‘Tis the season to be murdered

This is a surprise, eh?

France has issued a maximum level of alert as police hunt a gunman who opened fire at a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg.

Three people were killed and 13 wounded, eight of them seriously.

People being attacked by a murderous lunatic at a Christmas market in Europe? This is becoming as much a tradition as mince pies, carol singing, and bad jumpers. And wait, we’re not done with the surprises just yet:

The gunman, 29, known to authorities as a suspected extremist, escaped after reportedly being injured.

Of course he was also known to authorities, they don’t like to be caught with their pants down chasing an unknown terrorist. That would be embarrassing. Can we assume the “suspected” modifier will now be removed from his file?

Some 350 officers are involved in the search for the gunman.

There was a time when murderers on the run had their name and photo distributed across the lands to aid their capture. Now their names are withheld from the public in case the earth’s rotation is disturbed by the simultaneous eye-rolling of a hundred million people.

A picture is beginning to emerge of the suspected attacker, although a motive is still not known.

And may never be known. Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard it before.

BFM TV described him as a “repeat offender” and “delinquent”, adding he was part of known extremist networks in the city.

So there are “known extremist networks” in Strasbourg? That’s comforting news. Do the authorities intend to do anything about them any time soon? If this statement from the president of the European Parliament is any guide, I’ll not be holding my breath:


Yes, “let us move” on even though the gunman has yet to be caught and the victims’ bodies are still warm. Naturally the Parliament won’t be intimidated by terrorist attacks because the elites inside are protected by armed guards. But the rest of “us”? Well, best stay away from provocative Christmas markets, eh?

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33 thoughts on “‘Tis the season to be murdered

  1. It’s horrifying when we are glad it wasn’t an attack with an HGV.

    My Aupair is from Strasbourg. She was very upset as it’s a small city. Her parents said they heard gunfire and saw police roaming streets and helicopters all over. No sign of gunman though.

    How the hell did they loose a wounded ethnic guy in a small French city? Those networks of Islamist terrorists must be stronger than we realise. Or he hijacked a car and is in Italy like the others.

  2. Heh. Like Swedish police putting out a still from CCTV with the bad guy’s face blurred.

    Farcical.

    If it had been an FN-type, his face, description and probable motives would be all over the airwaves. Hell, if it had been an antifa type, his face, description and speculation that he’s an FN-type with corresponding probable motives would have too.

    Now I know what it must have felt like for Soviet citizens listening to the official news – you have to discern what’s happened from what they *don’t* tell you, not from what they tell you…

  3. Well, naturally there’s only one solution: ban Christmas markets since they’re so offensive that they cause certain unidentified people to react so strongly that they’re prepared to kill over it.

    Who are these unidentified people? Can’t possibly tell you, since it might engender wrongthink….

  4. The BBC described him as “a 29 year old local man”. I wonder how local he really is.

    The EU parliament is (presumably) well-guarded, but it’s not a sealed bubble like the western oil workers’ compounds in Saudi Arabia. The workers shop at local shops, visit the local Christmas market, use the local public transport, and so on.

    Beardy terrorism isn’t even an EU competency. Denmark has shown that it’s perfectly possible to be a long-standing EU member, while not accepting armies of swarthy invaders. Juncker’s 2015 plan to spread migrants across the continent was pretty awful, but most terror attacks are committed by people who were admitted to the country decades ago.

    The blame for this attack lies more with Macron (who readily signed up to the UN’s Global Compact for Migration) and his predecessors, who avoided tough decisions at every turn, than with the EU.

  5. We can see the way this is going – look how UKIP are getting into bed with Tommy Robinson. That wouldn’t be happening if someone couldn’t see votes (and power) in it somewhere down the line. The seeds of a nasty civil war/authoritarian strong man government are being sown, because the current powers that be won’t deal with the problem properly. And eventually people will vote for a TR type figure, despite all the things wrong with that, because they will have been backed into a corner, he’ll be the only person promising to do what needs to be done.

