Michelle Malkin has a great write-up on the Wall Street Journal's coverage of the Joel Hinrich suicide. Actually it's non-coverage. The article I read had very little to do with the suicide and a whole lot to do with why bloggers are conspiracy theory wackos. I haven't written about this before because I don't really know what happened other than this kid killed himself. I don't know if he was religiously inspired to do so, was politically inspired to do so, or just had enough of a crappy life and decided to end it. (And to Mr. and Mrs. Hinrichs if you should ever read this I intend no disrespect to you with the crappy life comment. I am sure you did your best for your son and would have done more if you could have.) Here is what I do know -
1. Blowing yourself up is far from the most common way to commit suicide in the US.
2. This is being investigated by the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
3. He apparently tried to buy a large amount of Ammonium Nitrate fertilizer. Not a real common thing to buy when you are a student living in a dorm.
4. The search warrant is sealed for some reason.
Those 4 reasons by themselves, without any reliance on possible Islamic connections (ie attending a mosque, and the Paksitani roommate) are enough to cause reasonable people to wonder what this kid was up to. In the WSJ's mind however that is just normal behavior for any twenty-something kid about to kill himself and really doesn't come to the level to deserve serious scrutiny, and if you think otherwise well you are just a nut job. I would like to know for sure what happened, especially considering the same week there was another incident in Georgia on a campus there and a plane was stolen in GA also.
Probably this is just all a big coincidence, but prior to 9/11 it was all just a big coincidence that 19 Muslim men were learning how to steer large commercial jets but not how to land them.