No jihad in Oklahoma

The Muslim convert who blew himself up outside a University of Oklahoma football game wasn’t a Muslim convert. Never mind.

In case you’ve been wondering about the case of the Muslim convert terrorist suicide bomber in Oklahoma, the Wall Street Journal (actual reporters Ryan Chittum and Joe Hagan, as opposed to the mouth-breathers on the editorial page) has some news:

1. He wasn’t a Muslim convert.

2. There’s no evidence that he was a terrorist.

3. He was suffering from depression.

4. Everything points to his having literally committed suicide by bomb. He was the only person killed, and no one has pointed to any reason to believe that he didn’t do exactly what he planned to do.

Looks as if Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs and his commenters will have to find other news pegs for their anti-Muslim bigotry. Caerdroia, which I hadn’t previously encountered, collects three I-told-you-so points for deflating the “jihad” story a week ago. No doubt Glenn Reynolds, who wondered why there had been so little coverage of the story, will be delighted to inform his readers that there was no there there, and that the mainstream media acted entirely properly in not adding to the suffering of the young man’s family by spreading what turned out to be baseless speculation. As Glenn keeps reminding us, that’s the wonderful thing about the blogosophere as opposed to professional journalism: it’s rapidly self-correcting.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com