So now that the terrorist, yes the terrorist that shot and killed 10 people in Munich was inspired by far-rights and not by ISIS, the media and the authorities have been very different in their reporting and valuation of the event. The double standards and the hypocrisy continues to be exposed.
As usual, since he’s not a Muslim, he’s being labelled as a madman and a medically problems individual. #NotATerroristUnlessProvenMuslim
Alex Shams summarises.
It appears that David Ali Sonboly, the German boy of Iranian heritage who killed 10 people in Munich yesterday, was influenced by the writings of right-wing, Islamophobic European extremists like Anders Breivik and was distinctly full of hate toward immigrants in general and Turks in particular.
Of the nine people he killed, three were Turks, three were Kosovans, and one was Greek. It appears he was specifically targeting Muslims and immigrants.
Many are now asking how a child of Iranian immigrants could have become infatuated with people like Anders Breivik, a right-wing Christian extremist who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011 in a terror attack targeting “multiculturalism.”
Around and around we go. The 18-year old man, born and raised in Germany with Iranian background, carried out the shooting in Munich during which he yelled “I Am German!”, complained about being bullied for years by Germans, made disparaging remarks about Turks and “foreigners”, and ended up killing 10 people including himself.
The killer was obsessed with mass shootings, and his room was full of documents exploring school shootings. “Police also said there was an “obvious link between the gunman and Norway’s mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who murdered 77 people in July 2011,” who was a white supremacist hoping to target “multiculturalism” in his killings.
And yet, suddenly, the fact that this boy was of Iranian heritage is the main story in the US media, and the same idiots as usual are calling for Muslim leaders and Islam to be put on trial for his actions.
Instead of having a conversation about violence in the West, about masculinity and gun culture, about bullying in schools particualrly against children of immigrants, they want to talk about Islam. Why not ask:
Why would a young man feel so bullied and targeted that he would feel the need to claim his Germanness while killing people?
What pushes victims of bullying to engage in acts of horrifying violence themselves?
What effect does a climate of racist intolerance, in which the anti-immigrant rightwing is gaining unprecedented power across Europe and the US, have on second-generation immigrant children in the West?
Why are 98% of mass killings carried out by men?
Instead of a real conversation about any of these issues, the main focus becomes whether or not he had ISIS links.
It is much easier to look to Iraq and Syria to blame, it seems, than to investigate what factors in our societies causes such incidents. Make no mistake about it: this violence is a product of our own society.