You’ll recall that in the end there was “no motive found” — a euphemism for jihad — as to why resettled Bosnian-Muslim refugee and mosque goer Sulejman Talovic decided to shoot as many Americans as possible one day during Valentine’s Day shopping week at the Trolley Square mall, before police took him down.

Salt Lake City police chief Chris Burbank even threatened his staff in case anyone asked any relevant jihad-oriented questions in the course of the investigation. That’s the same police chief who announced one hour after the shootings (that means pre-investigation) that it wasn’t terrorism. This was one of my favorite paragraphs:

Mr. Talovic’s motive remains a mystery, investigators say…The gunman’s aunt, Ajka Omerovic, and his father, who was visibly exhausted, spoke to a reporter just hours after Mr. Talovic’s body was cleansed in an Islamic ritual in preparation for its burial in Tuzla, Bosnia…

And here is Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson along with Burbank assuring the Bosnian ambassador that no harm will come to the peaceful Bosnian cell — I mean community — of Salt Lake City, though they were worried about a nasty backlash from nasty Americans.

(Bit of trivia: This Bosnian ambassador, Bisera Turkovic, helped issue passports to mujahedeen and Osama bin Laden himself in 1992.)

Anyway, given that no motive was found in the Trolley Square shooting, and given that Salt Lake City has such a peaceful Bosnian-Muslim community, WHAT THE HECK is police chief Chris Burbank doing in Israel suddenly:

Today’s Overview of Leading News & Views – 7 September 2008

([ISRAEL/INTERNATIONAL] IHC News, 7 September 2008)
Salt Lake City’s Police Chief, Chris Burbank, along with an entire group of police chiefs from across the US just wrapped up a week in Israel learning anti-terrorism strategies, and how the Jewish state responds to mass casualties. One might wonder what Utah and learning about anti-terrorism have to do with each other until last year’s shooting tragedy at a Salt Lake City shopping center is reviewed. The 18-year-old gunman, Sulejmen Talovic, who killed five people in a crowded Utah mall 13 Feb. 2007 was a Bosnian Muslim refugee who was prepared to kill many more, had he not been cornered by an off-duty police officer and later shot dead by a team of police. Talovic reportedly had a backpack full of ammunition, a shotgun and a 38-caliber pistol, all of which he intended to use. Family members later said the attacker often attended Friday prayers at the Al-Noor mosque, about a block from the site of the shooting. Although the FBI later ruled out terrorism being involved in the shooting spree, the tragic incident underscores that no US city, large or small, is immune from the possibility of Jihad-related violence. (Sources: Salt Lake Tribune/WND/IHC)

Gee, I don’t recall Salt Lake City being on the high-risk list of U.S. cities for terror attacks, so what is it that could have brought Burbank to Israel? This is all very puzzling. But here’s what I’ve been able to piece together as to how the logic goes: It wasn’t a terrorist act, but you may want to get your ass to Israel to brush up on how one might conceivably deal wtih terrorism, should it ever decide to happen in your safe, peaceful city of Mormons and Bosnian Muslims.

Indeed, notice how every time a community, city, state or country professes its love for its Muslim population, the next thing you hear about the place is that its authorities are in Israel learning anti-terror tactics.

Here is a clue from former federal agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Dave Gaubatz, offered at the time of the Trolley Square investigation:

Has the FBI told the people of Utah that Arabic websites have continuous chatter from Al-Qaeda supporters living in Salt Lake City, Utah? I know because I monitor these sites. Are there Bosnian Muslims with anti-U.S. views? Do you doubt it?

Unlike in Salt Lake City last year, this week in Philly the media and investigators can’t claim the attacker didn’t say “Allah” and wasn’t speaking Arabic phrases, since the jihadist’s victim is the one reporting that he did and he was:

Man chanting “Allah” and Arabic attacks stranger on subway with hammer

In Philadelphia. Video here. The detail that he was chanting something in Arabic, as well as “Allah,” is in the video — only “Allah” is in the story below.

“Subway attack caught on tape,” by Dann Cuellar for, September 8 (thanks to David):

PHILADELPHIA - September 8, 2008 - (WPVI) — Police are asking the public for help [to capture] a hammer-wielding attacker, who seemed to assault his prey for no apparent reason.

On Monday night, police released the video of the attack, in the hopes that someone can identify the man. The attack happened back on Thursday at 12:15 a.m. onboard the SEPTA northbound Broad Street line. The victim, 20-year-old Dewayne Taylor is seen dozing in his seat, listening to his ipod. In the doorway, the assailant is standing with a young boy, about three to five years old. He tells the child to sit down.

Then, he pulls out a large hammer out of a black and yellow book bag, and proceeds to pummel the victim.

After striking Taylor a number of times, the attacker grabs Taylor by the shoes and pulls him down to the floor, where the attack continues.

Then, the man throws Taylor off the train, where they struggle some more before the attacker disappears out of sight.

“According to the victim, the male continued to assault him and tried to throw him into the track area,” said Det. Kenneth Roach of the Philadelphia Police Dept.

Taylor told Action News last week that all throughout the attack, the man kept chanting something, and he distinctly recalled the word “Allah.”…

Unless the attacker has a female Russian acquaintance he was referring to, this was a case of what Daniel Pipes diagnosed as Sudden Jihad Syndrome. The shocking part? No one stole the victim’s Ipod while he was being attacked.