This victim of a horrific acid attack nailed the problem in how we see terrorism.

Warning: This tale contains graphic imagery from an acid assault .

Jameel Muhktar thought it was some sort of “practical joke” at first. But soon after the 37 -year-old rolled down his automobile window in East London to greet the man who’d been knocking on the glass, he realized the stranger had far darker motives.

“He only squirted this clear liquid over us, ” Muhktar told Channel 4 News. Then, Muhktar’s skin started to burn.

Muhktar had been doused with acid.

Photo via GoFundMe.

Resham Khan, Muhktar’s younger cousin who’d been sitting next to him in the car, was also targeted.

Photo via GoFundMe.

Left with severe burns covering large areas of their bodies, Muhktar and Khan, who are both Muslim, required emergency skin-grafting procedures to be followed in repair their overwhelmingly painful injuries.

“I’m devastated, ” Khan wrote in a tweet thread that’s gone viral. “I maintain wondering if my life will ever be the same.”

The two had been celebrating Khan’s 21 st birthday the day they were attacked.

“We’re innocent people, ” Muhktar told Channel 4. “We didn’t deserve that. I’ve never seen this guy in my life.”

The guy Muhktar spoke of is 24 -year-old John Tomlin the reported attacker, known to have ties to the far right.

Even though officials have said “there is no current information to suggest that this attack was racially or religiously motivated, Tomlin’s past comments surely sows doubt. A Facebook page operated by Tomlin currently a wanted man in the U.K. contains posts linked to bigoted, nationalist rhetoric, The Independent reported.

A sleeping lion can only be elicited so much before it wakes up and attacks, ” one post from 2015 reads. “And so will us British.”

In his interview with Channel 4 News, Muhktar pointed out a sad reality: Why isn’t our own countries reacting the same way it would if he’d been a white man attacked by a Muslim?

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It’s definitely a hate crime. I believe it’s something to do with Islamophobia. Maybe he’s got it in for Muslims because of the things that have been going on lately . … If this was an Asian guy like myself, going up to a couple in a car … an English couple, and acid attacking them, I know for a fact and the whole country knows it would be straight-away classed as a terrorism attack.”

Muhktar’s comment points to a disturbing trend in the U.S. and Europe.

The way we view violence is heavily dependent on who’s committing the crime. When a white person, motivated by abhor, attacks a person( or people) of a different group, do we perceive it as a heinous act?

We tend not to even though white, right-wing extremists have killed more people in the U.S. in recent years than jihadists have. We consider those acts as crimes committed by “lone wolfs, ” though people acting independently of any sort of hate-filled ideology. That’s simply not the case.

As anti-Muslim attitudes and violence rise in the West, it’s important we get our facts straight.

Fortunately, many people in the U.K. and around the world have been alarmed by Tomlin’s acts of violence, and they have rallied behind Muhktar and Khan in their period of need.

Two separate GoFundMe pages have been set up one for Mukhtar and one for Khan so that supporters can help the two with mounting medical expenditures.

“Although we have faith justice will be served once the criminal is caught, the scars Resham and Jameel will carry will last a life period, ” reads one of the pages.

Watch Muhktar’s interview with Channel 4 News below:

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