Derek Poarch, chief of the university’s police department, confirmed Saturday that Taheri-azar, a native of Iran, told investigators he wanted to “avenge the deaths or murders of Muslims around the world.” Poarch would not provide any other details of Taheri-azar’s motive.
No one was seriously hurt in the incident just before noon Friday at The Pit, a sunken, brick-paved area surrounded by two libraries, a dining hall and the student union near the center of campus.
I am glad to hear that no one is seriously hurt. The first reports I had read sounded much more serious. And now my comment: who in his right mind believes that running down university students at random will “avenge the deaths or murders of Muslims around the world”? I cannot put the whole blame on his religion because he could just be a loon, but how many times will we hear news of a Muslim committing crimes of violence in the name of his religion before we start asking ourselves, “Are these the acts of random nuts, or is this symptomatic of what Islam breeds?”
A quick reminder: pictures of panties on a prisoner’s head — Muslims riot and kill. Mistaken story of Quran desecration at Gitmo — Muslims riot and kill. Denmark prints some silly political cartoons — Muslims riot and kill. About 3,000 people die after planes strike the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon — Muslims dance in the street.
I think I’m leaning toward “symptomatic” nowadays. I wish I could believe otherwise.