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by Peter Moskos

August 25, 2010

Terrorist Slashes New York City Cab Driver

The terrorists, Christian Michael Enright, said, "Assalamu alaikum — consider this a checkpoint!" and slashed Muslim American Ahmed Sharif across the neck, and then on the face from his nose to his upper lip. Sharif said:
“I feel very sad. ... I have been here more than 25 years. I have been driving a taxi more than 15 years. All my four kids were born here. I never feel this hopeless and insecure before.”
Now I don't want anything thinking that all Christians are terrorists and banning churches. I mean, there are Christians who believe in peace, too. There must be. But where are the priests? Why aren't they denouncing this barbaric and cowardly attack?

The Times also has an interesting little piece on the Arab neighborhood, Little Syria, that used to be withing "hallowed ground distance" of the World Trade Center site before there was a World Trade Center. Next to was Little Athens.

In the 1940s, the "Arab-American community was almost entirely displaced by construction of entrance ramps to the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel."