Was he a knife-wielding carman or a car-wielding knifeman? You can be sure the media won’t use either of those terms in reference to the Somali refugee who perpetrated the terrorist attack at Ohio State University earlier today. No, only guns get that treatment. Ironically, as usual, it was a firearm that put an end to this attack, almost certainly saving innocent lives and preventing many more injuries. Rest assured that that little fact won’t be mentioned by the media, either. Oh, and don’t expect to hear strident calls for automobiles and knives to be banned.
Officials are also mightily puzzled at Abdul Razak Ali Artan’s motive for running over people in his car prior to getting out and randomly stabbing folks with a butcher knife. (Eleven people were injured, at least one critically). This despite the fact that Ali Artan, a student at Ohio State, posted a rant on his Facebook page shortly before carrying out the heinous attack stating that he had reached a “boiling point,” and making a reference to “lone wolf attacks.” Moreover, he cited radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. I’d be stymied too.
Except that in his rant he also said: “America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that.” This, of course, caused investigators to be even more buffaloed as to Ali Artan’s possible motive. By all accounts, they are now earnestly trying to determine whether Ali Artan had “personal problems” or if there was “something else that might have pushed him over the edge.”
Like the lack of Muslim prayer facilities he was frequently complaining about. Don’t want to rush to judgment though! Authorities vehemently state that they aren’t yet certain if this attack was terror-related.
I’m betting he was just upset that the Buckeyes didn’t cover the spread against hated rival Michigan on Saturday.