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It turns out one of the guys suspected to be behind the Glasgow attack, and maybe the London attack, too, is a doctor. Via CNN.com:

One of the suspects, who is in critical condition at Royal Alexandra Hospital near Glasgow, is a doctor at the hospital where he is being treated for severe burns, according to the woman who owns his rental house.

It is believed that he shared a house on Neuk Crescent Street in the small Scottish village of Houston, about 3 kilometers (2 miles) from Glasgow's airport, with the other suspect who is in police custody.

The agency that rented the property to the two men said police called one of the agency's employees about 15 minutes before Saturday's Glasgow airport attack, asking about a mobile phone number.

Police have declined to identify any of the suspects, but British television and newspapers identified one who was arrested on the M6 motorway as Mohammed Asha.

The doctor is believed to work at the North Staffordshire Hospital, near the Midlands town of Newcastle-under-Lyme, where police searched a house on Sunday. The hospital refused comment.

Asha is a Jordanian-educated physician who moved to England with his family two years ago, according to a source in Jordan.

More here, from CBS.com:

CBS News has learned that Mohammed Asha, arrested Saturday, was born in Amman, but his family is of Palestinian origin. Police have refused to confirm the identities of any suspects in the case.

Asha was arrested Saturday night along with a 27-year-old woman, believed to be his wife, as they drove on a major highway in Cheshire, in northwest England, in a joint swoop by officers from London and Birmingham.

Asha attended The Jubilee School in Amman, an elite school initially founded by Jordan's Queen Noor in 1984 for children who show great academic promise. He graduated with straight A's in 1998.

Asha graduated from Jordan University's medical program in the summer of 2004 — at the top of his class — and then moved to Birmingham with his family, where he continued his medical studies. He was most recently a resident neurosurgeon at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, in northern England.

CBS News has found a posting dated February 20, 2006 by someone using the name Mohammed Asha, of Jordanian nationality, on an Islamic Internet chat forum. Referring to a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed published by European newspapers, the post reads: "we have had to put up with you in the West for a long time. But now, after you insulted our prophet, we shall not forgive you."

Boo frigging hoo. You're going to slaughter a lot of people because somebody put out a mean cartoon of your imaginary religious figure?

See the level of what we're dealing with here?

Yo, Mr. Asha...couldn't you just blog about it? Put up a page making light of the Holocaust or something?

Oh, wait...that's been done.

Sorry...I guess the Jews forgot to be murderously insulted. Perhaps we should send them a memo?

(By the way, there's a bomb disposal vehicle on the grounds of the hospital where Asha works, and where the other suspect was taken after the attack. I heard on CNN that they just preemptively exploded a car.)

Posted by aalkon at July 2, 2007 7:08 AM

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All this shit makes me want to run off to live in a commune in Eureka or something.

On 9/11, as our airporter van turned away from Newark airport -- while the smoke across the Hudson filled the sky -- I remember thinking of a couple of lines from a short story by Kathy Acker:

"The world is insane. Why? No reason."

Posted by: Lena at July 2, 2007 7:52 PM

Did this guy take something like the Hippocratic oath?

I'd appreciate some honesty here: "No, I won't take the oath. I'm just in medicine for the money and prestige. I plan on conducting terrorists attacks against civilians, thank you very much, so I won't be making any promises to the contrary."

I've been told that terrorism is a way for the poor and oppressed to strike back at "the man". I suspect there is something else going on.

Posted by: doombuggy at July 3, 2007 5:20 AM

It's frightening to think of barbarians like these in our hospitals. Imagine what havoc they might wreak on their unsuspecting patients.

Posted by: kishke at July 3, 2007 9:16 AM

I see that Debbie Schlussel has addressed the topic of Muslim doctors recently.

Here: http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2007/07/i_told_you_so_t.html#comments

And here:
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2007/05/when_your_docto.html

Posted by: kishke at July 3, 2007 9:36 AM

Posted by: kishke at July 5, 2007 8:55 AM

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