Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Monday, March 05, 2007

Stephen Jay Wilson: The Fremont Victim No One Talks About

In my last post, I addressed the recent disclosure that the murder of Fremont Aghan-American woman Alia Ansari late last year turns out not to be a hate crime. This after much hype to the contrary by local Muslim groups and media. But in contrast to the outcry surrounding Ansari's death, the Fremont community has been strangely silent on the murder of another member, Stephen Jay Wilson (hat tip Daniel Pipes).

Wilson, it may be remembered, was the first victim of Omeed Aziz Popal, who went on a killing spree earlier last year, using his car as a weapon. Popal, an Afghan immigrant, began his hit-and-run rampage in Fremont, where Wilson was unfortunate enough to cross his path and to lose his life in the process. Popal then ended up in San Francisco, where he wounded fourteen people. Although authorities and the mainstream media continue to deny it to this day, Popal's crime had all the hallmarks of Sudden Jihad Syndrome.

Unlike the case of Ansari, there were no rallies or moments of silence in Wilson's honor. And the local media didn't pay half as much attention to his death as they did to Ansari's alleged hate crime murder. Could it be that the reason for the silence surrounding Wilson's death is that he was a non-Muslim victim of Muslim violence?

It seems that in the politically correct world we live in, some lives are worth more than others.

Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.


Blogger diurnalist said...

Agreed. Some groups are more equal than others.

The recent hysteria surrounding a school girl's use of the word "gay" in a prohibited way is a case in point. Absent from the "reporting" was the fact that the girl was responding to being picked on for her Mormon religion. But that's no big deal.

Monday, March 05, 2007 11:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Silence speaks volumes. Shame on Fremont,California !

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 5:50:00 AM  
Blogger The Gentle Cricket said...

"Sudden Jihad Syndrome"...never heard that term, but it is fitting.

Strange how it is politically incorrect to not consider one thing a hate crime, and how it would be politically incorrect to declare it was something obviously is.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 8:51:00 PM  

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