From the page: "Lather, Rinse, and Repeat
By Mark Steyn
March 21, 2012 9:47 P.M.
The killer of French schoolchildren and soldiers turns out to be a man called Mohammed Merah. The story can now proceed according to time-honored tradition:
Stage One: The strange compulsion to assure us that the killer is a âoeright wing conservative extremist,â in the words of NRO commenter ExpatAsia, echoed by Chrisman and Galtâs Bain. Up north, this view was shared by Canadaâs most prominent establishment Jew and the Liberal Party attack poodle Warren Kinsella (whom NR readers may recall from my free-speech cover story, which mentioned the groveling apology he was forced to make to âoethe Chinese communityâ after an unfortunately sinophobic cat joke). The insistence that the killer was emblematic of an epidemic of right-wing hate sweeping the planet is, regrettably, no longer operative. Instead, the killer isnât representative of anything at all.
So on to Stage Two: Okay, he may be called Mohammed but heâs a âoelone wolf.â Sure, he says he was trained by al-Qaeda, but what does he know? Donât worry, folks, heâs just a lone wolf like Major Hasan and Faisal Shahzad and all the other card-carrying members of the Amalgamated Union of Lone Wolves. All jihad is local.
On to Stage Three: Okay, even if there are enough lone wolves around to form their own Radio City Rockette line, itâs still nothing to do with Islam. Iâm sad to see the usually perceptive Ed West of the London Telegraph planting his flag on this wobbling blancmange.
And then, of course, Stage Four: The backlash that never happens. Because apparently the really bad thing about actual dead Jews is that it might lead to dead non-Jews: âoeFrench Muslims Fear Backlash After Shooting.â Likewise, after Major Hasanâs mountain of dead infidels, âoeShooting Raises Fears For Muslims In US Army.â Likewise, after the London Tube slaughter, âoeBritish Muslims Fear Repercussions After Tomorrowâs Train Bombing.â Oh, no, wait, thatâs a parody, though itâs hard to tell.
Look, pace Ed West, isnât it just a teensy-weensy little bit to do with Islam? Or at any rate the internal contradictions of one-way multiculturalism? No, itâs not a competition. Most times in todayâs Europe, the guys beating, burning and killing Jews will be Muslims. Once in a while, it will be somebody else killing the schoolkids. But is it so hard to acknowledge that rapid, transformative, mass Muslim immigration might not be the most obvious aid to social tranquility? That it might possibly pose challenges that would otherwise not have existed â" for uncovered women in Oslo, for gays in Amsterdam, for Jews everywhere? Is it so difficult to wonder if, for these and other groups living in a long-shot social experiment devised by their rulers, the price of putting an Islamic crescent in the diversity quilt might be too high? Whatâs left of Jewish life in Europe is being extinguished remorselessly, one vandalized cemetery, one subway attack at a time. How many Jewish children will be at that school in Toulouse a decade hence? A society that becomes more Muslim eventually becomes less everything else. What is happening on the Continent is tragic, in part because it was entirely unnecessary. "