December 22, 2017
What could possibly drive an Afghani refugee to drive a truck into a crowd of non-Moslems?
The media surely doesn’t know.
And neither do the Australian authorities.
In fact, it may forever remain an eternal mystery.
The driver of an SUV that plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Melbourne has been released from hospital into police custody as officers investigate the motive for the attack.
The 32-year-old suspect was arrested Thursday after slamming a white SUV into a crowd of people on Flinders Street just before 5 p.m. local time, sending people flying into the air.
Nine of the 18 people injured were foreign nationals from South Korea, China, Italy, India, Venezuela, Ireland and New Zealand, Victoria Police said Friday. The youngest victim was a four-year-old South Korean boy who is now in a stable condition after suffering head injuries.
Three of the injured remain in a critical condition.
Victoria Police said Thursday the incident was a “deliberate act” but said they hadn’t established any link to terrorism.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday called it a “despicable and cowardly act” and a “deeply shocking crime.”
The suspect was an Australian citizen of Afghan descent, who had a history of mental illness and drug use. Turnbull said he arrived in Australia through a refugee program.
“He came to Australia as a refugee. He did not come with a people smuggler, he came through the appropriate refugee, the normal refugee, programs.”
The Prime Minister also stressed that no link had been found between the suspect and any terror organization.
“I want to emphasize because investigations are continuing, apart from that statement, there are no known links to any political issues or any, certainly any links to extremist groups,” he said.
And the only way he would commit a terrorist act is if some group “radicalized” him against his will.
Sure, the Koran says that anyone who kills infidels automatically gets a free pass to 72 virgins paradise – but come on, guys, it’s 2017. No one believes that sort of thing anymore. Because of science and so on.
Probably the actual cause here is “mental health.”