1. French officer who swapped places with a hostage in terror attack dies – CNN 24.03.2018
A police officer who swapped places with a female hostage during an attack by an ISIS supporter on a supermarket in southern France has died of his wounds, French authorities said.Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, 45, was shot in the neck Friday after offering to take the place of a woman during a gunman’s assault on the Super U supermarket in Trèbes.[…]Last year Beltrame was appointed deputy commander of the anti-terror police in the Aude region.According to the newspaper La Dépêche du Midi, Beltrame led a simulated terror attack in December on a supermarket for training purposes, similar to the one Friday in which he lost his life.
After each attack from the religion that shall not be named, the same ritual is played, the game of apologetics: blame everything except the murderer. At the very least, you should downplay its importance.
That only happens with that religion or movements that are considered to be oppressed, discriminated or otherwise marginalized. It is certainly curious to describe someone who has the power to murder hundreds of people, and scare a superpower into cultural, political, and military submission, as “powerless” but I’m not a leftist, so perhaps I don’t understand it.
I have been following Mufti News for some time, and they always deliver. Pun obviously intended:
Grand Mufti Al Tair ibn La Ahad held a press conference over the weekend at the International Islamic School of the Leap of Faith after hearing news of the Nice Terror attack in which he sends his most sincerest of condolences condemning the senseless violence and loss of lives, he also reminds everyone to be prepared…
[I wrote this post half-sleeping. I have already fixed most of the typos, but the whole text may still feel somewhat disjointed.]
If your reaction to murderous intent or actual murder is affected bewilderment, cosmopolitan goodwill, sentimental grandstanding, or praying for universal love, you have failed at some very basic things that all animals understand. Fight back or flight, but don’t do this:
Love to all? Even to terrorists?
A little context: On May 9, 1978, Catalan businessman José María Butló (born 1900) was kidnapped by members of the Exèrcit Popular Català (Catalan Popular Army,) and the terrorists attached a bomb to his chest. They told him that if he did not pay 500 million pesetas they would detonate the bomb. Also, if he tried to remove the bomb, it would explode. Details are sketchy, but we know he refused to pay and, later, when he was at his home, the bomb exploded. He died.