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Jumping To Conclusions
by Richard Fernandez
The news article reads like a scene from Marvel Comics. The Washington Post reports that a "French soldier [was] stabbed in neck by robed attacker" in Paris. Robed? You mean like Dr. Strange? Then follow a few more tantalizing details.
"The lone attacker was described as a young man wearing a Muslim prayer cap and a North African-style robe called a jellabah. According to a police account, he was monitored on security cameras and seen shedding his robe and fleeing in European clothes before disappearing into the crowd in a subway and suburban train entrance."
The Independent deepens the mystery by reporting that "French President Francois Hollande said the identity of the attacker, who escaped, was unknown and cautioned against jumping to conclusions about the assault on the uniformed soldier in the La Defense shopping area." Jumping to conclusions apparently is something that has very serious consequences, as the very same Independent reports that two men were arrested for "allegedly making offensive comments on Twitter about the murder of a British soldier in Woolwich. Complaints were made to police about comments that appeared on the social networking website, which were of an allegedly racist or anti-religious nature."
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