Wow, Didn't See That Coming


There was an amusing story in the Wall Street Journal this morning. Not amusing in any mirthful sense, since the story pertained to a rather nasty piece of business, specifically that of the stabbing of a French soldier on a Parisian street last Saturday. Rather, it was an amusing demonstration of the contortions we diversity-benighted fools endure to avoid calling a spade a spade. (Pardon my French).

Two surprising details concerning the arrest. First, the suspect was not a white member of a far-right political group. Second, prosecutors believe he was motivated by radical Islamic beliefs. This is where the amusement starts. “The portrait that emerged from the police description of the suspect, Alexandre Dhaussy, is that of a man whose alleged behavior didn’t raise any of the red flags that police typically monitor in tracking potential terrorists.”

Dhaussy’s sloppy knife work “raises concerns that authorities are facing a new potential type of threat: people without links to extremist groups who suddenly self-radicalize and turn to politically motivated violence.”

This is where the mirthfest descends to laugh riot status. Dhaussy’s “alleged” behaviors which didn’t rise to the level of potential threat included “his participation in a street prayer in 2009, a public display of faith that was often regarded as a violation of laws separating church and state,” and last year when he “made a fuss because he didn’t want to wait for the bus alongside women at a stop.”

In the interest of clarity, the street prayer was a tad more significant than a “public display of faith,” involving large groups of Muslim men blocking busy streets every Friday afternoon to turn them into open air mosques. Rather than a mere public display of faith, the prayers were a blatant attempt to intimidate the multi-culti French state into conceding a form of supremacy to Islam.

Also amusing was the phrase, “made a fuss,” to describe Dhaussy’s displeasure at the sight of women at a bus stop. “Making a fuss” doesn’t usually attract the police. Usually it takes a bit more than that. Like violence or threats thereof, or disturbing the peace in a manner somewhat more dramatic than “making a fuss.” Then again, this is France, where hundreds of Islamist radicals burning thousands of cars on a nightly basis are dismissed as “disgruntled youths.”

Christian Prouteau, former head of one of France’s counterterrorism units explained Dhaussy’s ability to fly under the radar as follows, “You can’t monitor everybody. It would be too expensive and would be rejected as a massive breach of privacy.” Good point, Mr. Prouteau. Maybe you should stick with monitoring people attending certain Mosques, people attempting to force their religious beliefs on others, and young men who turn violent at the sight of independent women.

Why is Islam the only major religion in which, as adherents grow more devout, they become more careless with the lives around them? Though every major faith has a long tradition of adherents embracing Martyrdom, only the Islamic version requires taking innocent bystanders along for the ride.

Until we are willing to have an honest conversation about the Islamist threat, we are condemned to reading about sudden, seemingly random, and usually lethal outbreaks of violence, and some of us will continue to enjoy the tortured positions into which official apologists will twist themselves.