I haven’t talked much about the case of Tnuza Hassan, the woman accused of setting fires at Saint Kate’s last week. If the allegations in the press are true, she couldn’t have been more clear about her motives if she’d hired a Madison Avenue ad firm:
Tnuza J. Hassan, of Minneapolis, allegedly told police that “she wanted the school to burn to the ground and that her intent was to hurt people,” ..lShe told police and fire investigators, “You guys are lucky that I don’t know how to build a bomb because I would have done that.”
I’ve reached no conclusions – we don’t know much, and even when we do, my conclusions will be of little or no consequence.
Just a couple of observations:
Hold The Narrative: The usual suspects have pointed it out – “She’s a domestic Muslim terrorist”. I’ve seen some snarky comments about Hassan’s family travel plans: ” She said she had been a student at Saint Catherine’s but quit last fall because she and her family were planning to vacation in Ethiopia,”
Which has caused the usual crowd of Fudds to chant “Ah HAH. She’s going back to her Muslim terrorist hellhole”.
The thing is, though, that Ethiopia is majority Christian; most of its people are Coptics. There is a sizeable Muslim minority, but there’s just not a lot of strife between the two over there.
And while Somalis have picked up a dodgy reputation – some earned, some unfair – the story of Ethiopian immigration to the US is placid and successful; Ethiopian immigrants’ crime rate is vanishingly low, and they have assimilated well into American society. And I’ve seen or heard of no split between Ethiopian Coptics and Muslims when it comes to assimilation.
Now – there are plenty of Somali Muslims who’ve moved to Ethiopia over the years; like Democrats moving from Minneapolis to Edina, they have brought some problems with them. We don’t know much about Miss Hassan’s family or background. Does that bear on it?
We’ll come back to that.
Homegrown: When I read Miss Hassan’s rhetoric (as related by the police to the press, anyway), I thought “something here sounds amiss”.
To me, Hassan’s statements didn’t sound like those of a young, self-radicalized Muslim – or, I should say, not just like one. The tone – again, third or fourth hand – sounded like the sort of thing you could hear (with or without accompanying violence) at a Women’s March, or a BLM rally, an “Anti”-Fa rally, in any campus newspaper opinion (or “news”) section, or any number of other events common among young, identity-politics-addled bobbleheads found on today’s campuses…
…especially relentlessly PC institutions like Saint Kates.
So while many are asking the young Muslim woman accused of arson “do you think you, a woman, could get any kind of education at all in your squalid homeland”, it may be worth asking if in fact Miss Hassan’s little outburst isn’t a repudiation of her education…
…but a symptom of it?