The Islamic jihadists “began firing on people without distinguishing between Muslims and Buddhists.” They are trying to “strike terror in the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60), and if some Muslims get killed in the process, that is collateral damage and does not mitigate the fact that the killers were waging Islamic jihad.
So imagine if nine or ten years from now Muslims want to build a giant mega-mosque at the site of this massacre, and insist that they want to do so in the interests of peace, reconciliation, and bridge-building with unbelievers. And they invoke the fact that the jihadists in this instance “began firing on people without distinguishing between Muslims and Buddhists” as if it somehow established that the killers were not legitimate Islamic jihadists. That fact doesn’t render this not a jihad shooting, as it took place within the context of the Muslims’ jihad to establish a separate Sharia state in their area of Thailand. But it would parallel the Islamic supremacists’ oft-repeated line these days, that Muslims were killed in the World Trade Center jihad attacks, and therefore Muslims can legitimately erect a huge mosque at Ground Zero.
“Thailand, Islamic rebels disguised as policemen fire on crowd: 5 dead and 3 injured,” from AsiaNews, September 29 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
Bangkok (AsiaNews / Agencies) – A group of Islamic rebels triggered a shootout last night in a village in Pattani province, killing five people including two children.
According to initial police reports, the militants presented themselves in the village market dressed as police officers and began firing on people without distinguishing between Muslims and Buddhists….