I'm having a hard time dealing with the emotions that I've been feeling the past 48 or so hours since I learned that a racist bastard murdered a teacher, his two children, and another child at a Jewish school in France.
We've also learned that this same hatemonger also murdered three French soldiers, two of whom were Muslim and a third who was black. Now we know more about him. I won't even repeat his name here, because typing it would make me sick.
"He claims to be a jihadist and says he belongs to al Qaeda," Interior Minister Claude Gueant told reporters in Toulouse. "He wanted to avenge the Palestinian children and take revenge on the French army because of its foreign interventions."
Importantly, the Palestinian Authority quickly characterized the murders as a "racist crime." The PA also declared that they "condemn in the strongest possible terms the hateful attack carried out in Toulouse."
Prime Minister Salam Fayyad went further:
“It is time for these criminals to stop marketing their terrorist acts in the name of Palestine and to stop pretending to stand up for the rights of Palestinian children who only ask for a decent life.”
To be clear, this is not about Israelis or Jews versus Palestinians or Muslims. "The Palestinians" didn't kill these people. Neither did "the Muslims." This is about hate. Hatred of France and its soldiers, and hatred of Jews. One person carried out this act, a person who was, according to what the French government has said, trained by an organization and a movement that distorts Islam. A movement that can today apparently reach anywhere and kill children. That's what chills me.
I don't have any answers here, or any real insight. I just have anger. Anger toward this person, and anger toward the movement that appears to have trained and supported him (and even if they haven't, they've earned my hatred with their previous murders). I'm furious at him and them, and yes, I fear for my children.
There's no happy ending or inspirational message in this diary, and for that I apologize. I wish that weren't the case. Thanks for letting me vent here, in this community.