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Jordan Candler / November 20, 2015

Just Who Are These ‘Gunmen’?

Hint: They’re not white Christian bigots.

More tragedy struck Mali today, where reports indicate Confederate flag-wielding, Second Amendment-advocating white Christian bigots murdered several people and took scores more hostage. Not really, though that’s what the Leftmedia would like to say. Instead, it’s using a term that’s recycled when labeling people isn’t politically opportune. Take it away, Washington Post: “Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital on Friday, killing at least three people and taking about 170 hostages in a city that serves as a logistics hub for French forces helping in a fight against Islamist insurgents.”

Scratch that. Let’s try again: “Gunmen Islamic terrorists stormed a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital on Friday…” In the sixth graph — strategically placed, no doubt — the Post notes, “Malian army commander Modibo Nama Traore said at least 10 gunmen stormed the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ — ‘God is great’ in Arabic — then fired on guards and began rounding up hostages.” The Islamists are said to have freed hostages “able to recite a Muslim profession of faith.” Hey, who says terrorists aren’t charitable?

It’s no coincidence that the attack comes just days after Boko Haram is suspected of killing 32 in a Nigerian bombing and a slew of other high-casualty attacks. The Islamic State recently bombed a Russian plane carrying more than 200 before going on a rampage in Paris, killing another 129. While no group has claimed responsibility for the Mali tragedy, that’s really beside the point, because all Islamic extremists fall under the same umbrella. It’s an ideology that won’t be changed by regulating carbon emissions, which is what the Left says drives these jihadis to carry out these gruesome assaults. But they’ll gladly accept Western leaders using it as a scapegoat. What lunacy.

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