Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Muslim Cab Driver Attacked in NYC & The Man Who Attacked Him

Last night, a Muslim New York City cab driver named Ahmed Sharif was attacked with a knife by a man who recently filmed U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Fortunately, Sharif sustained only minor injuries. Michael Enright was arrested and charged with attempted murder as well as several weapons charges. Sharif described Enright as being "very, very intoxicated."

While Sharif believes the attack could have been motivated by the debate over the Ground Zero Mosque it is worth noting that Enright's employer, Intersections International, supports the construction of the mosque. I'm sure the attack will get a lot of play in the liberal media although I think it would have got more attention if the attacker had been a Tea Party activist or had worked for a conservative organization.

Given that Enright had just returned from Afghanistan one cannot help but wonder if something he saw over there might have been more significant in his motivations for attacking Sharif than the debate over the Ground Zero Mosque in New York and across the country. I'm sure Enright will explain his actions unless he invokes his right to silence.

But whatever his motivations, one cannot just wantonly attack someone because he or she happens to be Muslim or any other faith. Enright should and is being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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