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Army on France streets spot the difference between Isis Islamists and the mentally ill killers

by | 24th, December 2014

French troops are on the streets. Why? Is it terrorism. It is a few nutters? Let’s find out.

The Times knows:

“The French government deployed extra troops to patrol streets and urged calm today after three attacks which caused one death and injured some 30 people, stirring fear of copy-cat violence by Islamist extremists.”

So. Muslim extremists are killing in the name of their god?

The French government deployed extra troops to patrol streets and urged calm today after three attacks which caused one death and injured some 30 people, stirring fear of copy-cat violence by Islamist extremists. Manuel Valls, the Prime Minister, acknowledged that the three acts in three days by lone French citizens, including two rampages in vehicles, were a legitimate source of worry in the light of calls by foreign jihadist groups for the murder of non-Muslims.

Culture wars!

At the same time, the Socialist premier insisted that the men who ran over pedestrians were apparently not terrorists but suffering from psychiatric conditions.

But? And can you be a terrorist if you’re not a jihadi?

What of the killers?

Bertrand Nzohabonay, a 20-year-old Muslim convert from Burundi, was shot dead after he wounded three officers. The assault was deemed to be of a terrorist nature and ascribed to Islamist doctrines but the authorities put down the two subsequent vehicular assaults to mental disturbance…

The 40-year-old man of Algerian origin who mowed down 14 pedestrians in Dijon with his Renault Clio on Sunday, named as Nacer B, shouted “Allah Akbar” as he drove at them, but he had a long history of mental illness…

The 37-year-old French villager who ran over his victims in Nantes was a disturbed alcoholic with no connection to Islam and appeared to be imitating the previous day’s attack, the authorities said. The man, named today as Sebastien Sarron, stabbed himself repeatedly with a knife after the attack but survived.

Why would Islamic extremists start using cars as weapons? And is that French villager a Catholic? Why not mention his religion or lack of it, too?

“What we are seeing with events in Dijon and Nantes is that they are creating copy-cat reactions,” Mr Valls said yesterday.

Nevertheless, on Monday after two motorised assaults, Mr Valls declared: “Never have we faced such danger in matters of terrorism. We have over 1,000 individuals who are involved in jihad and Syria and Iraq. The string of tragedies that we have been faced with is worrying for all of us.”

The Times is joining in with stressing the religious element:

Tension is high because of calls from the Islamic State (Isis), the extremist army in Syria and Iraq, to kill French civilians at home. “Run him over with your car,” said one Isis video. Before the latest assaults, three French self-styled Islamists staged lone attacks over the past 18 months, killing seven and wounding 11 people in France and in Belgium. The Burundi born man who attacked the police station on Saturday claimed allegiance to Isis and left a testament citing the organisation, police said.

The centre-right opposition today broke with its support for the government’s measured response and accused Mr Valls of failing to take firm action. “He reduces the matter of the fight against terrorism to a struggle against racism and discrimination,” said the Union for a Popular Movement, which is led by Nicolas Sarkozy.

The Times is not alone:

Le Figaro worried about “enemies from within” and wondered if the French jihadist recently seen beheading a captive in Syria was also just mentally disturbed. “From now on it is time to track down those people in France who are attacking us in the name of radical Islam,” it said.

So. It’s certain. The Islamists and Isis are a clear and presents danger on French streets. Not in the BBC, it isn’t. The BBC’s entire report on the 300 French troops and the three attacks contains not a single mention of the words Islam, Isis, Muslims or jihad. This is the entire BBC report:

France to deploy soldiers after spate of attacks

In Nantes, the driver targeted a group of people at a stall in a Christmas market

France is to step up police and military patrols in areas frequented by the public following recent attacks, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said. He said up to 300 soldiers would be deployed around the country to boost security over the Christmas

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