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‘Allahu Akbar’: Muslim Immigrant Decapitates French Teacher

Posted on | October 17, 2020 | No Comments

The Religion of Peace™ strikes again:

A history teacher who had shown caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammed in class was on Friday decapitated and his assailant shot dead by French police as they tried to arrest him, police and prosecutors said.
The attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he was confronted by police, a police source said. The Muslim phrase, meaning “God is Great,” has often been heard in jihadist attacks.
The suspect’s identity was not made public. French media reported that the suspect was an 18-year-old Chechen, born in Moscow. That information could not be immediately confirmed.
French President Emmanuel Macron called the beheading an “Islamist terrorist attack.” . . .
French anti-terror prosecutors said they were investigating the assault which happened on the outskirts of Paris at around 5 p.m. (1500 GMT) near a school in Conflans Saint-Honorine, a western suburb of the French capital.

(Hat-tip: Ed Driscoll at Instapundit.)

Notice that when “right-wing” or “white supremacist” violence occurs, the motive becomes the most important thing about the story, and every politician is expected to denounce the motive, per se. By contrast, when violence is perpetrated by left-wing extremists, by Muslims, or by any protected minority group, the media will never generalize these crimes as representing the collective sentiment of a group, nor is there any political pressure to denounce the attacker’s motive.

In fact, the media will often times bend over backward to humanize terrorists who fit a favored political or ethnic profile, with the suggestion that their motives are legitimate grievances. The media feels compelled to depict certain terrorists (e.g., Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) as sympathetic figures because, they fear, an unsympathetic portrayal of such figures might inspire “backlash” against whatever group the attacker represents. Obversely, when the accused terrorist is white and can plausibly be shown to have a “right-wing” motive, not only is the perpetrator (e.g., Dylann Roof) depicted without sympathy, but the media employ broad-brush smear tactics to imply that similarly hateful sentiments are widespread among white people, and that every vaguely “right-wing” public figure is somehow complicit in the atrocity. The rationale of news coverage in such cases is to inspire prejudice against conservatives, and particularly to incite fear that further “right-wing” violence is likely, requiring renewed efforts to “educate” the ignorant masses.