From a clinical view, yes to both. Using Islamic texts and tenets to justify beheadings, mass murder and the subjugation of women and non-Muslims, all those things that are an anathema to Western values and ethics are a sign of mental illness. To believe, uphold and support how Islam views non-Muslims can only be described as a defect of the mind, a warped perspective based on a literal belief in the word of Allah.
It is good that NYPD chief Bratton is calling the attack a terrorist attack, yet he needs to go farther and call it a jihad attack, because that is exactly what it is. His statement is a welcome breath of fresh air. Lets hope that breeze grows into a whirlwind.
From The Modesto Bee October 24 by Tom Hays
NYC police commissioner: Hatchet attack was terror
NEW YORK — A brazen daylight hatchet attack against a group of police officers on a busy New York street was a terrorist act by a reclusive Muslim convert who ranted online against America but had no clear ties to international extremists, the police commissioner said Friday.
Police were examining Zale Thompson's computer for clues about a motive for the Thursday assault that left one of the officers seriously injured and ended with Thompson being killed by police. Police Commissioner William Bratton said Thompson's browsing history included organized terror groups, beheadings and the shooting in Canada earlier this week that officials there have called a terrorist attack.
Thompson was not on any watch lists, and officials found no indication he sought any training or affiliation to any groups.
Bratton said investigators were trying to determine whether the attack was planned or spontaneous but believe Thompson was self-radicalized. His father told officials he converted to Islam about two years ago and was described as a "recluse" who had been depressed lately.
Bratton said he was comfortable calling it a terrorist attack.
"This was a terrorist attack, certainly," Bratton said.
But he also stopped short of including the attack in the list of terror plots against the city since Sept. 11, 2001, saying the investigation was continuing.
Thompson, 32, had once served in the U.S. Navy and had a history of run-ins with the law over domestic violence in California in 2003 and 2004, police said. In recent postings on social media, he ranted about injustices in American society and oppression abroad, but the postings didn't point to any affiliation with a terror group or direct influence of radical Islam, they said.
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