The French Shooter, Muslims and the World

I have been thinking of the sad state that our world is in. A world where we kill civilians and innocent children unthinkingly. A world where a child cannot go to school without a parent fearing that their child might be killed because of religion...

Honestly, I am sick and tired of EVERYTHING going wrong in this world being linked to Muslims. This is NOT ISLAM, NOR ARE THESE ISLAMIC ACTS. ALL Muslims of sound minds and hearts condemn such brutal and STUPID acts against humanity!

I don't know if it is just a coincidence...or are Muslims being framed, b/c honestly...we can't be this heartless and STUPID! THIS IS JUST PLAIN OUT WRONG no matter who did it...
Muslims have become the scapegoat of all world problems.

Al Qaeda has hijacked our religion and our names. They have done the most wrong to Muslims all over the world.

It just makes one think, are these traits of dehumanization and beastly-like tendencies being attributed to Muslims to make it OK to continue marginalizing us? I know such acts helped Hitler's regime in dehumanizing the Jews...does this help justify world attrocities on Muslims all around the world?

I just can't believe our religion of compassion and love has been twisted in such a disgusting and demonizing fashion.

Please explain how this guy was "Muslim" if he was KILLING Muslims...authorities were so concerned with his killing patterns b/c he was killing every 4 days...they said that he might kill again on Friday, the Muslim's holy day and the day of congregation.

Something seems very wrong (and I am hardly one for conspiracies).

Here's the latest from


French police surround suspect in Toulouse shootings -
From Diana Magnay and Marilia Brocchetto , CNN


Terror links with shooting suspect?
Toulouse, France (CNN) -- About 300 police officers surrounded an apartment in the south of France on Wednesday, trying to coax a man whom authorities called a self-styled al Qaeda jihadist to surrender after a series of shootings that left seven people dead.

Soon after special operations police mounted their raid in Toulouse at 3:30 a.m., shots rang out from inside, wounding two officers, police said.

The man later threw a handgun out the window, but he has other guns, Interior Minister Claude Gueant said.

As the standoff stretched to its sixth hour, Gueant said the suspect would surrender at noon (7 a.m. ET).

"The suspect told me -- and I hope he told me the truth -- that he will surrender at 12 p.m.," Gueant said.

But the suspect later broke off communications with the police, Gueant told reporters.

A police source named the suspect as Mohammed Merah. The source asked not to be named because he is not authorized to give the name to the media.

Gueant said Merah had a car containing more weapons near his apartment.

The 24-year-old suspect is accused of killing seven people in the last 10 days: a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school on Monday, and three soldiers of north African origin who had recently returned from Afghanistan in two earlier incidents.

As the siege went on, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he had met with Muslim and Jewish leaders and assured them "that terrorism cannot destroy our national community."

Interior Minister Gueant said the suspect is a French national of Algerian origin who spent considerable time in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"He claims to be a jihadist and says he belongs to al Qaeda. He wanted to avenge the Palestinian children and take revenge on the French army because of its foreign interventions," he told reporters at the scene.

The minister did not say how he knew this.

France has about 4,000 troops supporting the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The government has said it will pull them out by 2013.

The suspect belongs to a group called Forsane Alizza, or Knights of Glory, Gueant said.

The French government banned the group in January for trying to recruit people to fight in Afghanistan.

Announcing the ban on the group, Gueant said it is "unacceptable that in our country a group is training people for armed struggle."

This month's shooting spree, which targeted minorities, prompted France to put the region on scarlet alert, the highest level in the country.

Police tracked the suspect down via his brother's IP address, which was apparently used to respond to an ad posted by the first victim, Gueant said.

Imad Ibn Ziaten, a paratrooper of North African origin, arranged to meet a man in Toulouse to sell him a scooter which he had advertised online, the minister said. The victim said in the ad that he was in the military.

A message sent from the suspect's brother's IP address was used to set up an appointment to inspect the bike, an appointment at which the paratrooper was killed on March 11, Gueant said.

Four days later, two other soldiers were shot dead and another injured by a black-clad man wearing a motorcycle helmet in the southwestern French city of Montauban, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Toulouse.

In the attack at the private Jewish school Ozar Hartorah on Monday, a man wearing a motorcycle helmet and driving a motor scooter pulled up and shot a teacher and three children -- two of them his own young sons -- in the head.

The other victim, the daughter of the school's director, was killed in front of her father.

Police said the same guns were used in all three attacks.

Police launched an intense manhunt, and on Wednesday night, zeroed in on the house, located about 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) from the Jewish school.

Throughout the standoff, President Sarkozy remained in constant communication with the interior minister, the presidential palace said.

Meanwhile, the bodies of the four victims arrived in Israel where they will be buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning.

"Today, all Israel is in pain and mourning over the deaths of innocent children and a dedicated father," Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told the families as the coffins were lowered from the plane.

The decision to send the bodies to Israel was made because of their faith, according to the Consistory of Paris, a group representing Jewish communities. France has one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe.

As practicing Jews, their burial in the birthplace of Judaism ensures that their remains will not be tampered with, the consistory added. Forty percent of French practicing Jews are buried in Israel, it said.

The teacher, Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, was born and raised in Bordeaux, in southwestern France, but pursued his religious studies in Israel. He married and had children, before returning to teach at the Toulouse school, the consistory said.

His sons, Gabriel, 4, and Arieh, 5, will be buried with him.

The other victim, 7-year-old Miriam Monsonego, will be laid to rest at another cemetery.

CNN's Aliza Kassim and Stephanie Halasz contributed to this report.


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