Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Media silent on surge in Islam-inspired knife attacks

As protectors we need to understand the threat, it little matters if the attackers are more or less mentally ill. In a recent back and forth with a member of the mental health establishment, when asked if a purse snatcher had mental issues, the reply was of course, purse snatching is an abnormal event. Any abnormal event is cause to believe some mental issue is involved. So I have no argument that mental illness is involved with these attacks with knives, but even so, shouting Islamic slogans during the attack brings a motivation to at least be looked at, and if it will help catch them, it should not be ignored. To do so is to ignore a possible motive that can be traced. It does not mean that we need to hassle each person dealing in radical Islamic rhetoric, but it does give us a place to start. Then we need to apply behavior analysis of the individual to help determine their plan if they are to attack. But we need to be up front with the threat, not ignore it, it puts to many lives in danger.
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