36 hours after beheading in Canada bus, no new information
(In this entry, I theorize that the Canadian authorities are covering up the killer’s Muslim background, and I speculate as to why they are doing this.)
As I pointed out last night, every news report yesterday about the stabbing, gutting, and beheading of a young man on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba Wednesday evening at 8:30 p.m. relied primarily on the same interview with the same passenger. There was virtually no information from other passengers, and there was zero information from Canadian police, not even the name of the suspect, because, the Mounties spokesman said, giving out any information would “compromise” the investigation! Most of the stories were published/posted yesterday afternoon. And here we are, a day later, a full 36 hours after the murder, and Google reveals no further stories on the incident, except for one from the BBC and another from the Belfast Telegraph, both of which merely repeat what was already in yesterday’s stories.
I can think of only one explanation for this news blackout. It is that the killer is indeed a Muslim, and that the news is so shocking, its implications so frightening,—Canadians might be slaughtered and beheaded, anywhere, any time—that the ultra-PC Canadian authorities, than whom only the Brits are PC-er, can’t handle it. Because, if the killer is a Muslim, as seems very likely, it would mean that Canada (and every Western country with a Musulman population) has now become like Israel, where death-by-Islam can occur to anyone, any time, any place. The Israelis, surrounded by and filled with Arabs, seem to have no choice in the matter. But will the citizens of Canada and other Western countries accept living under permanent threat of random beheadings from their resident Muslims (as the authorities would, of course, prefer)? Or will they start to demand the removal of Muslims? You know, the way extremists like me have been urging for the last several years? My guess is that the Canadian authorities simply cannot bear to release the identity of the killer/beheader, because they sense that the information could give birth to popular resistance to Canada’s liberal inclusive order. So they are delaying giving out the facts as long as possible. It’s basically the tried and true Bill Clinton approach of managing damaging revelations. The more time that passes between the initial release of devastating news (e.g., the news about Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, in January 1998), and the release of the full truth about that news (e.g. the blue dress, about seven months later), the more time the public has to get used to the news and the more muted is their response to it. The Western countries today are not self-governing democracies; they are technocratically managed populations of passive Eloi.
By the way, even though scores of blogs covered the story yesterday, Jihad Watch has not mentioned it. The Corner has not mentioned it. And, speaking of Monica Lewinsky, the Drudge Report, which generally loves shocking news, has not mentioned it.
On the two percent or so chance that you are wrong (more likely zero percent) you are still covered by claiming that you smoked ‘em out by claiming that a Muslim did it .This in turn made the authorities either belatedly fess up or deny it.Another brilliant coup for you.RK writes:
Don’t be so quick to conclude this. Yes, it could be a Mohammedan, but I was also thinking maybe a crazed or drugged-up Indian (i.e., feathers-not-dot, or “first nation”) or perhaps an African or Asian immigrant. But unless it’s the child of some VIP, it’s clear Derbyshire’s Law (one of them, anyway) is in play here—“if he was white, they’d have told us.”LA replies:
I wasn’t quick to conclude it. Apart from asking in the headline of the post last night whether this might be jihad, in the entry I said nothing further about the possibility of his being a Muslim. I just gave the available facts and the sources where I had found them.Tim W. writes:
What’s happening in Canada sounds like when you read crime reports in the L.A. Times and the perpetrator has an hispanic name but there is a conspicuous omission of his background, residence, or nationality. You just automatically KNOW what the Times knows but doesn’t want to tell you: He’s an illegal alien from Mexico. You can bet on it and you’ll never lose.LA replies:
What they do is, they release the Hispanic name of the suspect (who later turns out to be an illegal alien), with no other information than that he’s an “Iowa” man, or a “Rhode Island” man, or a “Houston” man. He may have been residing in Houston for a month, but he’s already a “Houston man,” as though he had been living there his whole life.E. writes from Florida:
Are we sure the guy was not a Muslim? We’ll know more in a few more days. I’m sure the Canadian authorities are VERY reluctant to release info on the guy’s background. This is all very embarrassing to Canada. Are the Canadian media carrying the story? I know it’s getting amazingly little press in the U.S. Strange, given that it’s the most bizarre story of the year. Ride the intercity bus—get beheaded while sleeping.Starra writes:
You are ignorant in your understanding of the Canadian law and order process.LA replies:
So you’re saying that it’s routine, even after a major crime, for the authorities, even thought they have the suspect’s name, to wait at least a couple of days before releasing his name and other information. I guess that’s just too slow for us impatient Americans.Julie S. writes:
Regarding your August 1 entry about the beheading suspect, could you please elaborate on why his country of origin and his religion matter in trying to understand the motivation for his crime.LA replies:
Leaving aside your cheeky comment about my being unable to answer your question, how can I possibly address your liberal assumption that there are no group differences that matter?James P. writes:
This clip is from the police radio, they say the killer was chopping the victim up and EATING him.LA replies:
IN the one half-decent photo I saw of him, he doesn’t look Chinese at all, but dark skinned, with bullet-shaped head, cropped hair, and powerful build.
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