Who's to blame for this hate crime? Sarah Palin et al., of course! All of those opposing the cultural center in Tribeca that have whipped the country in a xenophobic fever.
To quote commenter gjk, "so are we now going to ban Muslims from the [ground zero] site? Arrest them if they dare to pray at the memorial? Put a crescent moon patch on them? That's the logical conclusion of all this rhetoric." That, or stabbing cab drivers in the neck.
I hope that instead of putting the assailant in jail, they build a mosque on his face.