Mark Steyn: From Neo Nazi to Mohammed, the Four Stages of the 'Lone Wolf' Jihadist…

Lather, Rinse, and Repeat

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 byChrisman 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.

Michael Coren & the Killer Mohammed

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 othercard-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.

Look, pace Ed West, isn’t it just a teensy-weensy little bit to do with Islam? Or at any rate the internal contradictions of one-way multiculturalism? No, it’s not a competition. Most times in today’s Europe, the guys beating, burning and killing Jews will be Muslims. Once in a while, it will be somebody else killing the schoolkids. But is it so hard to acknowledge that rapid, transformative, mass Muslim immigration might not be the most obvious aid to social tranquility? That it might possibly pose challenges that would otherwise not have existed — for uncovered women in Oslo, for gays in Amsterdam, for Jews everywhere? Is it so difficult to wonder if, for these and other groups living in a long-shot social experiment devised by their rulers, the price of putting an Islamic crescent in the diversity quilt might be too high? What’s left of Jewish life in Europe is being extinguished remorselessly, one vandalized cemetery, one subway attack at a time. How many Jewish children will be at that school in Toulouse a decade hence? A society that becomes more Muslim eventually becomes less everything else. What is happening on the Continent is tragic, in part because it was entirely unnecessary.

4 thoughts on “Mark Steyn: From Neo Nazi to Mohammed, the Four Stages of the 'Lone Wolf' Jihadist…”

  1. The ever sad thing about this is that within a week or month this will all be forgotten till the next installment.

    Remember what happened to the Fogle family in Itamar remember before that, Beslan. Sadly until something starts to happen it’s going to be a case of the same old, same old.

    While no doubt many Muslim families will be rejoicing at whats happened i’ll pray for the departed and mourn for them.

  2. “The backlash that never happens.”

    Actually, backlashes are happening all the time.
    In Germany there will be a backlash very soon – a dirty potato (muslim-speak for German kufir) stabbed a muslim to death, merely because this innocent muslim, with approx. 19 friends and comrades, was attacking him at his home.

    Since the man-made-non-shariah courts of that area failed to appreciate the gravity of the act and actually let the man off on a ‘self-defense’ plea, some 3000 of the man’s closest family and friends are threatening reprisals, all according to script.

    They can as little understand the LACK of backlash, as the MSM can understand the umma.

  3. “Once and for all, there were NO Jews killed in France last week or ever! This is all Jewish media-driven propaganda to create a cover story for going after an innocent defenseless Muslim schoolboy, creating a scandalous spectacle in the process. You kafirs have it coming I tell you, and since you are all so gullible, I do have a gas station I’d like to sell…” – Mohammedan supremicist

    Really? You seem terribly misguided. –

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