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Deadly attack rocks central Liege in Belgium

Posted by That Other Mike on 13/12/2011

BBC News – Deadly attack rocks central Liege in Belgium

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A gunman has opened fire in the centre of the Belgian city of Liege, killing at least three people and wounding 64 including a toddler, media say.

The man also threw grenades into a crowded square from a rooftop before killing himself, reports say.

The attacker was named as Nordine Amrani. He was known to police for firearms offences.

Earlier reports said at least two more men were involved, but city officials said the attacker acted alone.

The public prosecutor said terrorism was not a cause.

Amrani was jailed for 58 months in September 2008 for possessing firearms, media reports said.

Let’s count down the seconds until some wingnut blowhard connects this on no evidence whatsoever to Al Qaeda or the Muslim Brotherhood or whatever “Islamofascist” group is the boogeyman this week.

The worst thing about it, though, is that if the attack were somehow linked to an extremist Muslim group, the usual pundits would feel entirely justified in their linking it to Muslims, even knowing that they did so in a kneejerk, evidence-free way; and they will resolutely fail to understand why this is wrong, regardless of the outcome.

Ends do not justify means — the legitimacy of a result does not lie in it being the result you wanted, but in how you got there. If the only way you came to answer was through bigotry, doublethink or plain old lack of logical reasoning, your answer must be discounted, whether it is accidentally correct or not.

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