Some simple math, courtesy Ben Debney in Counterpunch: "France has 6 million Muslims; if one tenth of one percent of these were jihadists, that percentage would amount to a hard core of 6,000. If France has that many jihadists, they are exceptionally lazy. If not, terrorism is not a specifically Muslim problem." Judging all Muslims by the assholes who bomb people would be like judging all pro-lifers by Scott Roeder.
And on cue: hopelessly moronic CNN anchors berate French Muslim for not "accept(ing) responsibility" for the Paris attacks. No one blames the murderers for murder anymore? One of the hopeless morons even says "I have yet to hear the condemnation from the Muslim community on this," which can only mean he's not listening, possibly because he's stuffed his walking-around money in his ears. I wish I could just ignore these morons, but because we don't have a la carte cable packaging in America, I'm still paying their salaries when I pay my cable bill, so I can't ignore them.
Juan Cole reminds us that the "20th century death toll" doesn't support the notion that Muslims are somehow uniquely murderous. Highly interesting fact: Belgian Christians alone killed four times as many folks, in the Congo alone, as Muslims killed in the entire 20th century, and Belgium was not among the two most active European nation in Africa. And in a world where even Buddhist monks have supported mass killing, you can't attribute the violence to one religion, even if it gets you hard.
Lydia Wilson discusses "What I Discovered from Interviewing ISIS Prisoners." Most ISIS fighters you find in prison cite the American occupation of Iraq as a galvanizing moment, but many of these also say they only joined ISIS because ISIS terrorized them and their families. ISIS is not in the habit of rescuing prisoners, which might inflect their testimony, but it's quite interesting to see prisoners passing up the opportunity to preach the ISIS gospel. Then again, ISIS apparently provides rather less religious indoctrination than their forebears in did. You have to wonder why.
Finally, Hillary Clinton invokes 9.11 in order to defend her campaign donations from Wall Street. She left unsaid, of course, why massive Wall Street donations remain so necessary so long after 9.11. "Invoking 9.11 to defend donations from banksters" is, of course, the kind meme even a bankster-worshiping Republican nominee can use against her, but I'm not sure it's as bad as the fact that she didn't actually answer Sen. Sanders's charge against her (that banksters give her money because they know they're going to get something in return).