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December 01, 2005

Ah, the objective press

From the Independent (UK), in an article about a Belgian girl who became a failed suicide bomber:

Western governments have been forced to recognise that the Iraq war and the televised brutal treatment of Muslims has radicalised an entire generation.

Zacarias Moussaoui, a Frenchman of Moroccan origin who is accused of being the 20th hijacker, was a law-abiding student who became an extremist, taking flying lessons with the purported intention of committing mass murder.

Richard Reid, a Briton, has been sentenced for trying to blow up an airliner over the Atlantic in December 2001. Reid, from Bromley, south-east London, converted to Islam in prison, where he was serving a sentence for mugging. He and Moussaoui attended the radical Finsbury Park mosque.

Yes, it's quite obvious that the Iraq war and the televised "brutal" treatment of Muslims were responsible for "radicalising" Moussaoui and Reid, because both men are possessed of superhuman powers which enable them to see through time and thus they were able to forecast these events long in advance of their occurrence.

"Brutal" gets scare quotes (TM Reuters) because brutality is relative and quite frankly Muslims in Iraq have received much more brutal treatment at the hands of their "radicalized" brothers than they ever got from Westerners. "Radicalising" gets scare quotes because it's an interesting way of euphemizing "turned into psychopathic wannabe mass murderers." Somehow the brutal treatment of Nick Berg has failed to radicalize Westerners to that extent.

The Independent seeks the cause of the 37-year-old "girl next door's" suicide, and finds it.

By now Degauque was unemployed and at risk of losing her state benefits.

Yes, if only the Belgian government hadn't been quite so stingy with its largesse, Degauque may never have fallen under the thrall of the man who induced her to blow herself (and only herself, thank goodness) up. The man was, purely incidentally and coincidentally, a Muslim, but I'm sure that had nothing to do with anything, except to the extent that he was motivated to avenge his brethren who suffered the indignity of being posed for photographs with panties on their heads.

I'm tempted to say that with friends like these we don't need enemies, but it should be plain that the Independent and their compadres in the American press are no friends of the West.

Update: Welcome visitors from Pajamas Media. My first link from them, I'm so proud :)

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