March 6, 2006, - 10:07 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Considerable media attention has focused on Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar‘s “drive-through” attempted mass-murder of students at the University of North Carolina.
But it’s hardly the first such attack by a Muslim college student (Taheri-Azar is a recent grad of UNC and an Iranian native) in America, this year. Flashback to Ali R. Warrayat, Arizona State student and Palestinian native of Jordan, and his drive-through attack at Home Depot in mid-December. Like Taheri-Azar, Warrayat was also in his early twenties.
Images on Warrayat’s “computer depicted men lighting Molotov cocktails and a cartoon of two bloodied and dead children with a Middle Eastern flag in the background.” He said he attacked because he was mad at the U.S. for proposing (but never implementing) the idea to put a wall on our border with Mexico.
Taheri-Azar said his attack was fomented to “avenge the deaths or murders of Muslims around the world.”
In both instances, authorities refused to call it what it is: Islamic terrorism.
While Taheri-Azar used his perceived “war on Muslims” and–reportedly the Mohammed cartoons–as his excuse, Warrayat–who had the Koran with him–used the lack of open borders (who is he kidding about that?) as his excuse. Borders in December, war and cartoons in March. There’s never a shortage of excuses–but never a legitimate reason–for extremist Muslims to attack innocent Americans.
Question: Did they hijack their religion . . . or did it hijack them?
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