This video from the USA says about itself:
American Muslim Reacts To Attack In France
15 July 2016
Thom talks to caller Rachel, who is an American Muslim, about the recent attack in France and why terrorists are criminals who do not represent her religion.
What Rachel says may help to counter Islamophobic propaganda in the corporate media, now after the Nice crime, and already earlier.
However, neither Rachel nor others of the non-violent majority of Muslims have any absolute moral duty to publicly dissociate themselves from the Nice bloodbath; or from ISIS (not connected to the Nice bloodbath according to French police). Like in the case of non-Muslims, the media should presume that they reject this kind of atrocity, unless someone explicitly contradicts that.
When neo-fascist Anders Behring Breivik called himself a ‘conservative Christian’ on the Internet, and then proceeded with his bloodbaths in Oslo and on Utøya island in Norway, I did not hear anyone demand that all ‘conservative Christians’, or all Christians for that matter, should immediately in the sharpest possible way condemn Breivik; or else would be suspect of being accomplices, subject to jailing or deportation.
When Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jew Yishai Schlissel murdered 16-year-old Israeli girl Shira Banki and wounded five others for demonstrating against discrimination of LGBTQ people in Jerusalem, I did not hear anyone demand that all ‘ultra-Orthodox’ Jews, or all Jews for that matter, should immediately in the sharpest possible way condemn Mr Schlissel; or else would be suspect of being accomplices, subject to jailing or deportation (maybe some-anti-Semites demanded that). Many people, including me, would regard such a reaction to Schlissel’s crime as anti-Semitism.
While the crime in Nice is similar in its bloodiness to these two crimes, it is really different ideologically.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the local truck driver who extremely probably was the perpetrator of the bloodbath in Nice, and was shot dead by police, used to drink alcohol.
Translation of what Mr Bouhlel’s next door neighbour said to France 3 TV station:
he is convinced that the attack has nothing to do with Islam. “He has nothing to do with religion, he does not pray, he does not observe Ramadan. He is a depressed man who is in divorce. He lives alone and has financial problems.”
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, Driver In Nice Attack, Wasn’t ‘Stable Psychologically,’ Family Says. The 31-year-old reportedly had no known ties to terror groups: here.
It seems that Mr Bouhlel is rather similar in some ways to the German pilot Andreas Lubitz who committed suicide by flying his plane against a French mountain, killing the passengers and crew. The link of Andreas Lubitz to Christianity, Lutheran Christianity in his case, seems to be a bit stronger than any link between Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel and Islam. As far as I know, not anyone has blamed Mr Lubitz’ suicide cum mass murder on Lutheranism; correctly so. The media should discuss the Nice bloodbath similarly.
On Twitter from Britain today:
Just had to remove graffiti at work that said “KILL ALL MUSLIMS AND CORBYN“.
Letter from Nice: The West is learning all the wrong lessons from the latest atrocity. What we witnessed in Nice was harrowing, and the response only adds to the tragedy: here.
Inside the ghettos, Muslims are fed up with being blamed for the violence of others because of a shared religion. Disaffected young Muslims in Nice insist they share nothing in common with Lahouaiej Bouhlel but they rail against the humiliations they regularly endure because of their religion: here.
Dutch Rob Wijnberg on Nice and other attacks: here.
Munich shooting: Gunman Ali David Sonboly was ‘obsessed’ with mass killings, say police. Authorities believe 18-year-old German-Iranian wanted to mark anniversary of Norway massacre carried out by Anders Breivik: here.
LOCAL authorities in the French city of Nice protested yesterday against an attempted cover-up of government incompetence over last week’s lorry attack. The city received a letter from the SDAT anti-terrorism agency on Wednesday, saying CCTV images of the July 14 attack should be destroyed: here.