Aviation President Allegedly Attacks Muslim Cabbie (and Iraqi War Veteran) At Country Club

edcnn_nr_salim_130501a-230x105Mohamed A. Salim, 39, served this country in Iraq in intelligence and as a linguist. He served at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Yet, he allegedly still suffered a beating and a broken jaw in his own country because of his Somali ethnicity and religion. Salim is a cab driver who picked up Emerald Aviation President Ed Dahlberg at the Country Club in Fairfax, Virginia. Dahlberg proceeded to accuse him of being a jihadist and allegedly attacked him. Emerald Aviation’s website is down for “scheduled maintenance” in the aftermath of Dahlberg’s arrest.

According to Salim, he picked up Dahlberg around 2 am but Dahlberg insisted that he wait while he finished his beer. Salim recorded what transpired on his cell phone. Dahlberg demanded that Salim define “jihad” and accusing him of being one of the “radical fucking Muslims blowing people up all over the world.” He demands that Salim “Denounce those motherfuckers now!” while adding “If you’re a fucking Muslim flying jets into the fucking World Trade Center then fuck you. I will slice your fucking throat right now.” On the tape, Salim is heard asking “Why are you punching me? Sir, why are you punching me?” The passenger replies: “You’re a [expletive] Muslim.”

Dahlberg is accused of trying to grab the cell phone and then leaving — only to return to break Salim’s jaw and then running into the forest.

What is astonishing is that Dahlberg is only charged with misdemeanor assault while police determine if charges should be elevated to a felony hate crime. Many civil libertarians are leery of hate crime charges. However, I fail to see why such a serious assault would need the hate crime element to be elevated to a felony. However, here is the provision:

18.2-57. Assault and battery.
A. Any person who commits a simple assault or assault and battery shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor, and if the person intentionally selects the person against whom a simple assault is committed because of his race,religious conviction, color or national origin, the penalty upon conviction shall include a term of confinement of at least six months, 30 days of which shall be a mandatory minimum term of confinement.
B. However, if a person intentionally selects the person against whom an assault and battery resulting in bodily injury is committed because of his race, religious conviction, color or national origin, the person shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony, and the penalty upon conviction shall include a term of confinement of at least six months, 30 days of which shall be a mandatory minimum term of confinement.

Dahlberg’s attorney, Demetry Pikrallidas, insists that there was no assault. Of course, even if this is accepted in court, there remains the appearance of this corporate president as an unhinged bigot. Then there is the added likelihood of a tort lawsuit for assault, battery, and infliction of emotional distress. There might also be potential liability for the country club depending on its reaction to the incident as it was unfolding.

Source: Washington Post

104 thoughts on “Aviation President Allegedly Attacks Muslim Cabbie (and Iraqi War Veteran) At Country Club”

  1. Iran has neither attacked us or their neighbors unlike Nazi Germany, Bron. That alone makes your argument a non-sequitur, Bron. Hitler had already been seizing territory by the time Chamberlin stepped in it by appeasing that psycho.

    I want to know your rationale for a preemptive attack Iran then given that that had as much to do with 9/11 as Iraq which is precisely nothing. You’ve said in the past that invading Iraq was a misguided boondoggle. How would have invading Iran been any different?

  2. Gene H:

    not now, I already said that above.

    That isnt a none sequiter. The situation is almost exactly like what Britian and America were facing in 1938. A dictatorial state with designs on increasing its territory/sphere of influence through the gun albeit a nuclear gun in Iran’s case.

    To bad he didnt die in 1946 so he could have seen the hell he caused by that mindless act of appeasement of evil.

  3. Argument by non-sequitur, Bron?

    Really?

    The situation has nothing in common with Chamberlin’s blunder.

    Are you declaring you are for a preemptive war with Iran? You do realize that would simply be furthering the agenda of those who really did attack us on 9/11, don’t you?

  4. Bron,

    Two different flavors of radicals (Wahabbists and Twelver Shia) and that still doesn’t mitigate that Iran had nothing to do with 9/11. Will they present their own problem in time? Undoubtedly. But the Doctrine of Preemptive Warfare is simply a thin veneer over fascist militarism and aggression. If we attack enough countries without basis in good cause, how long do you think it’ll be before major powers team up against us and our wars of aggression? No. Invading Iran after 9/11 would have been the mistake of Iraq on steroids.

  5. Gene H:

    Iran and Saudi Arabian clerics are behind radical Islam. Kill the head and the tail dies. Bush had the right idea he just had the wrong countries.

  6. “The time to have gone to war with Iran was after 9/11, we are past that now.”

    Why is that exactly, Bron? They had nothing to do with 9/11 either. There is only one country that should have been invaded and occupied long term after 9/11 and that is Saudi Arabia. A very brief stop in Afghanistan to smackdown a lesson about what aiding in domestic attacks on America gets you would have been merited too, but not the quagmire our leaders chose with occupation as a strategy there. Attacking Iran at that point would have made as much sense as invading Iraq, which is to say none at all. Attacking Iran at that point would have simply been a more expensive version of us doing the bidding of Saudi Arabia in seeking to extend their would-be Caliphate instead of giving them the beating and subjugation they earned by manning and financing 9/11.

    ************

    vicki,

    Might I suggest the word you’re looking for is “lampooned”.

    lampoon /lamˈpuːn/, v.,

    :publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm:

    Ralph is the most well-lampooned troll in the whole of the interwebs.

    He’s been spraying his particular brand of ignorance and hatred here so long, no one takes him seriously. We just like to make him dance on occasion. He’s usually summarily dismissed as a crank.

  7. Ralph:

    I dont want a war with Iran or Syria and I am no leftist. I dont think you can make the case that David and Dennis are playing for the same team based on those 2 videos.

    The time to have gone to war with Iran was after 9/11, we are past that now. But I will say we ought to figure out some way to take out their nuclear program.

    But David Duke is what bothers me about many Christians in this country, they will tolerate any dictator as long as they are allowed their Christianity. I think that is seriously perverse.

  8. You are most welcome, Darren.

    That’s one of my favorite ST:TNG quotes as well. 😀

  9. I’m happy to see that you mental midgets are so easily entertained by your own mindless banality. I guess I ought to apologize to the ultrasubmorons. You can’t measure up to that standard yet. But keep trying. I have great faith in you, even if you don’t believe in yourselves.

  10. “How long did it take you to transcribe that from the original Crayon version?”
    ~+~

    Best laugh I had all day. Thank you Gene.

    It reminded me of one of my favorites:

    You have never experienced Shakespere until you’ve read him in the original Klingon.

  11. You can talk yourself up you want in your fantasyland, but the equation is ineluctable: Gene = dense ultrasubmoron.

  12. Dumb and angry is no way to go through life, Ralph.

    But it looks good on you. 🙄

  13. “Thus, Nazis, Communists, Muslims, are the same. They each support exactly the same agenda. And their methods are the same. For convenience, however, I refer to ALL of them as ‘Leftists.'”

    How long did it take you to transcribe that from the original Crayon version?

    No, Ralph. What I am is an expert; professionally trained in law, history, political science, logic and English. Apparently topics you don’t understand if you’re willing to make that ridiculous false equivalence that you just did above. See, when someone displays such thorough lack of mastery of factual knowledge such as yourself, for convenience I refer to them as morons. My cats are smarter than you and they lick their own butt. But thanks for the chuckle though. I love it when the willfully ignorant double down. I’ll let you get back to piecing the world together from information you’ve gleaned from the back of sugar packets at Denny’s glued together with spittle from Rush Limbaugh.

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