A Saudi Arabian Student Goes on the Attack in Canada. Why Is This Not News?

An 18 year old engineering student from Saudi Arabia attacked a female student at the University of British Columbia in Canada. He did not know her. He seemed intent on choking her to death. Luckily another student pulled Thamer Hameed Almestadi off the victim.

The attacker has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

There are a few things notable here.

First, this is being treated as if it is just another crime when it appears to be rather unusual. Based on student repots of the incident, the attacker lived in the same dorm as the victim, but they did not know each other.

Second, the attacker is a male from Saudi Arabia studying engineering.

Third, no one wants to use the phrase “lone wolf.” Certainly, this could be nothing. But we have reached a point when an Islamic male tries to choke to death a female student he does not know, we probably ought to consider what is going on beyond random acts of violence. And that the police and media want to avoid this subject all together and wants to treat these attacks as, in some sense, ordinary, creates a problem.

None of us should start treating situations like this as common place or expected or a new normal. We should, instead, be concerned about the very randomness of an attack like this and whether or not it really is isolated.

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