…and jumping to conclusions.
Completely emotionally drained from yesterday’s bullshit, I went to bed early. Early enough that I didn’t stay glued to the news as I usually do when stories such as these break.
This morning, I woke up and did my usual routine of coffee grab, dog duty, breakfast for the Milkface and checking Facebook for birthday reminders. I was distracted by two things at the top of my feed: an article from The Local – Germany and a rambling verbal tantrum about Obama’s failure to protect German citizens from Muslims who want to see the world burn. It came as no surprise that an American would ignore basic facts and twist a story to suit a political narrative: Obama is the problem, our foreign policy is weak, we are soft on terror, we enable terrorism by allowing immigrants entry into our country.
The tragedy in Munich is not an IS related incident. The tragedy in Munich was committed by a man called Ali Sonboly who was born and raised in Munich. He has no ties to IS. Per reports, Sonboly was obsessed with mass killers and inspired by Anders Breivik.
For those who do not remember Anders Breivik, he is the far-right extremist who shot up a summer camp on Utøya in Norway in July 2011. Breivik had written a manifesto of explaining his ideology and his desire to to deport all Muslims from Europe. In short, he’s a racial purist. Utøya was carried out as a means to draw attention to his manifesto.
This morning, there are people who are inferring that the atrocity in Munich is related to the nightmares in Nice, Paris and Istanbul. This line of thinking needs to stop immediately. We must understand the difference between Utøya and Munich and Nice, Paris and Istanbul. Utøya and Munich were perpetrated by members of the far-right who want Muslims, non-whites and immigrants out of their country.
Not unlike many people who are currently supporting Donald Trump’s “platform.”
Obama is not the problem. Muslims are not the problem. Hispanics are not the problem. Immigrants are not the problem. The problem is with people who are reluctant to embrace change, accept those who are different (from them) and perpetuate hate because they are unabashedly ignorant. The problem is with those who live in a fear of losing control and no longer being a majority. The problem is with those who actually believe that being white and Christian means that they are better than those who are not.