21 March, 2012
And now we learn that a suspect has been located and beseiged in Toulouse. It's early hours yet, of course, and it could all turn out to be a ghastly mistake or some kind of New World Order™ conspiracy, natch, but our man would appear to be
- a French citizen of Algerian Maghrebin heritage
- a Muslim of Salafist persuasion
- claims to be an associate of Al-Qaeda
- has been to Pakistan and Afghanistan and was apparently "arrested" at the latter location
One awaits developments. An apology for their despicable opportunism by the rabid Righteous would be nice, but I shan't be, as they say, holding my breath.
... Breaking News. Free box of Kleenex with every copy of tomorrow's Guardian ...
Update (08:50) Chummy's name confirmed to be Mohammed Merah. The French equivalent of John Smith, then.
That was certainly the way Sky News was starting to go as the implications of Chummy's identity began to sink in. Talk of politicians pandering to the anti-immigrant right. Quotes from Imams saying don't tar all Muslims with the same brush, etc, etc.
In the article (taken from the Daily Telegraph) the alleged link is that the gunman had a type of comera that 'was thought' to be the same type that was recommended in Breivik's manifesto.
And this incredibly tenuous link and a huge leap of logic puts a photo of Breivik on the article?
Good thing we have journalists to protect us from actually thinking.
I am sure a new TV would have helped me see all the information from this responsible news deliverer.
What got me was that the silent protest march against the killings, planned for this weekend before the killers identity was known, has been cancelled.
And without a shred of irony "...the media speculated that a crazed neo-nazi, perhaps an ex-paratrooper, was behind the attacks ..."