When off-duty Turkish police officer Mevlut Merk Altintas assassinated Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov at an art museum in Ankara, Turkey, on Monday, he seemed to make his reason quite clear.
According to The Daily Beast, which generally shies away from recognizing the religious motive of terrorist attackers as it doesn’t fit its narrative of Islam being peaceful, the assassin was unequivocal that the murder was part of the broader jihad being waged by Islamist extremists.
“We will not forget Aleppo! We will not forget Syria! No one can be safe as long as our brothers there are not!” he reportedly yelled in Turkish.
That, however, was accompanied by an Arabic phrase that has become standard fare for Islamist attacks: “Allahu akbar! (God is greatest.) We are the ones who pledged to Muhammad on the terms of jihad as long as we live!”
CNN noted the unmistakable pronouncement from the terrorist in its coverage of the assassination, but in doing so revealed its own priority — protecting the broader Islamic faith from being tarnished by the actions of extremist terrorists, often at the expense of the whole truth of a story.
Reporter Nic Robertson wrote, “At first glance the attack seems to have a religious motivation. The gunman shouted ‘Allahu akbar,’ but there is no guarantee he represents Muslims of any sort.”
As The Daily Caller rightly pointed out, “(O)ne of CNN’s priorities was apparently to claim the jihadi doesn’t ‘speak for Muslims,’ as if people might think he were an elected official and not a murderous Islamic extremist.”
Indeed, it must have been obvious to most people that individual actions don’t necessarily represent an entire larger group, something gun owners have been trying to convince the left of for years as liberals insist on linking all gun crime to lawful gun owners.
Of course the same holds true for Muslims around the world, as by far most of them are not murderous terrorists. It is both unnecessary and more than a little annoying for CNN to incessantly remind us after each terrorist attack that the evil individuals who commit atrocities don’t wholly represent the group they originate from.
Now if CNN would kindly get back to simply reporting the news and refrain from shoving a preferred narrative down the public’s throat at every opportunity, that would be great.
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