    And the irony is that all the powers that the State has agglomerated to itself in order to threaten the broad mass of the public today (hate crime definitions/Islamophobia/electronic surveillance/thought police trawling through Twitter etc) will be turned against those currently in power (as well as the Islamics). When a TR type gets to be in charge, it won’t be people like him the State apparatus is turned on, it will be the likes of the human rights lawyers and ‘liberal’ politicians instead. The State has massive powers today, that it doesn’t use fully, because its still run by ‘nice’ (ish) people. When a nasty person gets his hands on them, he’ll use them to the full extent.

  6. Jim

    The point is that with Salvini, the Italians have elected a real proto fascist. But, no one can tell, because he’s lumped in with Trump (who is not), Orban (who kind of is becoming one), and Kurz (who is not).

    The terror will come as you rightly say when the idiots powers are being deployed by a real fascist. Most probably in Germany, which has succeeded in pushing themselves towards the ultimate collapse by seeing the CDU elect a Merkel lookalike as their next leader. At which point being a woke twat will be a seriously bad idea. Of course lots of people will simply change sides.

  7. Quite. Call practically everyone insufficiently left-wing a “fascist”, and sooner or later you’ll see the real thing.

    When 50%+ of people are labelled “fascist”, all distinction is lost and the real thing doesn’t even have to hide in plain sight any more.

  8. Whatever the cause of this inconvenient misunderstanding (almost certainly a mentally ill loner with a history of drug abuse, no?) the important thing is that we do not allow this incident to spark a rational debate about the benefits of mass immigration from Third World countries. That would surely be an atrocity worse than any mere incident involving firearms, HGVs, and Christmas shoppers.

    Any update on that bloke tasered outside Parliament yesterday? Of course, it goes without saying he’s just another mentally ill loner with a history of drug abuse, but it’s nice to be told.

  9. That tweet is breathtakingly insensitive. The rest might as well have been copied and pasted from a template for a post-terrorist attack tweet, but the ‘let us move on’ is something else.

  10. The rest might as well have been copied and pasted from a template for a post-terrorist attack tweet, but the ‘let us move on’ is something else.

    Isn’t it just?

  11. @Jim

    I also think the Tommy Robinson + UKIP connection is significant, but I think I see it quite differently than you do. I view it as the rise of a populist, centrist party (the media will call it far-right, of course), which can be a welcome antidote to the lockstep-leftism of all the other parties. I think that the appeal of a fascist, populist demagogue depends precisely on the failure of such a party to arise.

    I’ve read TR’s books, and have been paying attention to what he says for a few years; I don’t think he’s an incipient Hitler, Mussolini, or Ernst Rohm for that matter. But I’m not sure I’d say that of the man who comes after him, if in a couple of years he’s dead or in exile and UKIP has been crushed by some dubious legal maneuver.

    @The Manc
    The beauty of it is that “Let us move on” is precisely a confession that they have been intimidated, a massive, verbal white flag being wildly waved to catch the attention of the next terrorist.

  12. I hate to go there, but this does seem mighty convenient for Macron, seeing as it’ll get all that yellow vest stuff off the front page.

    The suspect’s home was also searched on Tuesday morning as part of investigations into a robbery. He was not home but grenades were found.

    I presume grenades are quite illegal in France, yes? (Perhaps someone who speaks frog can check, maybe here.)

    So: you’re a wannabe terrorist, known to the intelligence services, and with an extensive criminal record. Perhaps you’ve also just heard that the police have found your grenades; surely you will soon be sent back to jail, and probably for quite a long time.

    As far as your jihadi dream goes, it’s really now or never, isn’t it?

  13. Worried about their human rights is a continuous government refrain, I’m worried about the right to breath for myself and others….for the members of the religion of peace, not so much.

  14. @Jonathan: I think the trouble is that the media and the usual suspects won’t allow there to be a populist centre right party because to them it will be Hitler and the NSDA. And they will treat it as such. So anyone trying to inhabit that centre right nationalist (with a small n) party space will either be driven out of politics entirely, OR end up being a proto-Nazi party in order to survive. You see it with the EDL – it only ends up being a punch up when they march because the Left go looking for a punch up (as with Antifa in the US right now). The democratic right are being squeezed – either accept political oblivion or move further right, and fight, literally.

