate--supposedly--by shooting kids at a McDonald's in Munich.

"Experts" were trotted out who said that it seemed to be shaping up as some sort of "right-wing" attack, and Fox anchor Shepard Smith, for one, was convinced that that's what it was.

Naturally, an eye-witness, a Muslim woman, cast doubt on that scenario when she said she heard the gunman holler the traditional jihadi war cry as he opened fire, specifically targeting children.

Even with the obligatory "Allahu Akbar," analysts remain baffled--yes, baffled!--as to what his motivation could possibly be.

Well, at least we know that an Anders Breivik-like grudge has now been ruled out.


Or maybe not.

Update: They're saying he was "deranged," but he had wits enough about him to hack into a young woman's Facebook page and lure the unsuspecting to that McDonalds with the promise of free food.

Crazy like a "lone wolf," no?

Update: He was "depressed." (Don't most depressed people amass huge quantities of ammo and lure people to certain death at a fast food joint that's synonymous with America?)

Thankfully, He Didn't Add Insult to Injury By Singing "You've Got a Friend"

John Kerry visits Americans wounded in Nice attack

Friday, July 22, 2016

Terrorists Blast Through Obama's Sang Froid Once Again

In yet another display of his flawless timing, no sooner had Barack Obama assured Americans that, pace Donald Trump's speech last night, there was nothing to fear but fear itself news was breaking of an apparent terrorist incident unfolding at the softest of targets--a large shopping mall in Munich, Germany.

CNN is reporting that the shooting began at a McDonald's.

It is interesting to note that the mall is across the street from the stadium built for the Munich Olympics, the 1972 games that are infamous for the terrorist incident which took the lives of 11 Israeli athletes.

The Germans, like the French, used to be under the impression that the jihad against the Jewish state was different than the jihad being waged against the rest of the infidel world (if, indeed, they bothered to acknowledge the reality of the global jihad at all). They are now learning to their horror that that couldn't be farther from the truth and that, in a very real sense, all infidels--and, certainly, all Europeans--are now Israelis.

Now That He's In Hot Water, Publisher of London, Ontario Arabic Magazine Tries to Distance Himself From Holocaust-Denying Editorial In, Um, His Own Rag

Of course, the feat is much easier said than done (my bolds):
Condemnation is raining down on an Arabic magazine in London after it published a column questioning the Holocaust, the Nazi murder of six million Jews during the Second World War. 
But while the London police hate crime unit is investigating, and a national Jewish group urged Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government — an advertiser in the publication — to distance itself from the monthly Al Saraha, its publisher says he was unaware of the facts and apologizes to Jewish people. 
“I didn’t mean to reject something that happened historically,” Abdul Haidi Shala, speaking in Arabic translated into English, told The London Free Press on Thursday. 
“I was curious to know why Hitler killed Jews during the Holocaust, so I read through his article and I found information,” the publisher said. 
“I don’t know. History knows,” he said. “I believe in the correct history. If someone told me the correct history was 10 million or 20 million people died, then I’ll believe it as long as it’s correct history.”...
Shala, the magazine’s owner and general manager, said he didn’t know that the facts in the piece, which he said was written by an Egyptian journalist for another publication, were incorrect.
Epic fail, dude!

Update: The non-fact-checking publisher doesn't acquit himself any better when interviewed by the CBC:
The magazine's publisher Abdul Hadi Shala said he meant no harm when he selected the article, which was first published in an Egyptian newspaper. He maintains he does not share the editorial stance of the author. 
"The opinion here is the writer only, not my opinion," he told CBC News.

A crucial point to make here: the Ontario government, which had previously advertised in this publication, including in the issue in which this Holocaust editorial (one which, BTW, is fully in line with Arab/Muslim consensus on the subject) appeared, is now saying all the right things:
Angry reaction came from across the province Thursday, including from Ontario Deputy Premier Deb Matthews. 
"I want to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the statements in the Al-Saraha article," she said. "Statements like these, filled with hatred, prejudice and lies, have no place in our society." 
Matthews says, neither she nor the premier knew the article would be published when they bought advertising space in the magazine. Matthews says the advertising will stop.
 That's swell, Deb. As is this info:
Until yesterday, the City of  London's immigration portal linked to the digital edition of the magazine, but the link has been removed.
Wouldn't it be even better, though, if both these governments could get an Arabic speaker (Jonathan Halevi, perhaps?) to vet such publications before having any dealings with them?

