Federal law enforcement officials have yet to determine the motive behind Monday’s shocking attack at Ohio State University, but early signs suggest that it was an act of Islamic terrorism.
The attacker was a Somali refugee named Abdul Razak Ali Artan who was a third-year logistics management student at OSU. Monday morning, he drove his Honda into a crowd of students outside a classroom building before attacking people with a butcher knife. Artan injured 11 people in the mayhem before he was shot dead by campus police officer Alan Horujko.
According to U.S. officials, Artan was a legal permanent resident at the time of his violent spree.
Remarkably, the Ohio State student newspaper published an interview with Artan in August, where he discussed being a Muslim student in the West.
“I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what media portrays me to be,” he said. “If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads.”
Nope, it’s people like you and the Orlando killer and the Boston bombers and the 9/11 hijackers who put that picture in their heads. It’s there for a reason, and that reason has nothing to do with the media or Donald Trump or “Islamophobia.” It has everything to do with Islam’s utter failure to convince the average American that they stand against this extremist element in their religion. They’ve had 15 long years to make the case.
According to Fox News, FBI agents are looking into a Facebook post Artan may have written earlier in the day that condemned U.S. military bombings in the Middle East. If this report is accurate, it would bear a striking resemblance to the motives cited by the Tsarnaev brothers and Omar Mateen, the Pulse nightclub shooter.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the rare Democrat who has his head on straight when it comes to Islamic terrorism, said in a statement that Artan may have been radicalized through the internet.
“While we are still awaiting more information from the investigation into the OSU attack, it bears all of the hallmarks of a terror attack,” Schiff said. “The fight against ISIS, Al Qaeda and other terror organizations and their global incitement to radicalism, must be carried out on battlefields far away, and by confronting online propaganda here at home.”
As we pray for the victims, let us also pray that President Trump will do everything in his power to erase this sick ideology off the face of the planet. It’s time to quit messing around.