French troops guarding a mosque in Valence had an eventful New Years, to say the least.
Three soldiers were injured when a man intentionally tried to run them over in his car, which resulted in them opening fire on the driver, injuring him before taking him into custody.
So what motivated the attack? Naturally, the media tried to turn itself into pretzels to avoid saying the word “Islamic” anything.
But what was found in his car proves the Paris terror attacks were just the first in a wave of Islamist attacks against the nation.
“The inspection of his computer led to the discovery of jihadi propaganda images,” local prosecutor Alex Perrin told Reuters.
“These are downloadable images that are a few weeks old. Not the worst type of images, but rather bellicose slogans,” he said. “It shows he had an appreciation of that but it does not prove he had links with terrorist organizations.”
The 29-year old Frenchman of Tunisian descent rammed his car into a group of four soldiers in a car park outside a large mosque in a suburb of Valence on Friday afternoon, the prosecutor told reporters earlier on Saturday.
“He reportedly shouted ‘Allah is great’, which suggests some sort of religious element.”
“When he was apprehended, he mentioned the fact that he wanted to kill troops because troops killed people,” the prosecutor added. “He said he wanted to be killed by troops.”
There was also no indication that the man was suffering from mental illness, the prosecutor said. He had been unemployed for several years and was not known to police or intelligence services, the prosecutor added.
The practicing Muslim lived in a suburb of Lyon, 100 km (60 miles) north of the town of Valence where the incident took place.
I gotta say I got a kick out of the reporting quoted above.
Liberals will rush to judgement about the character of a mass shooter in America when no evidence has been released at all, but when a Muslim with extremist propaganda chanting “Allah is great” is involved in an attack, it may “suggest some sort of religious element.”
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]