    If TR were parachuted into No 10 tomorrow with a working majority I don’t think he’d be Hitler (or Putin/Erdogan), out of choice. But as above, he might get driven there by the ruling elite within State apparatus. If everything he wanted to do was thwarted by the civil service, judges and the Common Purpose blob, then he might be driven to harder measures.

    This is the danger – if the right can never govern again within the democratic system guess how they’ll try to gain power instead?

  15. Ken,

    “At which point being a woke twat will be a seriously bad idea. Of course lots of people will simply change sides.”

    I was listening to something, probably either Sam Harris or the new Quillette podcast, and they made the point that an authoritarian is an authoritarian and not an idealist and they will drift to whichever side looks like they’ve got the upper hand. Hence the rise in the authoritarian left because they’ve been seen to be winning in recent decades.

  16. When does the bloke with the piano show up and start banging out ‘just give peace a chance’?

  17. @thud on December 12, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    +1

    and +1 to others above too

    Will NiV be visiting to point out blah, blah, whites..

  18. There is this article which describes how “refugees” should be considered an invading army of occupation:

    https://wilderwealthywise.com/the-caravan-warfare-by-other-means/

    Demographics ARE destiny – once the foreigners are in a majority, then the original inhabitants are marginalised and essentially driven to extinction.

    the take away quote from the article is this (at the end):

    In order to win this war:

    The aliens must be gently, firmly, and quickly be sent home.
    We must stop supporting them with cash if they are here.
    We must make life here so unhelpful that they voluntarily deport themselves.
    We must not give their nations cash if they keep coming here.
    We must stop cash flowing from individuals to their home country.
    We can help their home countries to build industries and meaningful jobs.
    If the people like, heck, we could come in and run the country for them since they seem to suck at running countries and we seem to be good at it. Is illegal immigration really the best argument for colonization ever?
    We must win at the mental and moral levels.

    We are in a war. Are we ready to fight? Because I don’t think that the 5th Generation of war will be quite as nice as the 4th . . . .

    I can’t say I disagree with this conclusion.

  19. I am waiting in hope of a fascist strongman at this point. Western culture is so rotted through with decay (both foreign and home grown) that only a good period of slaughter, terror and “get the fuck out of our country” and “shut the fuck up about your social justice” is going to have any chance of returning to a western civilisation that was. We can easily survive a strongman, eons of history shows that. We cannot survive being overwhelmed with foreign barbarians in league with the traitors in our midst.

  20. @Jim

    the usual suspects won’t allow there to be a populist centre right party because to them it will be Hitler

    Agreed.

    So anyone trying to inhabit that centre right nationalist (with a small n) party space will either be driven out of politics entirely, OR end up being a proto-Nazi party

    This assumes that the media has the same power to influence opinion which it had 30 years ago. There are signs this might not be true anymore (e.g. huge followings on social media), but it’s hard to tell at this point.

    If TR were parachuted into No 10 tomorrow with a working majority

    It’s an interesting thought experiment. I’d say there are two scenarios, the key difference being the manner in which it happens.

    If it happens by a strange quirk of fate – e.g. most of the government dies in a mysterious plane crash over Ukraine – then the civil service will continue its obstructive behavior exactly as you describe.

    If it happens as part of a nation-wide change of mind, it might be different. Especially if countries with similar populist parties were doing well, and countries without them were descending into civil war. In this case, I think the civil service would happily switch allegiances, all the while pretending that this was what they were thinking all along. The same Parliament which supported Chamberlain also supported Churchill.

    An obstructive civil service doesn’t seem to me the most straightforward route into tyranny – unless you’re thinking of an outright military coup, and a new Cromwell. There seems to me another, much more subtle path, paved with good intentions. Even a sane policy (e.g. stopping immigration, Saudi funds for mosques) is bound to have plenty of unpleasant side effects (e.g. economic recession). This will generate resistance, both legitimate (demonstrations, petitions) and violent (antifa riots). Frustration will provide the drive, and Antifa the excuse. The undemocratic means designed to suppress Antifa will be used against the legitimate resistance, and eventually against the whole country. This is pretty much what’s happening today, but in the opposite direction – anti-terror legislation is used to suppress right-wing viewpoints. As things stand, I think it’s safer to bet on someone like TR trying to save the nation, than watch the Mays and Corbyns squabble over its corpse. Tommy Robinson himself seems a safer bet than most. He’s felt the oppressive power of the state against him, but has also occasionally received justice from its judges. I haven’t seen any signs that he might be tempted to bypass its institutions to gain absolute power. We haven’t seen, for example, masked thugs in uniform terrorizing the family of Judge Marson, or the director of Onley prison. If TR was an incipient fascist, we’d be seeing things like that.

