Terror in Toulouse: Not Casting Against Type
The victims: Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, his two sons, Gavriel, 6, Aryeh, 3, and Miriam Monsonego, 7, daughter of the school's headmaster.
When this story first broke yesterday I assumed the killer was Muslim.
I know, this marks me as a bigot. More enlightened citizens figured the killer as Mormon or Catholic.
The really enlightened--American liberals--tagged the murderer as a member of the Tea Party.
An Israeli Zaka volunteer stands next to the bodies of Monday's shootings in a morgue before their funeral in Jerusalem today. Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, his sons Aryeh, 5, and Gavriel, 4, and seven-year-old Miriam Monsonego were gunned down.
And geopolitical sophisticates will, no doubt, cast this as a Mossad operation carried out in order to make Muslims look bad.
INTERPOLATION: In Hollywood, when casting a film we look for certain types and we cast actors whose personae fit that type. But sometimes we cast against type. We do this to confound audience expectations and bring a whole new dimension to the movie One of the best examples of casting against type was when Tony Curtis, the amiable boy next door, was cast as the Boston Strangler in the 1968 movie. His performance was chilling and brilliant.
Well, in France they're not casting against type.
It's shocking, just shocking, but the confessed butcher of Toulouse is named Mohammed, a Muslim multi-tasker with the standard grievances--Jews, Israel, Jews, Israel, blah, blah, blah--who shoots Jewish children at point blank range while simultaneously filming the act.
In Jerusalem, Mrs. Eva Sandler grieves for her husband and two sons. Eva Sandler is pregnant and arrived in Israel with her remaining child, a toddler.
A self-confessed Al Qaeda terrorist thought to have murdered seven people across southwest France over the past two weeks was going to post footage of his crimes online today, he claimed.
Mohammed Mera, 24, told news channel France 24?s editor Ebba Kalondo at 1am this morning he had 'filmed everything' with a small video camera and 'intended to put the videos online'.
But just two hours later more than 300 armed police dramatically raided his Toulouse home - where three officers were injured - and he is now cornered and under siege.
He has been described as 'armed and dangerous' with a cache including an Uzi machine gun and Kalashnikov assault rifle, with police saying he is likely to kill again.
It has also emerged he was being tracked by French security services 'for years' and had broken out of a jail in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as part of a mass Taliban escape in 2008.
He said he is punishing France's army for its foreign interventions and the plight of Palestinian children - and has promised to give himself up later today.
He earlier threw a pistol from a window, in exchange for a 'communication device' - and police are now blowing entry points into the building in preparation for a raid.
The suspected serial killer is thought to have killed a Rabbi and three pupils at a Jewish school in the city on Monday, and to have assassinated three soldiers last week.
French Interior Minister Claude Gueant said the man, a French-Algerian who had made several visits to Afghanistan, was acting out of revenge for France's military involvement in the country.
The man, who describes himself as an Islamic warrior, also wanted to take revenge for what he describes as the 'murder' of Palestinian children by Israeli forces.
'He claims to be a Mujahideen and to belong to Al Qaeda,' said Mr Gueant, who is at the scene of the tense stand-off.