What does a jihadi have to do to get credit these days? If screaming “Allahu akbar” isn’t enough to make his motive clear, what is? Would he have to drop his knife and announce: “I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State. That is why I did what I did”? No, a convert to Islam named Edward Archer said that after he shot and seriously wounded police officer Jesse Hartnett, and the Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, responded: “In no way shape or form does anyone in this room believe that Islam or the teaching of Islam has anything to do with what you’ve seen on the screen….It is abhorrent. It is terrible and it does not represent the religion or any of its teachings. This is a criminal with a stolen gun who tried to kill one of our officers. It has nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith.”
In sum, there is absolutely nothing that will convince today’s authorities that an Islamic jihad terrorist is indeed an Islamic jihad terrorist. They just refuse to believe such a person could exist. In this case, German authorities are saying that the perpetrator was mentally ill and drug-addicted. He had a German name and was not a migrant. Very well. Why do so many mentally ill people act out their mental illness in this same way? Maybe this man was a convert to Islam. That he was mentally ill and drug addicted does not in the least preclude the possibility that he converted: he wouldn’t be the first psychically marginal person to find a validation for his violent rage in Islam’s doctrine of jihad. If authorities have no record of his conversion, that doesn’t mean he didn’t convert, or simply identify with the warriors of jihad. The ineluctable fact remains that there is no record of any non-Muslim ever screaming “Allahu akbar” while committing acts of violence. The denial and willful ignorance of German authorities, and authorities all over the West, is suicidal, as it precludes any honest and thorough assessment of the problem that the global jihad poses.
“Knifeman kills one at Munich station; no evidence of Islamist motive,” by Joern Poltz and Jens Hack [Hack indeed], Reuters, May 10, 2016 (thanks to Darcy):
MUNICH (Reuters) – A man stabbed four people at a train station near Munich early on Tuesday, killing one and injuring three in an attack a senior politician said did not appear to be politically motivated.
Police earlier said they were checking witness statements that the alleged assailant, a 27-year-old man who was under arrest and the only suspect, shouted “Allahu Akbar” (‘God is Greatest’ in Arabic).
Close. It’s “Allah is greater.”
But Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said he had received no indications that the man had a migrant background, telling reporters: “So far there are no findings that are relevant for state security.”
He said the man had shown up in a different part of Germany a few days ago, suspected of using drugs and exhibiting behavior suggesting he might be mentally disturbed.
Bavarian radio said he used a knife with a 10 cm (4 inch) blade in the apparently indiscriminate attack, which took place around 5 a.m. (0300 GMT) in Grafing, a commuter town about 32 km (20 miles) southeast of the Bavarian capital in southern Germany.
One victim, a 50-year-old, died of stab wounds in hospital shortly after the attack. Police said three other men aged between 43 and 58 were injured, with Bavarian radio saying one was seriously hurt….