Friday, March 03, 2006

Developing Story in North Carolina

Fox News reports that an Iranian man drove into a crowd at a university in North Carolina. The man surrendered to police, and the FBI was called in after he allegedly made statements as to avenging American misdeeds against muslims. It will be interesting what they find. Link to story here.

I'm sooooooo glad we let him into the country, aren't you? (allegedly)

Add On: Alan at I-clock tells me the Fox Link has disappeared! Thanks Alan. Here's
another link at ABC News.

ADD ON: Michelle Malkin has been covering this quite well. So far, it dosen't appear that Mo here was part of a larger plot, but it was definately a terrorist act of one:

"A man who admits that he intentionally plowed into nine people on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus last week told authorities he was disappointed that more people were not around when he carried out the attack. In a search warrant released Tuesday, Mohammed Taheri-azar also told authorities that for two years, he had been thinking about some type of attack because "the United States government had been killing his people across the sea."
Taheri-azar said he had been carefully planning Friday's attack for two months and had rented the Jeep Cherokee that he drove on campus so that he could "run over things and keep going."
According to the warrant, Taheri-azar also told authorities he had been armed with pepper spray and a knife in the event that he was threatened or trapped."

He is charged with 9 counts of attempted murder and his bail was set at 5.5 million dollars.


At 12:10 AM, Blogger Alan_McDonald said...


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At 2:28 PM, Anonymous alison said...

Flippin 'eck. So what was the outcome. Did this make major headlines with lots of fuss??

At 8:04 PM, Blogger Alan_McDonald said...


It was on the various network news shows. He sounds like a nutter to me. I also noticed that the local campus Republicans called a rally at the site of the incident to keep the home fires burning.

At 10:29 PM, Blogger Chas said...

Alan, I do think he was a lone nut. But don't you think campus Democrats should protest such actions as well?

At 10:49 PM, Blogger Alan_McDonald said...

No, I think the police authorities should handle these criminal events and the judicial system should prosecute the offenders. That is one of the benefits of living in a civilized country.

On the other hand, I think a serious debate on issues like:
1. How the War(s) Is (Are) Going?
2. What Are We Going to do About Nukes in Iran (India, Pakistan, etc.)?
3. Will Anyone Enforce Immigration Laws?
should be promoted on a biparitsan basis.

At 12:18 AM, Blogger MonicaR said...

No? Democrats should not protest islamist terrorist bastards trying to kill us? I don't understand this Alan.

At 2:51 PM, Anonymous alison said...

No I have to say I dont either. Both Democrats and Republicans should be out in force stating if you have a grievance living in a civilized country you do not mow down innocent people to make your point. Im angry about how women are treated in Iran. Im angry noone in the West is remotely concerned. But I wouldnt start randomly ploughing down male politicians to make my point.

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Alan_McDonald said...

All right, Ladies, calm down.
What's all this about street demonstrations? We should all be "out in force" reminding people that we are a society of laws? Is that how you measure the effectiveness of your judicial system? You both sound like Peter Finch in "Network" yelling I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!

All right, Ladies, you've convinced me.
Tell me where to go to sign up for the "Impeach Bush" rally.

At 5:57 PM, Blogger Chas said...

Alan, I think if it was a redneck plowing down a gay pride parade, the Dems would be out in force. But then would the Republicans? I have to answer in all honesty prob. not. It seems all of us are locked into our worldviews, and we ignore "things that don't compute."

At 11:17 PM, Blogger MonicaR said...

You think that a futile attempt at impeaching Bush is more important than standing united against islamofascism?

Okay. Let me regroup here. Are you concerned at all about islamofascism in America, Alan?

At 10:55 PM, Blogger Alan_McDonald said...


Not ducking the subject, but I've been busy working of late. The short answer to your question is, Yes, I am concerned, but I'll need more time to explain.

At 12:21 AM, Blogger MonicaR said...

I am SO glad to hear that.

At 7:28 PM, Blogger Alan_McDonald said...


My hesitation in answering has to do with my trying to understand the parameters of this discussion. I raised the partisan issue by referring to the rally that followed the incident in Chapel Hill, North carolina. I wondered, without expressing it, what the purpose of the rally was.

To get a perspective on the rally, I read Students Are Terrorized. But It’s Not “Terrorism”? by Shannon Blosser from National Review Online. I'm sure you'll agree with the author that the purpose of Taheri-azar was at least terrorism and at most murder.

Her article ends with the following observation:
When we described incidents for what they are, we do not paint broad strokes of judgment on an entire group of people. Do we refer to all pro-life advocates as bomb-wielding terrorists because of the likes of North Carolina's Eric Rudolph? No. Mohammad Reza Taheri-azar tried to kill students in Chapel Hill last week in the service of a wicked ideology. In the process, he has exposed not only the continuing danger of domestic terrorism but also the inability of some leaders and communities to recognize that danger and take it seriously.

I hope we can agree that people like Taheri-azar and Rudolph are terrorists and that they must be stopped.

At 3:05 PM, Blogger MonicaR said...

They are terrorists. I don't understand the hesitation?

Alan - I am scouring the world trying to find those 'moderate muslims' everyone seems to be talking about. Out of a world of many billion people, I've found a couple of candidates but they seem to be a bit shaky.

As far as abortion bombers go - I can find several million Christians who would quickly (and without hesitation) denounce violence and murder being perpetrated to advance the cause of 'life'.

I'm waiting. I'm searching for those 'moderate muslims'. I do not feel very hopeful.


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