Nothing to do with Islam

No sirree! The man who killed 84 people in a 2 kilometer-long rampage in a  truck in Nice, France was insane! That’s what his family said. That’s what the police say:

A police source has told The Telegraph that Bouhel might have been motivated more by a desire to commit suicide than by an Islamist ideology. The source who is close to the investigation said that the 31 year old attacker may have been “a suicide case who decided to make his suicide look like an Islamist attack. Investigators are being cautious about definitively ascribing a motive for the time being.”

The Guardian reports his father as saying:

On Friday night his father told Agence France-Presse that his son had suffered from depression.

“From 2002 to 2004, he had problems that caused a nervous breakdown. He would become angry and he shouted … he would break anything he saw in front of him,” Mohamed Mondher Lahouaiej-Bouhlel said outside his home in M’saken. He said he was prescribed medication to treat his depression.

He said they had heard nothing from him after he left for France. He also agreed that he had little to do with religion. “He didn’t pray, he didn’t fast, he drank alcohol and even used drugs,” he told AFP.

nothing to do with Islam

I would like to have a little chat with you about culture. Maybe it is also about religion. Why, when a non-Muslim, say some Christian cracker,  goes insane, does he rob a bank, get drunk or commit suicide by cop? Why does an American black thug shoot up a fellow male black thug in a park? Why does a Muslim, when he goes insane, strap a bomb to his chest and blow himself up in a supermarket filled with shoppers? Or drive for two miles along a famous boulevard killing scores -literally scores – of people. That is a lot of thumping bodies into the bumper, a lot of bouncing around in the cab as the truck wheels crunch bodies. It was not one or six people killed at once in a bunch outside a cafe, it was two kilometers worth of people. Slaloming down the road to kill as many as possible, that was our depressed Morroccan.

I do not care particularly if Mohamed was depressed. Why not commit suicide, then, quietly by overdoes of drugs?

He may have been suffering from depression. He might have been a failure. But what we know for certain is that jihadist organizations appeal to, and can find, such marginal types and get them to kill huge numbers of non-Muslims.

I would say that he was suffering from Islam, not depression. And, to a certain degree, so are we all.

A Muslim writing in the Telegraph has the same idea as me.

You can’t disrupt a network that was barely a network to begin with and you can’t break up a conspiracy of one. There will never be enough police to stop every runaway truck or every gunman in an airport, or nightclub, or stadium.

You can stop the flow of recruits, perhaps, or you can engage in more drastic action, like kicking them out of our countries. I suggest that both will be tried within the next twenty years.