After the savage murders by Islamist monsters Wednesday in Paris, the first reaction of many western media types was to fret over a coming backlash against the Islamist. This happens every time a Muslim kills in the name of Allah. Well, they may be on to something this time as some French may have decided enough is enough. We don’t condone innocent Muslims being attacked, of course, but when a country is living in fear these things are going to happen.
Revenge attacks on Muslim places of worship have begun in France following yesterday’s massacre at the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
Mosques, prayer halls and a kebab shop near a Muslim temple were targeted in the early hours of the morning following the terrorist attack – in which 12 people were murdered by suspected Islamist fanatics.
The retaliation comes as French citizens, and the international community, attempt to come to terms with yesterday’s shocking and deadly assault on free speech.
In the city of Le Mans, west of Paris, three blank grenades were thrown at a mosque shortly after midnight – and a bullet was also fired through one of the windows.
In the Port-la-Nouvelle district, near Narbonne in southern France, several shots were fired in the direction of a Muslim prayer hall shortly after evening prayers.
According to French prosecutors, the hall was empty and no-one was injured.
A kebab shop, located near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone, was also blown up. Again, there were no casualties.
No injuries, but plenty of finger wagging about a backlash, we’re sure.
Eight journalists – including the magazine’s editor – died in yesterday’s attack, along the two policemen, a maintenance worker and another visitor when the masked terrorists stormed the Charlie Hebdo offices in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.
Two armed suspects wanted over the massacre have been located in northern France after shots were fired at a petrol station, according to reports.
Two men in balaclavas fitting the description of brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi were seen near Villers-Cotterêt, close to Reims, after apparently robbing the station.
An attendant was said to have identified the men, who drove off in a white Renault Clio with number plates covered up in the direction of Paris with ‘exposed Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers’ inside the vehicle.
The dramatic development came as the manhunt continued for the ‘armed and dangerous’ brothers who have links to terror groups stretching back almost a decade.
Much like the brave folks from the New York Times, others are trembling at the thought of a backlash:
French Muslims have expressed fears that the sickening attack will lead to a surge in people joining the country’s far-right movement Front National.
Houria Bouteldja, spokeswoman for Parti des Indigènes de la République (PIR), told Al Jazeera: ‘This is a veritable nightmare for the Muslim community, but a veritable windfall for the extreme-right parties that will exploit this appalling crime.’
Instead of worrying about the so-called “extreme” right wing, how about cracking down on the Islamist maniacs first? But instead, they’re concerned about the real victims:
She added: ‘The people who committed this crime have committed a crime not only against Charlie Hebdo, but also against the Muslim community.’