|The Islamic MO|
A couple of days ago around 10 masked terrorists, dressed in black, went into the main train station in Kunming in China and began slashing people with knives and meat cleavers. At least 29 were killed and 140 injured.
The MO is all too familiar. The face to face savagery together with the obvious desire to kill as many as possible.
I googled the words “China” and “terror’. Here’s the headlines from the first two pages of my search.
China Reacts to Terrorism ‘Double Standard’ After Kunming Mass Murder
Train Station Terror Attack Highlights China's Ethnic Tensions
China’s Uighur Terror Attack
The Daily Beast
Deadly knife attack
Terror in Kunming
Chinese authorities say two WOMEN were part of knife-wielding terror gang which left at least 33 dead and 143 wounded after attacking a train station in China
At least 28 die in 'terrorist' attack at Chinese train station: reports
Families reel, witnesses haunted after China's deadly Kunming terror attacks
China's security chief vows justice after terror attack in train station leaves at least 29 dead
'Violent terror attack' at busy Chinese train station by knife-wielding assailants leaves 33 dead, 143 injured
China vows to punish deadly station rampage, blames separatists
Kunming knife attack: Xinjiang separatists blamed for 'Chinese 9/11'
27 dead, 109 injured in 'terror' attack at Chinese train station
Why don’t the words Islamic or Muslim appear anywhere in these headlines?
Most of the articles eventually get round to the dreaded M-word in the fifth or sixth paragraph. But only after they’ve emphasised that the cause of this latest barbaric atrocity is “ethnic tensions,” Chinese oppression or “separatism”. The perpetrators’ religion is usually only mentioned as background towards the end of the story.
Excluding mention of Islam in connection to these outrages is equivalent to reporting Kristallnacht without reference to Nazism. Perhaps a modern editor would come up with a headline like this:
Ethnic tensions flared up in Germany yesterday causing at least 90 deaths
Does anybody doubt that if terrorists were doing this in the name of Christianity or Hinduism that their religion would be in the headlines? The motive behind this obscene delicacy in reporting the truth about Islam is not only fear. There is also the calculation that given the size of the Muslim population in the world and here in our own countries that the only way to tame Islam is to keep Muslims onside by not offending them.
But this thinking is wrong-headed. There has never been a group of people more in need of offensive rebuke than Muslims. The only hope to reform Islam is to tell the truth about it. This is all we can do to assist reform minded Muslims in their fight against their barbarous co-religionists.
Maybe some of you think this selective blindness of the media is old news. And you’d be right, it is.
But until the media starts telling people the truth behind the endless savage murders committed in the name of Mohammad then they may as well not bother reporting the gory details.
Until the media starts telling the truth about Islam, the media itself is the story.