Unspoken aspects of the Toulouse killings

Some unspoken aspects of the Toulouse killings:
1. The target was a Jewish school!  By killing Jewish children the Islamist extremists announce their intention of genocide!   They are not messing around, they intend to kill all Jews, whether in Israel, France or around the world.  Since the first victims were French soldiers of N. African origin, it was thought that the killer was a right wing extremist or fascist. Then it was discovered that he was in fact of Algerian origin himself, although born in France.  But, his actions are the same as the fascists, it makes no difference to us his targets. The Muslim extremists are the inheritors of the European fascist tradition.  Actually, the relationship is quite direct, the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al Husseini, was a follower of Hitler during WWII and recruited a Battalion of Muslim troops, mainly from Bosnia, who fought in the German Army.  The Iraqi regime during WWII was pro-German and carried out an anti-Jewish pogrom in Baghdad called the Farhud in 1941.  The founder of the Arab Ba’ath (renaissance) Party was Michel Aflaq, a Lebanese Christian, who was directly influenced by French fascism.  The Ba’ath party was the party of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and is still that of the Assads in Syria.  Facism is ingrained in the culture of the Arab extremists.
2. The French commando tactics were a failure.  First, they took days to find him, even though he was supposedly on their watch list. Mohammed Merah had been in trouble with the police as a youth, he had served two years in jail and was suspected of rape. He had been to Pakistan and Afghanistan, he bragged that he had received military training there and he was active on Islamist web sites.  Yet, the French deputy PM said today that the Police had no legal justification to arrest him prior to the attacks, and did not do so even after he had killed three French soldiers.  It could have saved lives. Now Pres. Sarkozy has indicated that he will change the law to make it easier to monitor such potential terrorists. During the siege the police also gave him a cell phone in exchange for a hand-gun, very stupid to allow him to contact friends and the media.  They also failed to detect his location in his small apartment, when he was hiding in the bathroom.  Why didn’t they use infra-red detection or knockout gas.  It took them a long time to finish the siege, 32 hours, but they were probably given orders to kill him, but make it look like they had no choice.
3. He cowardly attacked children.  Of course, no terrorist attacks well-defended targets, but nevertheless such targets as unsuspecting adults or children are characteristic of men who are themselves inadequate.  In order to empower themselves they attack defenceless people.  So all the Islamic ideology is a front for a sick mind. The Nazis used criminals to guard the concentration camps.  One should always remember that it is not natural to engage in mass killings, all terrorists in some sense are deranged.
4. He was not overtly religious. Mohammed Merah was an out-going, sports loving, womanizing, young man.  He was not known to frequent mosques nor was he known as studious or religious.  His Islamist world-view was largely a fake, it is an excuse to take up arms and to kill those who you hate.  Many Muslim men are not integrated into western society and are often frustrated by their own culture that prevents mixing of men and women.  Notably some of the 9/11 terrorists were clean-cut, western-educated men and went to visit prostitutes and gambled the night before they flew hijacked planes into the Twin Towers.  Not exactly consistent with highly religious moral values.
About the Author
Jack Cohen was born in London and has a PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge University. He moved to the US and worked at the National Cancer Inst. and then Georgetown Medical School. In 1996, he Moved to Israel and became Chief Scientist of the Sheba Medical Center. He retired in 2001 and worked as a Visiting Professor at Hebrew University Medical School for 5 years.