Posted: 09/19/16 19:12
by Dave Mindeman
I am going to suggest something that is more observational than based on any factual data. It is only my opinion - and please take it with a huge grain of salt. But there is something unusual about the St. Cloud knife attack.
Based on what we know so far, this 20 year old did not fit any kind of profile you would associate with a "terrorist". He was a quiet student, but a good student - straight A's. He was close to his family. He had no criminal background. His friends and associates all had nothing but good to say about him. He was a Muslim - but not religious. He hadn't been to the mosque in some time. He never talked about religion...it was not that important in his life; but he never denied that he identified himself as a Muslim.
He had one post in his Facebook past that seemed relevant. It was from 2011:
"If the man who killed more than 70 persons in Norway was a Muslim, the media would have called him a terrorist. Instead the murderer was called "the aggressor (Reuters) or "the gunman" (BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera). The term "terrorist" is therefore reserved to Muslims. The USA talk about a violent attack not a terrorist attack. Please put this as your status to show that hypocrisy rules in this world!"
That seems like a fairly natural reaction...and not a radical one by any means.
And then there was the attack itself. It came out of nowhere. It certainly didn't look planned. He didn't seek out particular victims. He used his knife on 10 people (one did not seek treatment and was found out later). Doesn't it seem a little odd that in 10 knife attacks, he did not kill anyone? You would think that the odds are that he would open an artery or hit a vital organ at least once in those 10 attacks.
Yes, he apparently uttered "Allah" and asked at least one person if he or she was a Muslim. But there weren't any raving utterances.
And when he was finally confronted by the off duty police officer, he lunged at him over and over as the officer fired each time.
It almost seemed like he wanted to die.
Just for the sake of argument, what if this young man had become severely depressed. He had some financial struggles. Maybe things got worse. Maybe he got to the point of giving up. It's possible that things could deepen mentally without someone around him noticing.
What if he just snapped at the Mall? What if he decided that he wanted to die and chose the "death by cop" method we often hear about? Is it possible that a young man cynical about the treatment of Muslims would use a knife to draw attention of authorities and use Muslim wording to escalate what he was doing? And once he had the gun pointed at him, the additional lunges were meant to end it in a final sense?
Again, pure speculation. Maybe further information will make this become more definitive.
It just seems different.