Inconvenient Anger

The man was identified in French media reports as Mohammed Merah, a French national of Algerian descent. Interior Minister Claude Guéant, speaking at the site, said the man told negotiators that he belonged to Al Qaeda and that the attacks were meant to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children and to protest French military deployments abroad.

via French Police Raid Toulouse House – NYTimes.com.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier that he was “infuriated” by what he called “the comparison between a deliberate massacre of children and the defensive, surgical actions” of the Israeli military

via Comparison of Gaza and French School Attack Angers Israel – NYTimes.com.

…the shootings at Toulouse have raised new questions about the tone and tenor of the debate here about what it is to be French. A debate on the role of immigration, assimilation, halal butchering, street prayers, the full veil and other elements of cultural difference is inevitably about French identity — and the nature of tolerance and intolerance.

via Killings Could Taint French Presidential Campaign – NYTimes.com.

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