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May 23, 2017

Manchester Suicide Bomber Named: Gary "The Garester" Eddington

Nah just fuckin wit ya, it's Salman Abedi, and the keening cries warning against #Backlash! have begun.

Question: Why is there never a warning about Backlash before the suspect is named?

Answer: Because if the suspect turns out to be one of the few the media can claim are "right wing" (Nazis, etc.), then the media does not warn against backlash, but actively crusades in favor of it.

If this guy turned out to be anything that could be plausibly mischaracterized as right wing -- tweeted in favor of Brexit, etc. -- the media would be blaming this right now on Donald Trump and his supporters, and demanding they take accountability for their hatred.

But, it's not, so the media set down its "Backlash is Good and Necessary" script and picked up its "Backlash is Bad" script.

Born in Manchester in 1994, the second youngest of four children his parents were Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime.

His parents were both born in Libya but appear to have emigrated to London before moving to the Fallowfield area of south Manchester where they have lived for at least ten years.

Here's a very common claim:

Yes, but a large, large number of terrorists are in fact second-generation sons of immigrant families. Think of the Tsarnaevs, and many, many others.

That's a fact -- and it is also a fact that had the first generation not been admitted, the second generation could not have murdered the population that welcomed them.

One can see how this happens. Young men (in particular) have outsized egos and enjoy heroic narratives they can pretend to be a part of. They also tend to be easy targets for Identity Politics/Racist messaging and conspiracy theories, puffing themselves up as heroes fighting against the Jews/Blacks/Whites/Muslims/Christians/Whoever.

We see this pattern again and again as the second generation of immigrant families, searching for some kind of identity, purpose, and "heroic" role for themselves, picks up the mantle of intense and dangerous hyper-ethnocism their parents may have been fleeing in the first place.

From a Sean Spicer parody account (note he spells it Sean Spicier);

A CNN analyst has already claimed it's actually a right-wing "false flag" attack:

CNN is always screaming about the craziness of conservative conspiracy theories -- but they are warmly receptive to conspiracy theories emanating from their fellow hardcore progressive agitators.

Meanwhile, the same prog toads that shriek that we must not "normalize" Trump are now counseling that we must normalize Islamic terror:

This only goes to prove that we must Impeach Trump Immediately, obviously -- as I'm told was the talking point on CNN and MSNBC last night, as both networks chose to ignore the Manchester attack and only occasionally run a chyron about it. (A commenter tells me my source is wrong and that CNN did cover it, some. Obviously, though, I was being a bit hyperbolic in my original claim.)

I'll Ride With You Update: The "invent false stories to change the narrative" script has been deployed already.

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posted by Ace at 03:01 PM

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