Last night, news anchors seemed genuinely surprised
that the Paris terrorists may have been part of a larger cell of
up to 6 people. At the same time, the undertone of Islamic terrorists being uncivilized heathens
[wait… how do they use computers when we’ve bombed them back to the stone age?!!]
I honestly was doing double-take after double-take as the pieces rolled by.
The narrative of the lone shooter, the crazed jihadist, the shoe bomber… Such a hollywood stereotype.
IRA, Baader Meinhof, Black September, ETA – these were/are organized, committed armies ready to use whatever weapons were/are at their disposal to advance their strategic objectives.
How I wish we had journalists involved in news now – you know, those folk who search out facts, illuminate context, learn from history…