Media mystified by latest slaughter of 17 Western tourists; what Muslim terrorists?


At least 17 Western tourists were massacred in the capital of Tunisia on Wednesday, adding more innocent blood to the toll of terrorist murder in Muslim world – the country’s parliament building nearby was evacuated, and television footage showed civilians running through the streets desperately seeking shelter.

And American news organizations are apparently mystified as to who might have been behind it – as though taking a cue from the Obama White House and its unwillingness to cite Islamist terrorism as the most deadly military force in the world today.

Tunisian security forces take to the streets of Tunis Wednesday.

Headline after headline screamed “terrorists” had staged an attack but anyone searching for a clue about the truth of the the latest “man-caused” would have had to wait until deep into the stories for the idea that maybe – just maybe – Islamist terrorists had struck again.


Substituting cowardice for journalistic caution, the headline over CNN’s text coverage of the story declared “Tunisia museum attack kills at least 19; three suspects sought”; the New York Times echoed with “Tunisia museum attack leaves 19 dead; 2 gunmen killed in firefight.”

In an almost comical turn, CNN’s eighth paragraph paragraph noted that Tunisian Interior Minister Mohamed Ali Aroui called the terrorists Islamists (all this while the network’s video was having no problems talking about Islamic terror).

The Times took 13 paragraphs to point out that Tunisia has been targeted by Islamic extremists, but still maintained a ludicrous unwillingness to place blame.

The identity and motivation of the attackers were not immediately clear. No group had claimed responsibility for the attack by early evening.

To its credit, and for a change in the Obama era, The Associated Press waited only until the third paragraph to report:

Twitter accounts associated with the extremist Islamic State group based in Syria and Iraq were described as overjoyed at the attack, urging Tunisians to “follow their brothers,” according to Rita Katz of SITE, a U.S.-based organization that monitors militant groups.

OK, here’s a really zany guess.

The identity of the attackers might not be known, but it also doesn’t matter a whole lot because they’re interchangeable with the hundreds of other Muslim terrorists that have been slaughtering innocents for decades, whether they’re crashing planes into the Twin Towers, or beheading Christian men on Libyan beaches.

(Here’s another zany guess – the bodies of the two gunmen killed won’t turn out to be two guys from white Lutherans from Minnesota.)

And no matter how baffled The Times might be, their motivation is “immediately clear,” to murder human beings – whether non-Muslim Westerners, non-Muslim Arabs, or Muslim Arabs who happen to be on the wrong side of some weird, murderous Muslim cause – all in the service of an evil cause they call establishing a “caliphate.”

They don’t need to claim responsibility anymore. They own it.

The sad part it is, the news organizations and governments that refuse to admit it – CNN, The New York Times, the Obama White House – own it too.


The Twitter world, as usual, was under no illusions.


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