Victor Davis Hanson asks, why? (See also Pipes, "Sudden Jihad Syndrome.") And heaven forfend that anyone should imagine there is any element of Islam itself that may somehow encourage the violent side of the human character.
Why would Albanian-speaking Muslim refugees from the Balkans try to murder American soldiers? After all, the United States — not bin Laden’s rag-tag jihadists — saved Bosnia and Kosovo? And we did that by bombing the capital of a Christian European nation.
But then, why did a mixed-up Albanian Muslim in Salt Lake City, one Sulejman Talovic, go on a shopping-mall shooting spree? Five innocents were killed in the attack before the murderer himself was shot and killed.
And why, after pouring billions of dollars into Afghanistan, did poor, mixed-up Omeed Aziz Popal, an Afghan Muslim, try to run over several innocents in San Francisco near a Jewish center in September 2006?
Or, for that matter, why did an angry Muslim Pakistani [Naveed Haq] gun down Jews in Seattle?
Or, again, why earlier last year, did a 22-year-old Iranian-American Muslim [Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar] drive his sport utility vehicle into a crowded pedestrian zone at the University of North Carolina?