In Philadelphia. Video here. The detail that he was chanting something in Arabic, as well as "Allah," is in the video -- only "Allah" is in the story below.
Now, I'm sure that if this attacker is caught, he will be found to be mentally ill, and will have no connection to terrorist groups, and only venomous Islamophobes will be attempting to link his actions to the global jihad. And maybe all of that will be true. However, the adherents of a religion that contains traditions about genocide ushering in the end times, and that has a developed doctrine, theology, and legal system that mandates warfare against and the subjugation of unbelievers, cannot forever profess surprise and indignation whenever anyone suggests that such material might incite people to commit acts of violence.
Is this guy a Muslim? A jihadist? I have no idea, and I am not saying he is. But the possibility cannot be dismissed out of hand when he chants "Allah" and mutters in Arabic while attacking a man he does not know with a hammer. In a sane society, government, media, and law enforcement would be calling upon American Muslim groups to do something about this -- to face up to the capacity of Islamic texts and teachings to incite violence, and to institute comprehensive, honest, inspectable programs teaching against jihad violence and Islamic supremacism. But this is hardly at this point a sane society.
"Subway attack caught on tape," by Dann Cuellar for 6ABC.com, September 8 (thanks to David):
PHILADELPHIA - September 8, 2008 - (WPVI) -- Police are asking the public for help captured a hammer-wielding attacker, who seemed to assault his prey for no apparent reason.
On Monday night, police released the video of the attack, in the hopes that someone can identify the man.
The attack happened back on Thursday at 12:15 a.m. onboard the SEPTA northbound Broad Street line.
The victim, 20-year-old Dewayne Taylor is seen dozing in his seat, listening to his ipod.
In the doorway, the assailant is standing with a young boy, about three to five years old.
He tells the child to sit down.
Then, he pulls out a large hammer out of a black and yellow book bag, and proceeds to pummel the victim.
After striking Taylor a number of times, the attacker grabs Taylor by the shoes and pulls him down to the floor, where the attack continues.
Then, the man throws Taylor off the train, where they struggle some more before the attacker disappears out of sight.
"According to the victim, the male continued to assault him and tried to throw him into the track area," said Det. Kenneth Roach of the Philadelphia Police Dept.
Taylor told Action News last week that all throughout the attack, the man kept chanting something, and he distinctly recalled the word "Allah."...