Local blogger Jeff Cooper points to an article in today's Indianapolis Star about an Afghanistan-born proprietor of a Middle Eastern restaurant who was apparently assaulted by two men, doused with gasoline, and set afire. Abdullah Naderi, 37, survived the attack with severe burns over 60% of his body. Officials said it was possible that Mr. Naderi's ethnic background may have motivated the crime, but didn't rule out other possibilites.
Even if Mr. Naderi was the victim of a hate crime, it's important to remember at times like these that shameful incidents of this sort are isolated occurrences of twisted individuals. Frankly, I couldn't care less what motivated these creeps; there's simply no excuse for such a sadistic crime. Planet Swank expresses its wishes for Mr. Naderi's speedy recovery and hopes that the cretins who commited this crime are swiftly apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Investigators ask anyone with information on the fire to call 1-317-231-8477 or 1-317-780-1700, Ext. 19.