You can always tell it is Christmas: yet more blood flowing on the streets. Yet more innocent men, women and children mowed down by devout followers of a particular religion. Yet more jihad attacks done in the name of the political ideology known as Islam.
It is becoming all rather predictable. The celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace by his followers each year is marred by the followers of another religion – those who want to see the first group killed or in full submission to their leader.
Thus we now have at least four dead and a dozen injured in yet another European Christmas market attack – this time in Strasbourg, in the east of France. Once again the news reports are humming and hawing as to whether this was a terror attack and whether we should use the “I” word. One news report is saying this:
Four people have died and eleven people have been critically injured after shots were fired close to a Christmas market in Strasbourg, local authorities have confirmed. The incident happened close to a Christmas market in the central square of Strasbourg, Place Kleber.
Police have now said they know the identity of the gunman, who is known to have a criminal record and fled the scene after a shootout, as police tried to arrest him. The suspect had previously been wounded by a soldier close to the Christmas market and has now been cornered by police. It is not yet clear if the market was the target of the attack or if there was any link to terrorism. The alleged killer was identified as Cherif C, following DNA tests and the examination of CCTV images.
Another report is more willing to use the “T” word, but is saying that fewer people were injured:
A shooting in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday killed four people, wounded several others and is being treated as an act of “terror,” police and government officials said, adding that the gunman is on the run. The suspect opened fire in downtown Strasbourg on Orfevre Street around 8 p.m. local time, government authorities Préfet de la région Grand-Est et du Bas-Rhin revealed on Twitter.
The gunman is known to police and has a criminal record, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters. The suspect was shot and wounded before fleeing the scene, police officials told The Associated Press. Authorities attempted to arrest the individual ahead of the shooting, a police official said, but it wasn’t immediately clear why.
But another news report comes closer to identifying the cause of this terror:
A suspected terrorist was on the run last night after killing at least two people and injuring 12 in the eastern French city of Strasbourg near its Christmas market. Shots were reportedly exchanged in a street of the southern district of Neudorf after a manhunt involving police and soldiers but there was no confirmation he had been localised.
French authorities are treating the shooting as a terrorist act after identifying the gunman, named Cherif C, a radicalised 29-year old from the city on a “S” security and terror watch list, thanks to CCTV. Anti-terrorist prosecutors have opened an investigation.
Questions were being raised last night over how the assailant had managed to evade capture yesterday morning. Police were due to arrest him over a botched armed robbery but he had escaped and grenades were found at his home. Hours later, shortly before 8pm, the assailant went on the rampage in Strasbourg’s city centre in the bustling rue des Ofrèvres armed with an automatic pistol and knife.
So he was “radicalised”. I am not aware of Baptists or Quakers radicalising their followers like this. And once again, we have someone on a terror watch list. As Pamela Geller asks, “Tell me again the point of those terror watch lists. To watch them go out and kill people in the cause of Allah?” Yes quite so. The Telegraph article goes on to say this:
But some already started criticising President Emmanuel Macron’s security credentials. “How many terror attacks by those on “S” watchlist do we have to suffer before adapting our law to the fight against terrorism. What are we waiting for to finally wage war to eradicate Islamic fundamentalism that has declared war on us?”, asked Laurent Wauquiez, the Right-wing Republicans party leader.
Far-Right leader Marine Le Pen said: “A radical change must happen as terrorism policy is clearly failing.” France remains on high alert after a wave of attacks commissioned or inspired by Islamic State militants since early 2015, in which about 240 people have been killed.
Yet Western policies of terrorism have often been weak as water – especially when authorities refuse to use the T word, the M word, and the I word. And when they do, they seem intent on making excuses and usually manage to blame the victims.
As long as we seek to placate Islam above all else, and refuse to look after the wellbeing of our own citizens, these jihadist attacks will simply continue, and our Christmases will become times of fear and dread instead of happiness and joy.
The word Islam means to submit, and it is expected that all infidels will do exactly this. And they have only limited options here: submit to Allah, by conversion or dhimmitude, or be killed. Islamic faith is quite clear about this. A good Muslim follows the example of Muhammad in all this.
Christianity on the other hand urges its followers to run with the example of Christ, including praying for your enemies and blessing those who persecute you. The two religions could not be more different. If however it turns out that this radicalised terrorist was indeed a Baptist or a Quaker, I will offer an apology here. But I will not hold my breath.