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Muhammed Teheri-azar and the Will of Allah

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Muhammad Taheri-azar had his first day in court this morning where he stated he wants to spread the will of Allah.

Athena at Terrorism Unveiled has done her own investigating and found quite a bit of background information on this guy that the media isn't revealing:

After speaking with someone who knew Taheri-Azar, a little bit more interesting details come into view. The guy I spoke with said Taheri-azar pledged his fraternity, Sig Ep, and that the frat "blackballed" him, meaning kicked him out because he was such a recluse and antisocial. They referred to him as "Mo."


He said that Taheri-azar was from a wealthy family, a frequent marijuana smoker and "most always high" and that he drank heavily as well. So much for being religiously pious.

My first conclusions were that it's highly unlikely he's related to any type of "cell." First of all, his actions show that he's a complete novice, that he had no operational funding, and that the attack was not well planned (although he did rent the Jeep from Enterprise). Further information continues to corroborate this.

He may not be part of a cell, but he's still a terrorist.

Update:The 911 call Teheri-azar made after his attack was released today.


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Comments (8)

"..although he did rent ... (Below threshold)
Reddish Jode:

"..although he did rent the Jeep fron Enterprise..."

But did he take the optional collision liability waiver? Cause if your going to run over a bunch of people with your rental car, that would probably be a good idea.


If he's in search of a cell... (Below threshold)
Clioman:

If he's in search of a cell, there are some nice ones at the NC State Penitentiary. With any luck, he'll get an amorous, but ill-smelling 300 lb. creature answering to the name of Tiny for a roomie.

Hmmmm.Aside from t... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

Aside from this outburst of his and his actions with the Jeep, isn't this description of "Mo" supposedly what defines a moderate muslim?

Here we're looking at an American muslim that graduated from college, has wealth, drinks alcohol and didn't appear overly pious.

What in his background would identify him as a radical? And if a muslim isn't identified as a radical, doesn't that make him a moderate?

Frankly I'm rather struggling with this because the definition of a moderate muslim tends to be very amorphous. It seems the definition has been reduced to:

Whoever is a muslim and who hasn't been proven to have killed a non-muslim.

Which is certainly vague enough. Any stricter definition invariably seems to include people that nobody in their right minds would define as a moderate muslim.

Ed: since none of the victi... (Below threshold)
steve sturm:

Ed: since none of the victims has died, I guess the guy is still a moderate.

Sounds to me more like he's... (Below threshold)
epador:

Sounds to me more like he's mentally ill. If he was saying "Jesus made me do it" he wouldn't be called a terrorist. If the best he can do is only injure folks with an SUV, then he either wasn't really trying or he really has no grip on reality. But I'd rather send him to "Tiny's" therapy cell, than the funny farm. I have a feeling he's more likely to find real religion in prison than a hospital.

Sounds to me more like h... (Below threshold)
OregonMuse:

Sounds to me more like he's mentally ill. If he was saying "Jesus made me do it" he wouldn't be called a terrorist.

I think this is right. This particular incident is most likely not some jihadi operation but the deranged acts of a lone whackjob.

Hmmm.If h... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmm.

If he was saying "Jesus made me do it" he wouldn't be called a terrorist.

Sorry but I disagree.

A terrorist is simply someone who seeks to instill terror or fear into a target population by his actions.

That's the definition I personally use and, to me, he is a terrorist.

Epador,If he only sa... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Epador,
If he only said "Allah made me do it", you might be right. But he stated it was revenge/punishement for the actions of the US govt.
This is not to say that he isn't in need of a checkup from the neckup. He might be. But since when did a terrorist need to be sane?




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