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A vehicle ran into worshipers exiting mosque after midnight prayers for Ramadan in Northern London’s Finsbury Park district on Seven Sisters Road. One person has been arrested, reportedly, a white male. Fox News reports one dead, 10 injured. All injured have been removed to local hospitals. This is what is KNOWN.

What we do not know is whether this was an attack or an accident. Some reports say the vehicle was a van, others say it was a car. Some reports say that up to three men were involved, one with a knife. Some eyewitnesses say that the man arrested was detained by the bystanders until police arrived.

Watching the coverage unfold was more like watching it fold instead because the 24/7 news has so much time to fill, they will say something to fill up the dead air or have talking heads and pundits opine and speculate. Social media is much the same, with many getting their two cents worth in regardless of what they know.

There are several narratives already emerging. Some are decrying the media’s wording on reporting it as a “major incident” and are falsely saying if it wasn’t for the fact that the victims here were Muslims, the media would be rushing to call it “terrorism.” in my experience, the media most times has been slow to call an attack “terrorism.” We don’t yet know it was deliberate.

Some are reporting it as a “retaliatory” attack and have been blaming Tommy Robinson, a Brit who has called out Radical Islam, pouring out hate speech about his supposed “hate speech.” We don’t know yet that it was deliberate.

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There are two intertwined threads also emerging. One is that it was an ISIS attack designed, by targeting Muslims, to incite discord and division between societal factions leading to heightened civil unrest. This is a real possibility as it is right in line with ISIS’s playbook. The vast majority of radical Islamic terrorism’s victims has been Muslims. The other thread is that this was indeed a “false flag” attack, but by other unspecified people, but with the same end intended.

All of the above assume it was a deliberate attack, which it may well have been, but we do not know that yet. What we do know is that it is a tragedy calling for our concern and our payers.

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Eric Thönnesen

Born in Sav'h Ga. 1949. I spent most of my earliest years growing on my maternal grandparents farm in Bulloch Cty., Ga. just outside of Pembroke. I began writing verse at the age of 12 as a challenge to write the winning poem for the school paper and be printed. I won and have been writing ever since. Served on Annual staff and newspaper staff starting in jr. high, mostly photography at the beginning. Began the study of journalism in high school where as a member of the newspaper staff i became the first junior to receive the Quill & Scroll. Then I made possibly the worst mistake of my life...I decided to major in psychology at Georgia Southern College (now University). That didn't work out, and neither did college. Fatherhood was calling. Over the years i have served in many functions, both as a minister, and as a bouncer at a downtown club. When the "empty nest" came i began tinkering around with social media, mostly as a venue to share my poetry or perhaps a story. Then i wrote a few op-eds and posted them on my personal page. Much to my surprise, they got very good (small...but good) responses. Then all this craziness hit. I decided to create an alternate page in an effort to keep my personal page peaceful. Thought Project IX was born. A mixture of news, opinion, humor, know, all that deplorable stuff. My wife of 48 yrs. minus 1 week passed away in Nov. after a 5 yr. battle with neuro-endocrine cancer that metastasized from her liver.


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