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• Mohammed Merah is dead, killed in a hail of bullets as he jumped out a window firing on police.
• Must read: Mark Steyn nails Big Media’s 4 Stages of Toulouse Coverage. In a nutshell:
Stage One: The strange compulsion to assure us that the killer is a “right wing conservative extremist,” . . .
Stage Two: Okay, he may be called Mohammed but he’s a “lone wolf.” . . .
Stage Three: Okay, even if there are enough lone wolves around to form their own Radio City Rockette line, it’s still nothing to do with Islam. . . .
Stage Four: The backlash that never happens. . . .
• Memri sheds light on Fursan Al-’Izza, the French Al-Qaida group Merah was affiliated with.