Now that French anti-terror police have fatally shot Mohammed Merah, the French-born Algerian jihadist suspected in the murders of three French paratroopers, three Jewish children and a rabbi, it's worth commending their refusal to go along with the international media's speculative and politically correct witch-hunt for a fictional "far-right" killer.
After a prolonged 33-hour siege on Merah's apartment hideout, the police finally felled Merah with a bullet to the head. But that decisive resolution would have been highly unlikely had they deferred to the media consensus and gone after what reports in the French and foreign press emphatically suggested was a "right-wing assassin," or "a marksman with far-right views," perhaps one who had taken "inspiration from Anders Behring Breivik," the Norwegian ultra-nationalist and mass murderer who killed 77 people.
In keeping with its ideologically preferred suspect, one popular press theory was that the Toulouse murderer was one of the neo-Nazi soldiers dismissed from the French army in 2008 after being photographed giving the Nazi salute behind a Swastika-emblazoned flag. "The French army has people in its ranks who may be tempted by extremism," one French daily mused darkly. Before long, tabloids were blaring about a "hunt for Nazi soldiers."