There has been a multiple shooting at a shopping centre near the German city of Munich. Nine people are dead, with many more injured. This was the work, apparently, of one lone gunman who later shot and killed himself. No motive for the attack has been established. But the suspected attacker was an 18-year-old who held German and Iranian nationality, which is all that The Usual Suspects need to go into rant overdrive.
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And that means someone, somewhere has decided that the Scary Muslims (tm) are the ones Wot Done It. Some of those thus pronouncing are especially vulnerable to the inevitable paranoia, coming as it does on the back of the deeply paranoid mood at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH. Their number includes pro-am motormouth Katie Hopkins, whose state of mind was already precarious.
We could see this earlier in the week, as she frothed “We are about to grant visas to the Turks due to the state of their peace-loving, democratic nation *takes head for a wobble*”. That’s why we aren’t, and many Turks are having their passports withdrawn. Then a little incitement to murder: “6th & 7th arrests made in connection to Nice truck- twat. 'Lone wolf'?! Like I said, these animals hunt in packs. Put them down in packs too”.
Her rage at the Nice attack had only one target: “Mohammed. But his wife will be amazed as he was a peace loving guy. And his friends will say he wasn't a real Muslim”. He wasn’t. And as for Channel 4 and Fatima Manji, well, “Sod off. Quick [sic] complaining about an article and complain about another Islamic nut-job driving a truck into children”.
Every incident that could be used to demonise Muslims was used: “Mother + 3 kids stabbed by a man - Mohammed - for being scantily clad in France and still news agencies say; motive of the attack unclear’”. Her solution to anything called terrorism? Simples: “Shut down the border. Send in the military. And clear the bastards out”.
All of which brings us to the RNC, which Hatey Katie attended. It was right up her street, all the talk of instant law and order: “We must suspend immigration from any country infiltrated by terror. #RNCinCLE Sadly, that now includes the weakened UK”. We’ve been “weakened”? How did that happen? Who knows, and indeed, who cares? But she does know the Muslims are coming for her: “It [sic] accept it may happen. And my killer will be a 'lovely guy who was well liked at the mosque’”. And so to the Munich attack.
Who might have done it? Forget analysis: “Munich. At what point will Germany hold Merkel accountable for welcoming terror into their shops, trains and homes. Sod your hashtags”. And just to make sure, Ms Hopkins had a poll where her devoted followers could confirm that they believed what she wanted them to. “Munich. No one can agree if shooter(s) shouted ‘F*ck foreigners’ or ‘Allahu Akbar’ Let's play Own The Terror”. Just fancy that - 62% decided, without any evidence, that it was The Muslims Wot Done It.
Paranoia and post-truth politics come together in Katie Hopkins, but the worst thing about it is that people pay her money to come out with this rabble-rousing hate speech.