Op-Ed: Was the Toulouse Murderer Mentally Ill?
The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book “A New Shoah”, that researched the personal stories of Israel’s terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary.
The denial campaign about Toulouse’s pogrom already began.
Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Islamic Studies at Oxford University, writes that Mohamed Merah, who killed four Jews in Toulouse, “stands before us like an overgrown adolescent, unemployed, at loose ends, soft-hearted but at the same time disturbed and incoherent”.
Ramadan, who has been an advisor of British government and is a Muslim Brotherhood leader in Europe, claims that “religion was not Mohamed Merah’s problem”. He goes on describing the mass murderer as “a French citizen frustrated at being unable to find his place, to give his life dignity and meaning in his own country”, “a pathetic young man”, “the victim of a social order” and so on.
Islam and anti-Semitism have nothing to do with the butchering of Rav Sandler and his two children.
Merah killed the Jews because he wasn’t able to find a place in the French racist society.
The worst anti-Jewish attack in Europe since the Second World War is becoming a mere psychiatric case. Merah must become a mental patient.
The goal is to banalize, relativize and ultimately exculpate the killing of innocent Jews in the heart of Europe.
The European press now claims that Merah’s divorce played a major role in the massacre.
The media says that Merah took “infinite pleasure” in killing, like a serial killer in the US horror movies.
Merah is not a mujaheddin who belongs to a larger Islamic network, he is a loser, a psycopath, demented, unemployed.
The French press titles are “l’ignoble criminel et la France raciste”.
The reaction is typical of the Western sickness: “It’s us”.
The discussion now is not centered around the hate emails and phone calls received at the Ozar Hatorah school, the pervasive French anti-Semitism, the future of European Jewry or the Islamic threat growing inside the Western hedonistic democracies.
Gradually, Toulouse’s responsibility is shifting, the murderer is “a problematic boy”, liberals indict the entire “repressive society”, et voila, the perpetrator finally becomes the real victim and the victims the real murderers (Jews, Zionists, murderers of Palestinain children, they got what they deserved).
Merah slaughtered because he had already been killed, “spiritually, socially, psychologically”, by a racist, unequal and “islamophobic” society.
The first picture of Mohammed Merah is a smiling boy. He looks like Akim Awad, the Palestinian sentenced to five life sentences for the murder of five members of the Fogel family in Itamar. In court, Awad always smiled at the camera.
Like with Merah, the Western public opinion thinks that the Palestinian terrorist is not guilty, because he first suffered under “Israel’s occupation”. Awad said he has “no regrets” and flashed the “V” sign for victory while he was leaving the courthouse.
“I am a person like you, I have no mental condition, I never had a serious illness”, Awad said to the judges. His smile was sincere.
In 2005, a video footage was released of the Beslan school siege, showing the terrorist leader laughing as hundreds of pupils, their families and teachers were herded at gunpoint into the school gym rigged with explosives.
Evil exists. Miriam Monsonego met it last week.