Monday, March 06, 2006
The details emerging from the Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar case aren't pretty and suggest that Islam was a driving force behind his forceable driving attack which injured several students:
According to The Daily Tar Heel, 'Dan Van Atta, a senior computer science major, was Taheri-azar's suitemate in Craige Residence Hall in 2001, during their freshman year. Taheri-azar was smart, though a tad shy, he said. "It was more as though he was willing to listen." The two fell out of touch after that year, and when they next talked extensively last spring, Taheri-azar had become slightly different." He'd become a better person," Van Atta said. "He pretty much lived up to the religious ideals of being a good person. "During their conversation, religion came up, and Taheri-azar said he had begun studying the Quran. "I'd like to say he was more truthful afterward. He completely swore off alcohol and drugs."'
After running over the nine innocents, Taheri-azar called 911 and made a declaration, that his rampage intended to "punish the government of the United States for their actions around the world." According to CBS, Taheri-azar stated today at his arraignment that he was, "thankful for the opportunity to spread the will of Allah."