|The victim of the attack still doesn't want to reveal his face|
Someone in the crowd yelled, "you ain't no Muslim, brave," and that quote went viral. A bloody and horrific Muslim terror attack turned into another occasion to affirm that Islam was a religion of peace.
It turns out that the main victim, Lyle Zimmerman, 56, was an American citizen. A few days ago the Guardian published a fascinating interview with him.
Mr. Zimmerman is a hard-core "liberal."
If a conservative is a liberal who almost had his head sawn off by a Muslim migrant, a hard-core liberal is a liberal who after almost having his head sawn off by a Muslim migrant . . . remains a liberal.
Almost losing his head didn't change anything.
Often it doesn't, I suppose.
In the interview, Zimmerman, who took nineteen stitches and still has "a lumpy scar," goes out of his way so support the sentiment of the you-ain't-no-Muslim-bruv'ers:
I don’t see Mr. Mire [his attacker] as emblematic of immigration or religion, I just think he’s a really unwell guy.Now you might say that's just charity or at worst naiveté. But the interview then became more strange. Zimmerman went on to say that he was initially scared to reveal that he was the victim of the Leytonstone Tube station attack because he didn't want the news to distract from the then current climate change talks.
I'm not making that up.
Talk about taking one for the team.
He also hoped that having his head almost sawn off wouldn't aid the candidacy of Donald Trump.
Or detract from the cause of gun control.
And he expressed the wish that the attack against him should focus more attention on mental health.
Oddly, the near-decapitee Zimmerman - a biology student and apparent PhD from MIT - laughed in the interview about being a serial decapitator of frogs.
Mr. Zimmerman is a musician.
I'm sorry Lyle Zimmerman was attacked. I wish him well on his recovery (though it sounds like he's already made a pretty good one) and his future music career in London.
But sometimes bad things happen to clueless people.
Read the interview here.