The horrific shootings of soldiers in southwest France, followed by the killings at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in Toulouse, led to a massive manhunt for the killer(s) of seven people.
As of yesterday, we were told that "The massive police manhunt is focusing on far right extremists; including three former soldiers."
Henry Samuel of the Telegraph blamed the killings not just on far-right extremists but the political climate saying we must ask ourselves:
whether politics has anything to do with, if not the shootings themselves, then at least the creation of a climate that could have triggered the acts of a clearly unhinged individual.
In recent days, an unsavoury battle for far-Right votes has erupted between Nicolas Sarkozy, the centre-Right incumbent, and Marine Le Pen, running for the nationalist, anti-immigrant National Front party.
Turns out that the far-right extremist meme may have been in error.
The Associated Press report that was yesterday headlined "French hunt school killer, suspect neo-Nazi ties" now takes you to a story headlined "Report: French police prepare to storm building."
Melanie Phillips at the Daily Mail notes:
Jews throughout the world are all potential targets for attack in a terrifying manifestation of global incitement to murder...
Yet all this is ignored by the mainstream media. Desperate to sanitise Muslim genocidal terrorism and prove that racism and Jew-hatred is confined to white people and the ‘far right’, the media simply did not entertain the possibility that the perpetrator of the French killings might have been a Muslim. So a range of likely perpetrators was canvassed – but they were all variations on white racists.
And even when the perpetrator turned out to be an Islamic terrorist the media were still trying to spin it away, with Sky News stressing the deprivation of the killer and his family and interviewing a French female journalist living in London who claimed that this was ‘an attack against diversity’.
There are many murderous elements in the world today and some of them are unhinged individuals while others kill for political gain of various stripes. It's wise of the media to show restraint before facts are known in a case but sometimes it seems as is they have a rather blatant blind spot when it comes to the possibility of Islamic terrorism.
That the alleged killer claimed to act in "revenge for Palestinian children" is a further reminder that the media need to report more responsibly about the situation in the Middle East.