Police are scratching their heads and wondering what Munir Muthana's motive could possibly be. And of course, maybe it had nothing to do with jihad at all. Whether it did or not, I'm sure we will hear from authorities and the media that it didn't. But this is -- as far as I know -- the fourth incident in the U.S. in recent years in which a Muslim intentionally tried to run down people with his car.
Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar explicitly grounded his action in the teachings of the Koran. If he had not done this, however, I'm sure the mainstream media would have constructed a non-Islamic explanation for what he did. Omeed Aziz Popal, we were told, was suffering from stress from an arranged marriage. And Ismail Yassin Mohamed, we were informed, was mentally ill, suffered from depression, and hadn't being taking his medication.
And now we have Munir Muthana. What will the explanation be? Look, maybe the explanations offered for Omeed Popal and Ismail Mohamed are perfectly accurate, but it is a mounting series of curious coincidences that these Muslims seem to have become unhinged in exactly the same way and expressed their madness in exactly the same way.
Can someone please send me stories about non-Muslims intentionally trying to run people down with their cars? Perhaps they will help put all this into perspective. Please send links to director[at]jihadwatch.org.
"Several Injuries After Driver Goes After Pedestrians," from WHAM News, November 12 (thanks to Mike G.):
A Rochester man is facing numerous charges, accused of trying to run down people with his car on Thursday afternoon.
Police say they were flagged down by people in southwest Rochester, at a parking lot in front of 700 S. Plymouth Avenue.Tthey [sic] say the driver of a Nissan Maxima had struck another car as well as several pedestrians.
The officer tried to pull the vehicle over, but the suspect's car then hit the police cruiser and kept going. Eventually, the Maxima struck a resident's car at Jefferson Avenue and W. Main and then hit a second police car at Jefferson and Clifton. The chase eventually ended on South Plymouth near Genesee where the suspect hit another resident's car.
Altogether, seven people, including the suspect were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, but police spokesman LaRon Singletary says it could have been a lot worse...
The suspect is identified as 27 year old Munir Muthana of Rochester. He faces numerous charges including assault and vehicular assault. there's no other word right now on a possible motive.
Yes, it takes awhile to think those things up!