Accident or Terror? You Decide

A Russian taxi (Illustrative photo: VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A Russian taxi (Illustrative photo: VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid calls by Islamic State for lone wolf attacks on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, a taxi driver near Red Square swerved onto the sidewalk and ran over a crowd of people. Seven people were injured including two soccer fans from Mexico.

Almost immediately, the mayor of Moscow issued a statement on Twitter saying, “There was an unpleasant incident with a taxi. The driver lost control of the vehicle.”

A video of the incident shows cars in a line at a standstill or near standstill (including the taxi). The taxi suddenly veers out of the line, makes a sharp right turn, goes onto the sidewalk and continues straight running, ploughing into pedestrians for the next 10 meters until the taxi runs into a traffic sign.

The driver then jumps out of the car and sprints away (he was later captured by police).

ISIS threatens the 2018 World Cup soccer championship in Moscow (Photo: ISIS propaganda)
ISIS threatens the 2018 World Cup soccer championship in Moscow (Photo: ISIS propaganda)

The driver carried a license issued in Kyrgyzstan, a Muslim-majority country which was once part of the Soviet Union. This is, of course, no proof that the incident was an Islamist terror attack. However, given the circumstances, it is certainly within the realm of possibility. Hence, without time for interrogation, the response by authorities in Russia is irresponsible at best and smacks of a cover-up at worst, Why? To prevent panic and/or economic loss and as a way for Russia to save face for such a security failure, among other reasons.

Whatever the real cause behind this “unpleasant incident” is, the truth is that Islamist terror will not go away by pretending that it doesn’t exist. Without confronting it and stamping out the ideology behind it, Islamist terror will continue to plague us, disrupting our lives and those of our children for many generation.

Watch the video and you decide (WARNING GRAPHIC). Then please participate in our poll:


After watching this video, do you think this was a deliberate attack or an accident?

 

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Meira Svirsky
Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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