05 November 2015

There is stabbing and then there is stabbing

I guess we shouldn't complain about some of the headlines that put a stress on death of the offending party, relegating the fate of the victims to background. Such as this CNN headline:

Student fatally shot after stabbing 4 at UC Merced

After all, with the shortish attention span of the nowadays reading public, only the most drastic part of the headline will hold their attention for more than half a second. So the true description of the event, such as, for instance, "Student stabs four and is shot by police", naturally loses in the unending battle for the reader's attention.

Otherwise, the story, which in its main points is similar to what is going on in Israel lately on daily basis, is unremarkable: a perp stabs several people, then is chased and shot by police officers, doing their duty:

The suspect fled the building and was chased by two police officers, said UC Merced Police Chief Al Vasquez.

"When the suspect turned toward the officer, an officer-involved shooting occurred and the suspect succumbed to his injuries," Vasquez said.
Unfortunately, events like this one happen everywhere.

Only - there is just one part of the world where such an event is followed up by:
  • Celebration of the stabbings
  • Denial of the fact that the police/army were doing exactly what they were supposed to do
  • Denial of the fact that the stabber carried a stabbing implement at all (I hope you see some dissonance between this denial and above mentioned celebration)
  • Accusations that police/army planted the said implement at the scene to justify the killing
  • Immediate support of all of the above by the (alleged) human rights organization
I wonder why.

Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke has identified the suspect in Wednesday's stabbing at UC Merced as Faisal Mohammad, an 18-year-old from Santa Clara.
Not that it changes a lot for the moment. Although this might:
The attack drew praise Thursday from a Twitter account associated with ISIS, Fox News reported, which just last week released a series of videos calling for lone wolf stabbing attacks.
'May Allah accept him,' read a tweet in Arabic from a Twitter account that has previously carried messages purporting to be from ISIS, just minutes after Mohammad's name was divulged by campus authorities.
Oh well. Time will show whether the youngster will become a martyr indeed.