|Child in Prayer|
There’s still a lot of information to review and collect but obviously this is a difficult situation and our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Columbus and OSU at this time.This is, indeed, a difficult situation and, speaking strictly for myself, I am just pleased that it had nothing whatsoever to do with "radical Islam" or "political Islam" or "Jihadism" or "Islamism" or the "Qu'ran" or the "Koran," or anything whatsoever do to with Islam or what President Barack Obama calls "violent extremism."
Like 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing, the gay nightclub murders in Orlando, the shooting up of US military personnel at Fort Hood, TX, the San Bernardino attack, or the beheading in Oklahoma - and on and on and on and on - we should be grateful that the OSU misunderstanding was either completely accidental, the act of a random psychopath, or the direct result of our own shameful behavior as a people and a nation.
We have to understand that when goodhearted folk are morally aggrieved by the United States (if not Americans, more generally) that they have every reason to feel this way because we earned their contempt due to our own misbehavior. It is for this reason, sadly, that we deserve whatever beating they wish to give us, our children, and our family and friends.
According to Time Magazine, the innocent attacker, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a young Somali immigrant-student oppressed at Ohio State:
drove a car over a curb and into a crowd of people on campus, then got out and attacked students with a butcher knife. Authorities later added that Artan (who was shot and killed by a police officer at the scene) was a student at the school.Time magazine mimics the typical angry white American male Islamophobic response by assuming that the incident was either intentional or without just cause. Chief Stone claims, with only the flimsiest of evidence, that it is "common knowledge" that Artan acted with intention. He may have exited the vehicle wielding a machete - which he introduced to a few people - but this is no reason for white American racists to assume unkind thoughts on the part of Mr. Artan.
“[The] only thing that we can say based on common knowledge is that this was done on purpose,” Ohio State University Police Chief Craig Stone said at a press conference Monday afternoon.
In a previous interview Artan told the OSU Lantern:
I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media,” he said. “I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen… I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed.This was a young man, shot dead before his prime, who wanted nothing more than to pray.
He wanted to commune with God and the fascist cops at Ohio State shot him down in cold blood in much the same way that the insidious Zionists in Apartheid Israel conduct extra-judicial assassinations of innocent Palestinian-Arabs... who also sometimes lose control of their vehicles.
If anyone is to blame for this accident it is clearly Donald Trump and the Neo-Nazi brigade over at Breitbart News.
The bottom-line, however, is that until the United States ceases its racist, imperialist, and militaristic behavior then people of good-will may continue, through no fault of their own, to accidentally run us down with their vehicles.
If we have not learned that lesson by now, I am afraid that we never will.