Me Being Facetious

There's an article in the National Post about the high "cost of schmoozing." It details some of the expenses that accrue when federal or provincial elected officials get together, including the fact that "190 MPs charged the House of Commons for Tim Hortons in fiscal 2016, to the tune of almost $14,000."

What's the big deal?  After all, isn't all the "wining, dining and Tim Hortons," like Justin Trudeau's new Canada Child Benefit Income Redistribution scheme (which is expected to cost already over-burdened taxpayers a whopping $22.4 billion), really just a way to "stimulate the economy"?

Foreign Policy-Wise, Is Trump Merely Barack Obama With Bad Hair?

Jonathan S. Tobin writes:
[Trump's] populist followers and the tame conservatives who have latched onto him because of partisan loyalties claim to despise President Obama. But the sad truth is that Trump’s vision of America is far more in tune with that of the man he wishes to replace in the White House than of Reagan or Jeanne Kirkpatrick. Trump’s supporters are gulled by his braggadocio into thinking he’s a breath of fresh air but, in fact, he is anything but. If Trump is not apologizing for what he sees as a flawed America, much like Obama, he lacks confidence in the strength and the transcendent importance of our values. Like Obama, he is also determined to withdraw from the world. He speaks of defeating ISIS but like Obama, he also makes it clear he has no intention of committing the resources to that fight.
Also highly disconcerting is Trump's admiration for such WWE champions as Vladimir Putin and Artie Erdogan, an affinity which can't help but reveal the candidate's authoritarian tendencies. (As well, high-fiving Islamist Artie for his recent triumph shows that, while Trump may not be stupid, he is shockingly, even dangerously, ignorant.)

To Canada's Orwellian Refugee Gate-Keepers, All Refugees Are Equal, But Some Refugees Are More Equal Than Others

Justin's Trudeaupian Canada lets in semi-vetted Muslim Syrian "refugees" by the thousands but insists on sending the gay, Christian grandson of Hamas's founder back from whence he came to certain death (the sharia punishment for the "crime" of gayness). Luckily, the young man was able to find refuge in the U.S.

Something very askew there, don't you think?

Hillary's Email Hanky-Panky: Comey Was OK With It; Hitler, Not So Much

Jihad Is Jihad Is Jihad

Jew-hate makes you stupid; so stupid, in fact, that it can lead you to believe that the jihadis who attack you and the ones who attack Israel are entirely different. And, as Evelyn Gordon writes re a newly released EU report on terrorism in Israel (it was written last year but had been suppressed until last week), that idiotic assumption can be deadly:
[The report concluded that] the attacks were due to “the Israeli occupation . . . and a long-standing policy of political, economic, and social marginalization of Palestinians in Jerusalem,” to “deep frustration among Palestinians over the effects of the occupation, and a lack of hope that a negotiated solution can bring it to an end.” This, the report asserted, was “the heart of the matter”; factors like rampant Palestinian incitement and widespread Islamist sentiment, if they were mentioned at all, were evidently dismissed as unimportant. 
The report’s first implication is obvious: if Palestinian attacks stem primarily from “the occupation,” there’s no reason to think anything similar could happen in Europe, which isn’t occupying anyone. Consequently, there’s also no need to learn from Israel’s methods of dealing with such attacks. . . . 
[H]ad EU diplomats understood the major role played by Palestinian incitement—for instance, the endless Internet memes urging Palestinians to stab, run over, and otherwise kill Jews, complete with detailed instructions on how to do so—they might have realized that similar propaganda put out by Islamic State, urging people to use similar techniques against Westerners, could have a similar effect.
They might also have prevented that horrific attack in Nice. But the stupid EUnuchs, those refined and superior beings, are wed to their comforting delusions about Israel (which they despise), Muslims (whom they adore, primarily for being "victims" of Western "colonialists") and the jihad (which they comprehend not at all).