The two knifemen who murdered a priest by slitting his throat and held two nuns and other hostages today in a church in Normandy, France reportedly shouted ‘Daesh’-an acronym for ISIS-as they attacked their victims, French police say. The police later shot and killed the perpetrators. It’s the latest in a string of attacks hitting Europe, which in the past seven days alone has included a Daesh-linked suicide bombing in Ansbach and an apparent lone wolf shooter gun down nine in Munich.
The motive for the attack is not yet known, but regardless, why would the Normandy assailants shout ‘Daesh’? Daesh is not the name the group uses to refer to itself; they call themselves ‘the Islamic State.’ In fact, Daesh dislikes being called ‘Daesh,’ which is why everyone from western politicians, rival groups in Syria and Iraq, and Arab media outlets such as this one refer to them as such.
That being said, should we expect that type of men who slit a priest’s throat are well-read on Daesh’s etymology? Perpetrators of such attacks are dismissed as stupid at our own peril, but as this attack was not very successful, perhaps they weren’t the smartest of the bunch.
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