Europeans love their Champions League football, but seem indifferent to team's bus being bombed

On Tuesday, three bomb blasts rocked the Borussia Dortmund German football club's bus as it traveled down an open wooded road. One Borussia player, Marc Bartra, suffered injuries in the explosions. He was immediately taken to the hospital.

Investigators traced the attack back to a radical Islamist from Iraq, who is currently in police custody. After the foreign-born suspect was identified, the German media stopped talking about the attack, perhaps in line with a new regulation that discourages media outlets from revealing whether terrorists have migrant backgrounds.

Subsequently, one German media source, Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten (DNN), pushed aside the news of the attack in favor of a story about the mayor and free coffee:



Normally, the same news source is looking for any news related to football because Europe is passionate about football and, presumably, so is their readership:







Granted, most of the sports headlines concern the local team, Dynamo Dresden, because DNN is headquartered in Dresden. But imagine tomorrow a bomb explodes on the Dallas Cowboys' team bus and, here in Chicago, the media decides to focus on a story about free coffee. Or a Manchester United team bus is attacked and the Liverpool Echo decides to feature a report on the mayor dispensing free tea.

The German media that happens to be mentioning the bombing has navigated through the subject in a peculiar way, too:




The suspect has links to ISIS/IS or ISIL, but these terms, which are also used in the German langauge, do not appear in the reports above. Nor is anything said about Islamisten (Islamists), Daesch (Daesh), Dshihadisten (jihadists) or Islamischer Staat (Islamic State), which are some of the other terms that might expect to encounter.

For a comparison, let's look at how the major news sources in the English-speaking world, free from the Merkel regime's dictates, are covering the bombing:






What do you see? Iraqi, ISIS, Islamist, Iraqi, Islamic, Islamists, ISIS. All the references which were missing from the German articles.

Aside from ignoring or anonymizing the attacks, another tactic employed has been carrying on as if nothing has happened, and doing so as quickly as possible. For example, the Borussia football team was instructed to play its match the day after the attack. Not surprisingly, the team was quite unhappy with the decision.
We are being treated as if "someone had thrown a beer at our coach," the team mananger said angrily. A defender for Borussia, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, was also annoyed by the decision. He suggested that the tournament organizers should not treat the players like "animals."

But the show must go on and the stars must be herded so the rest of the cattle are not spooked. Do not question the path Europe is on. Never question the path Europe is on. Especially in an election year.

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