Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

Barcelona Attack

August 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Our prayers today for the people of Spain, and the multinational victims of the terrorist attack in which a van was driven into a crowd of people in Barcelona, killing at least 13 and injuring over 50 more. Hours later, a similar attack occurred in Cambrils, Spain.

This is an ongoing and constantly updated story, so I won’t go into the detail except to note that a suspect has been named, a Moroccan-born man named Driss Oukabir. There have been other arrests and shootouts with five terror suspects killed in what appears to be a long-planned and far-reaching terrorist plot. And ISIS has taken credit for the attack. Keep watching the news for regular updates as they come in.

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Even in the midst of the horror and tragedy in Barcelona, some American news media outlets just couldn’t stop trying to find a way to hang all bad news on Donald Trump. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer actually pondered aloud about whether the van attack might be a copycat of the Charleston white supremacist car killer. Presumably, that would reflect some guilt onto Trump because…why? Is he somehow responsible for the car killer in Charlottesville because CNN didn’t like the way he reacted to it? And no, it wasn’t a copycat of Charlottesville. It was obviously a long-planned terrorist attack, like the eight other jihadist-inspired vehicle attacks that have struck Europe or Israel just since January 1 of this year.

This kind of kneejerk response to blame everything bad that happens on Trump is so ingrained at places like CNN that they do it even when it makes them look like idiots. It’s like trying to stop a freight train: it’s been rolling so long so fast in one direction with a big, heavy load of manure that they couldn’t stop even if they knew they were about to go right off the rails.

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The media coverage of the Barcelona attack provided a sharp contrast with the recent Charlottesville vehicle killing. Some observers noted that while the media and Democrats ripped President Trump for taking 48 hours to denounce the perpetrator as an alt-right white supremacist when he claimed he was waiting for accurate information on what happened, the same critics do everything possible to avoid mentioning radical Islam even long after they know it was an ISIS-inspired attack. Isn’t there some reasonable compromise between rushing to judgement and refusing to display any judgement whatsoever?

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