March 06, 2006

No Terrorism Here

The local North Carolina news media, and adminstration at UNC Chapel Hill, and even the Daily Tarheel itself do not seem willing to call the "Jeep Jihadi's" Friday afternoon attempt to run down multiple UNC-CH students in the name of Islam an act of terror.

A quick cross-section of local media:

Raleigh, NC News and Observer: The UNC-Chapel Hill graduate charged with driving into a lunchtime campus crowd Friday is scheduled to be in court today, accused of what some students are condemning as an act of terrorism.

Raleigh, NC WRAL-TV: Headline: "Students To Protest UNC's Reluctance To Label Pit Incident Terrorism."

Raleigh-Durham, NC WTVD-TV: Reports on the assualt and the protest and doesn't even use the words "terror" or "terrorism" when describing the attack or the anti-terror protests.

Apparently, when launching an attack from a vehicle, using a bumper as a weapon is somehow different that detonating the same vehicle, or shooting from it into the same crowd. It doesn't matter how many people are injured or even why, but how they are injured that matters.

It isn't the madness that counts, but the method.

Future campus terrorists take note: if you want to be taken more seriously than Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, be sure to use something more conventional in your attacks, like explosives or automatic weapons. If it doesn't have the Good JihadKeeping Seal of Approval, the liberals in academia and the press just won't give you the credit you deserve.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 6, 2006 01:57 PM | TrackBack

Hey - maybe we should call him a Jeepster Freedom Fighter? Nawww....

How's the head CY?

Posted by: Specter at March 6, 2006 03:05 PM

Kind of makes you sad to live in the Triangle doesn't it! But, would we expect any less from Chapel Thrill?

At least a few of us still know a terrorist when we see it! Must be all that misdirection regarding GWB as the worst terrorist of them all!

Posted by: NC gal at March 6, 2006 03:55 PM

This guy can't be a terrorist. He's from the Religion of Peace(tm) for goodness sakes! Peace and Terrorism don't go together, therefore, he can't be a terrorist.

(sorry, I'm applying for CAIR membership, and need some brownie points)

Posted by: Kevin at March 6, 2006 04:47 PM

Hmm, let's see, we have a random attack on civilians (terroristic), using cheap, improvised weaponry (also terroristic), committed for the purpose of advancing a political cause (ding, ding, ding, ding!). I would just categorize it not as terrorism, but clearly as a traffic accident. Now if an abortion doctor had been in the crowd, that would be terrorism.

Posted by: Thrill at March 6, 2006 04:48 PM

cheap? Have you looked at the prices for Jeeps nowadays? LOL

Posted by: Specter at March 6, 2006 05:03 PM

Jeep Jihadis seeks lifetime roommate named 'Bubba'.

Posted by: Marvin at March 6, 2006 08:55 PM

OK, so maybe he can't be labeled a terrorist...but I certainly believe this can be labeled A HATE CRIME!

Posted by: Maggie at March 7, 2006 07:44 AM

When I heard the tape of his 9-1-1 call (on WPTF) this morning and he said he did it as a protest against the US government I was convinced it was terrorism.

Random attack on innocent victims for a political or religious cause.

Posted by: Jack at March 7, 2006 01:26 PM