  21. Jim & Ken–your usual good sense has deserted you lads.

    TR is not an “authoritarian strongman”. It is amazing the number of otherwise sensible people whose reaction is snobbery or kneejerk left-sucking name calling. Perhaps leftist bullshit propaganda is more powerful than we think. Robinson has been endorsed by numerous black pals–including the one that observed that–unlike the various beards he had encountered over the years–TR had never called him a monkey or told him to go back to swinging through the jungle.

    Also–on the topic of BBC deceit “The BBC described him as “a 29 year old local man”. I wonder how local he really is.”

    The same tactic was used by them in the Bute child-murder. Gone very quiet about that hasn’t it after the adult male arrested one day turned out to a be ….er…”underage” the next. He ” lived locally” said the BBC. As did the 1000 imports arrogantly dumped on a tiny community only a few months before.

  22. Hi Mr Ecks. Not saying that TR is an authoritarian strongman. I am saying that Salvini is and that Orban is on his way. It’s difficult to say what TR is – he’s not a pol. What worries me is that the state has arrogated enormous powers to itself and the potential for abuse – beyond what we already see today – is enormous. I’m also coming to the conclusion that the likes of google should be broken up and forced to become platforms that are regulated. Again huge potential for abuse. That is clearly on the “woke” side at the moment, but just as easily could go the other way.

  23. #YELLOWVESTUK kicked off today in London and is spreading.

    Maybenotbe do as voters want and Cameron’s booklet & your manifesto promised – Leave EU inc SM, CU, ECJ etc..

  24. “If it happens as part of a nation-wide change of mind, it might be different. Especially if countries with similar populist parties were doing well, and countries without them were descending into civil war. In this case, I think the civil service would happily switch allegiances, all the while pretending that this was what they were thinking all along.”

    I think its more likely that countries with populist parties (ie ones getting lots of votes from the masses, but no great political power) are the ones that are more likely to descend into civil war. We see it with Brexit – there is a disconnect between the rulers and ruled. The Ruled vote for X, but the Rulers don’t like X so ignore the vote or work to thwart anyone trying to implement it. If a TR type figure (I don’t want to argue whether or not TR is a proto-dictator, there isn’t enough evidence to say either way) were to gain a legitimate electoral victory, the pre-existing bodies would do everything in their power to thwart his stated policies, (wherever they disagreed with them) just as they are doing in the US today with Trump. Trump isn’t ‘literally Hitler’ because if he was he’d be using his considerable executive powers he has to rule executively, but he’s not. He’s still playing within the self imposed rules of the game of democratic politics.

    My fear is that the next Trump (or TR/Salvini/Orban etc etc) figure who gains legitimate electoral power will be thwarted within the rules of the game, and will decide to go outside the game instead. A UK PM could probably declare martial law under the Civil Contingencies act and turn the UK into a dictatorship over night.

  25. “The same tactic was used by them in the Bute child-murder. Gone very quiet about that hasn’t it after the adult male arrested one day turned out to a be ….er…”underage” the next. He ” lived locally” said the BBC. As did the 1000 imports arrogantly dumped on a tiny community only a few months before.”

    Is there any actual evidence that the Bute murderer is, how shall we put this, not called McGregor or McDonald? There were whispers at the time that it was a refugee/RoPer but I’ve seen nothing concrete anywhere.

  26. @Jim

    Bute case, like all other RoP rapists, no doubt has reporting ban imposed by court.

    PM TR & Rebel Media – they might do some digging

  27. “Hitler’ because if he was he’d be using his considerable executive powers he has to rule executively, but he’s not.”

    And if he was all of the nation other than commies would be fully behind him.

    “A UK PM could probably declare martial law under the Civil Contingencies act and turn the UK into a dictatorship over night.”

    And then some bright spark would decry the day that the state disarmed the people.

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