I read over at LGF that officials at the University of North Carolina are unsure whether the actions of Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, the 22-year old former student who did his best to poleax nine people with the snout of a rented SUV, should be called “terrorism.” I can sympathize with their dilemma. After all, Taheri-azar could have been lying when he said he did what he did to “avenge the death of Muslims around the world” and it could just have been another whopper when added his intention was to “punish the government of the United States for their [global] actions.” He also could have been pulling our legs when he said at a hearing today that he was “thankful for the opportunity to spread the will of Allah.”
So, since we don’t know any of this for sure, my suggestion is we give Mr. Taheri a second chance and let him go to traffic school. If he pays attention in class, next time he rents an SUV, he will be much more successful with his mission and possibly be able to knock off a couple of dozen people, meanwhile even drive straight into a football stadium in an Escalade.
Meanwhile, you will excuse me if I take the reaction of these UNC officials as yet another example of why non-scientific education at our more prominent institutions is rapidly turning into one of the biggest hustles since the Black Sox scandal. Can you imagine paying fifty thousand a year for your children to listen to instruction from puerile nincompoops like that? Well, Mr. and Ms. America, that’s what you’re doing.