Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasis
The body count keeps mounting, despite what all the Islamic apologists say:
Updated at 10:58 a.m. ET: TOULOUSE, France -- An Islamist extremist who is believed to have killed seven people in France died Thursday after a shootout with police, officials said.
Interior Minister Claude Gueant said that Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old French citizen of Algerian origin who had allegedly confessed to killing three Jewish children and four adults, was hiding in a bathroom when special forces officers raided his ground-floor apartment.
Merah leapt out a window with a weapon in his hand after "shooting madly" at police who were attempting to end the 32-hour standoff, Gueant added.
The Paris prosecutor in charge of investigation told NBC News police found the video camera he used to film all three attacks and described the footage they found as "very graphic."
Merah was found dead outside his home, Gueant said. Police union sources also confirmed Merah's death, with local prosecutors also saying he had been shot in the head.
Gueant said that two officers were injured during the operation.
Merah told negotiators he killed three soldiers, three Jewish children and a rabbi to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children and because of French army involvement in Afghanistan.
Authorities said Merah, who claimed to have received training from al-Qaida, was believed to have a weapons cache in the apartment including an Uzi and a Kalashnikov assault rifle.
I find this sort of thing frightening, inasmuch as it occurs all too frequently over the last decade. There has been a constant barrage of bad press – and it’s far too easy to say, “Oh, but the press only shows the bad shit”, because it’s reached a saturation point where only the most deluded of delusionists would mouth the empty platitude that “it’s only a few crazies making the religion look bad”. Especially since the religion is mostly composed of crazies (as most of them are).
Another ominous foreshadowing, is the Wiki entry on this lunatic:
He was known to French authorities because he had traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was unemployed at the time of the shootings, after having worked as a coachbuilder. Merah had a long record as a juvenile delinquent with 15 convictions, according to a regional French prosecutor. First arrested in 2005, he served two short prison terms in 2007 and 2009. His convictions reportedly included thefts and driving offences.
The major inference here, is that he couldn’t really afford an Uzi and a Kalashnikov, let alone the bullets. There will be no doubt that there will be a great deal of analysis (how many hours is anyone’s guess, but it’ll be too much) as to the whys and wherefores and how-comes – it’ll likely be attributed to terrorists, oh, them poor Muslims getting blamed for a lone nut, etc, etc, et al.
The underlying problem is that there are too many savages in all our societies, Western or otherwise, and religion is just another excuse, another umbrella for the wackjobs to hide under. Until the numbers get too huge to ignore.
Till the next post, then.