Friday, March 10, 2006
Nearly three years ago, a van belonging to a Palestinian family living near Chicago was firebombed by an assailant using a mortar-type firework device. The van was totaled and the family understandably shaken. The perpetrator was caught and recently pleaded guilty Monday to criminal interference with the right to fair housing. Under sentencing guidelines, Erik Nix may receive up to 10 years in prison. He was sentenced previously under state laws to hate crime charges and spent six months in jail. Additionally a friend of Nix, Daniel Alba plead guilty of lying to federal authorities about Nix's involvement and Alba faces 10-16 months in prison.
Clearly this was a case of domestic terrorism directed at the property of innocents with the intent to intimidate. So why is this case important? Keep it in mind as the trial of Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar progresses. Will Mohammed, who intended to cause great bodily harm to as many non-Muslim innocents as possible, face proportionately appropriate charges? Why has CAIR publicized the Muslim van case and yet has been absolutely silent about Taheri-azar? Will Taheri-azar's roomates join him in jail? We'll have to wait to see...