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Barcelona car attacks

As you know, terrorists killed at least 14 people in Barcelona on Thursday with cars, and injured at least 100 more in multiple attacks.

A group called “Islamic State” claimed responsibility, making them explicitly political and Islamic attacks.

By any objective measure, this is a much worse tragedy and problem than what happened in Charlottesville last weekend, although our thoughts and prayers are with all victims of both.

The LA Times article above phrases it oddly. LAT’s title says the attack is “blamed on ‘jihadi terrorism'”. The internal scare-quotes are theirs. The body says:

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Barcelona was the victim of “jihadi terrorism”…

In other words, LA Times won’t call it jihadi terrorism; it will only report neutrally the fact that, oddly, for some strange reason that one might not be able to fathom, others choose to leap to that conclusion.

This fits in with the [Left] Media Complex Playbook that V mentioned a couple days ago.

  • If the car is driven by a mentally-ill white supremacist and kills 1 person, it’s proof that Republicans are Nazis, America is in the grip of an epidemic of racism, Trump is the KKKing of racists, and lefties are correct to physically bash their opponents.
  • But if the cars (multiple) are driven by consciously-religious Muslims and kill 14 people, it’s not proof of anything except that Muslims are victims of hate crimes by Republicans – and lefties are correct to physically bash their opponents.
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7 Comments

  1. It shouldn’t matter who is doing it, if the objectives of an attack are to cause terror, injury, and death, then it is terrorism. For that matter, if you are going to label one group’s terror acts as hate crimes, then Islamic terror should be labeled as hate crimes, since they hate westerners and all other religions with a passion

    Comment by TAD — August 18, 2017 @ 2:24 pm - August 18, 2017

  2. “In other words, LA Times won’t call it jihadi terrorism”

    Ummmmm
    No….in other words they are simply quoting the Spanish authorities who used that exact term….

    What the he’ll could be wrong with that?

    “For that matter, if you are going to label one group’s terror acts as hate crimes, then Islamic terror should be labeled as hate crimes, since they hate westerners and all other religions with a passion”

    Agree both are hate crimes. And this is just another example that highlights the similarities between the American right-wing extremists and Islamic extremists.

    Same tactics, same arguments, same end goals just different ideas on who hate. Both are dangerous and both require surveillance.

    Comment by mike — August 18, 2017 @ 4:34 pm - August 18, 2017

  3. “Same tactics, same arguments, same end goals just different ideas on who hate. Both are dangerous and both require surveillance.”

    They don’t seem as dangerous as Milo and a handful few of others who, by their mere alluding to showing up somewhere to share some thoughts, and in just the last 6 months, triggered literally thousands (I haven’t done the actual count but some pictures speak for themselves) of Social Justice champions to, with an impressive spontaneous initiative:

    burn cars, trash business facades, break ATMs, deface buildings, threaten people, punch people, stab or plan to stab them, jump them 10 to 1 as angry mobs, hit their skull with bikelocks, … and all this with the convenience of concealled identity thanks to masks and other black cagoules.

    Right.

    Such a righteous outrage against “dangerous” people that the associated great pride clearly requires to do it without showing one’s own face.

    Funny.

    Even the so called “right wing white supremacists” haven’t figured about the benefits of that (much practical) clothing detail.

    Comment by Cyril — August 18, 2017 @ 5:55 pm - August 18, 2017

  4. It’s called conditioning. They were All instructed to avoid the term terrorism (hard to avoid that usage now), terrorism & jihad. Because of Benghazi. They had to bolster the fiction that weak Obama actively promoted protecting Americans in the run up & before the 2012. But, especially to thwart Romney’s bid. Secondarily, they were seeing the beginning of mass migration out of the Middle East & wanted a piece of Merkel’s pie. Equating anything bad with Muslims & their primitive cultures was a non-starter. Still is, obviously. At least, until Merkel is ousted or comes to her senses with her population-replacement immigration policies for Europe. As if that’s going to happen.

    Comment by Hanover — August 18, 2017 @ 9:58 pm - August 18, 2017

  5. We can tell that mike desires an Islamic top.

    mike presented statistics a few days ago showing the human toll in the United States of “right wing extremists” and “Islamic extremists” violence. Considering that both factions have a global presence, perhaps he would want to give us the global statistics of the human toll of violence for these two factions since 1993. We will wait.

    The leftist view and the Islamic view of a One World Government is pretty much exactly the same.

    The leftists who post on here are just to cowardly to admit it.

    Note to Jeff : Please do not fall into the headline trap of giving inanimate objects the ability to do harm without human action.

    Comment by TnnsNe1 — August 19, 2017 @ 8:21 am - August 19, 2017

  6. It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of making it sound like some inanimate object committed a crime or caused a fatal accident.

    Sometimes it is probably intentional, as when the MSM report on a “deadly truck crash” in Nice or Barcelona, because they don’t want to say that it was a terrorist attack by a Muslim. And we frequently hear about “gun violence” and the people killed “by” handguns or “by” assault rifles. The victims were killed *with* firearms. They were killed *by* criminals or terrorists. (Often, by criminals who had been released from prison under the Democrats’ de-incarceration program, or by terrorists who got into the US under the lax immigration policy.)

    But sometimes it’s unintended. I sometimes catch myself saying things like, “A pedestrian got run over by an SUV.” No, the victim got run over *by* a reckless driver, *with* a vehicle.

    Comment by Tom — August 19, 2017 @ 9:44 am - August 19, 2017

  7. Good point guys, thanks.

    When i wrote it, i had a feeling of saying something odd or perhaps ironic, but i wasn’t sure what it was. I do that a lot. “This title feels weird or like I could almost be making a in-joke; but what is it?”, then later someone tells me. Here, it’s on the theme (mentioned in the post) of media coverage that tries not to make the terrorists responsible.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 19, 2017 @ 5:15 pm - August 19, 2017

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