I have also heard the usual bewilderment as to how a young French-born man, albeit of North African Islamic descent, could become so indoctrinated against Jews and Western soldiers. The blame is being put on this man travelling to Pakistan and Afghanistan but I would suggest that it is more likely that he made trips because he had already been 'radicalised'. Why would a non-radicalised man travel to Afghanistan?
So how could a young Muslim man become radicalised in southern France. Well he could worship at a mosque where the Quran and Hadith are used to show how Jews are apes and swine and how the hour of resurrection will not come 'until you fight the Jews. The Jew will hide behind stones or trees. Then the stones or trees will call: 'Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.'
Maybe he listened to Islamist groups such as Hamas that teach all the above as well as opening declaring that all Jews should be killed with comments such as this:
'"Regarding the Jews, our business with them is only through bombs and guns... the prophet [Muhammad] promised that we will fight you, with Allah's help, until the tree and stone say: "Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him."
Maybe he listened to the sort of leftists who refuse to criticise such comments or pretend that those who make the comments don’t really mean it or are quoted out of context or even justify the hate-speech as just being the words of the oppressed who can’t be held to the same standards of their oppressors.
Maybe he listened to those even more extreme elements of the left who spread extreme anti-Israeli propaganda and whose views are happily given publicity and legitimacy by the likes of the BBC, The Guardian and The Independent. The sort of people who spread lies about Israeli actions such as over al-Dura, the Badawi lie etc. if you don't know what I am talking about here then you clearly rely too much on the BBC, Guardian & Independent and indeed The Telegraph, Times, Mail and most British news media.
Listen out over the coming days for other excuses to be made for Mohammed Merah's murderous exploits; poverty will be surely be cited any day now.