Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Since the last update, there have been several fascinating developments in the case of Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, the self-proclaimed Islamofascist who used his vehicle to mow down students on the UNC campus.
Local news station WRAL carried a story quoting two terrorism experts who stated unequivocably that Taheri-azar's actions were a terrorist attack. According to Solomon Bradman, chief executive officer of the Miami-based Security Solutions International. "The only thing that makes this not look like a terrorist act is that he did a lousy job of it."
In a recent voluntary poll at The Daily Tar Heel (one of UNC's student newspapers), 76+% of readers label Taheri-azar a "terrorist".
Yet, Chancellor James Moeser chooses to remain ignorant on this issue. So much for a leader of an academic institution.
Even more revealing was the release of a letter by TV station ABC11 News purportedly authored by Taheri-azar describing his terrorist motivation. Although the letter was two pages long, ABC11 News released but two paragraphs:
"Allah gives permission in the Koran for the followers of Allah to attack those who have raged war against them, with the expectation of eternal paradise in case of martyrdom and/or living one's life in obedience of all of Allah's commandments found throughout the Koran's 114 chapters..."
"The U.S. government is responsible for the deaths of and the torture of countless followers of Allah, my brothers and sisters. My attack on Americans at UNC-CH on March 3rd was in retaliation for similar attacks orchestrated by the U.S. government on my fellow followers of Allah in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and other Islamic territories. I did not act out of hatred for Americans, but out of love for Allah instead. "
Unfortunately, none of this information has been picked up by the major news services or mainstream newspapers including the NYT's.