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Time magazine, at 9:09 p.m. Eastern, posted an article entitled: “5 Facts that Explain the Charlie Hebdo Attack.”
No peeking. Can you guess the nasty five?
Youth unemployment in France is over 24%. As high as that figure may be, another troubling statistic surpasses it. The average person in France believes that 31% of the population is Muslim; in reality, the figure is 7.7%.
Notice that last sentence? According to Time, anti-Muslim sentiment counts as three of the five “facts” that “explain” Wednesday’s massacre. There’s migration:
Rising anti-immigration sentiment in France comes at a time of historic levels of human movement….Frontex, the EU’s border agency, estimates that 270,000 people tried to enter Europe illegally last year, shattering the previous high of 141,000 in 2011, the year of the Arab Spring. In 2014, more than 3,000 migrants died in their attempts to reach Europe.
And of course the all-time most popular go-to, racism:
Approval for Marine Le Pen’s Front National, an anti-EU, anti-immigration party, has steadily risen. In 2010, 18% in France said they agree with the party’s ideas. That number has grown each year since, reaching an all-time high of 34% in the most recent TNS Sofres poll.
I’m not kidding about this one — waiting for a passport:
As of August 2013, France had the third-longest wait time in Europe for immigrants seeking naturalization: an average of 14 years. According to U.S. counterterrorism officials, there are more than 3,000 ISIS recruits believed to hold Western passports.
It’s as if Time thinks that 3,000 ISIS recruits with western passports is too few.
Lastly — and bizarrely — there’s this “fact” that “explains” the attack:
President Francois Hollande’s approval ratings have dipped as low as 12%, the lowest tally ever for a French president. (According to more recent figures, they’ve ‘rebounded’ to 15%). The President has pledged to step down and not seek reelection in 2017 if he can’t curb unemployment. Currently at 11%, the unemployment rate is almost higher than his approval ratings.
Read that one again. Decipher, if you can, how a politician’s approval ratings can explain the murder of 12 people.
And while you’re at it, decipher, if you can, how Time magazine manages to “explain” a terrorist attack by radical Muslims belonging to a worldwide death cult without using the words “terrorist” or “fanatic” or “fundamentalist” or “Wahhabi” or “radical Islamist” or even “Al Qaeda” — despite this, according to the Telegraph:
The terrorists shouted that they were from al Qaeda in Yemen before they launched the brutal attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, according to one witness…
So let me add another “fact” that might “explain” the murderous attack in Paris: the absolute certainty — the justified certainty — by the attackers that the response to their actions by the western media would be, mostly, weasel-worded, terrified, politically correct, cowardly, lickspittle claptrap. That they can go on killing and bombing and shouting whatever they want, and the western media — exemplified by the eunuchs at Time magazine — simply won’t connect the dots.