Why We Look to Distinguish Robert Bales From Mohammed Merah
"Misfit, lunatic or cold-bloodied terrorist? As the presumed Toulouse serial killer Mohammed Merah died during a police raid on Thursday, France was searching for the true motivation behind his murderous rampage.
In a sombre tribute to three French soldiers shot dead in the streets of Toulouse and Montauban, President Nicolas Sarkozy said the killer sought to bring the Republic to its knees. “The Republic did not give in. The Republic did not retreat. The Republic did not weaken,” he told mourners at their military funeral parade on Wednesday."