Monday, September 04, 2006

There Is No Doubt…

In Amman, Jordan today, a man opened fire on a group of tourists. He shot and killed one British man, and wounded three other Brits, a Dutch national, a New Zealander and a Jordanian. As he was shooting, the shooter shouted Allahu Akbar, according to a witness. (Allahu Akbar means god is great in Arabic.)

According to witnesses, the gunmen fired at least 12 rounds before he emptied his pistol and was chased into a crowded downtown area before he was caught and arrested.

The Reuters story said that no group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet, and quoted Jordanian Interior Minister Eid al-Fayez, as saying;

"The Jordanian culprit is being interrogated and we don't know if he had any accomplices in this operation. There is no doubt that this is a terrorist act.” (emphasis added)

And in Canada, a masked man firebombed the Skver-Toldos Jewish Boys School over the weekend. The school is an Orthodox Jewish school in Outremont. reported that surveillance tapes show the bomber initially aimed his firebomb at the window of a classroom occupied by at least 12 teenage boys, 20 minutes earlier. Police have started an investigation but aren't calling the attack a hate crime at this time, according to Constable Benoit Couture, because the attacker didn't leave a written message or graffiti indicating a motive.
Doesn’t it strike you as a little odd that in Canada and the U.S., authorities bend over backwards to call attacks that are obviously Islamic terrorist in nature, anything but? While in the Muslim Arab nation of Jordan the Interior Minister demonstrates no such reluctance?


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