February 21, 2008, - 10:11 am
By Debbie Schlussel
**** SCROLL DOWN FOR IMPORTANT UPDATE: Kazmierczak’s Muslim friend and other Scary Islamist Ties****
After my crime of posting anti-Cankles and anti-B(Hussein)O candy hearts on this site, I’m sure this, too, will attract the ire of my friends at the Nazi-funded Media Matters for America gang.
After all, how dare I repeat the words of a Muslim reporter in the Chicago Sun-Times who was friends with Northern Illinois University killer Steven Kazmierczak, and said he was a good guy because he spoke Muslim phrases in Arabic with a phony Arabic accent and liked HAMAS? The nerve of me to report that Muslim former Northern Star reporter Rasmieyh Abdelnabi says Kazmierczak was “nice, smart” because he liked HAMAS.
I mean, I’m sure this is just a coincidence–him liking HAMAS and then rampaging HAMAS-style, murdering multiple innocent people on the NIU campus:
I met Steve Kazmierczak in an introductory political science class in 2002 as a freshman in college. He was inquisitive, smart, respectful and nice. . . . We would also see each other on campus during the semesters we didn’t have any classes together and catch up.
Our topics of choice: foreign policy and the Middle East. He would especially enjoy practicing his Arabic on me. In 2004, NIU decided to offer a year’s worth of Arabic classes. Steve took both classes without hesitation, excited as could be.
“Assalamo Alikum,” he would say to me, which means “peace be with you” in Arabic. [DS: That is a Muslim greeting. Christians, generally, do not use it.] He would proceed to ask me how I was doing and what I was up to, all in Arabic with a thick accent and a huge, excited smile.
Sometimes I was his walking dictionary and he would ask me, “What does this word mean in English?” or “What is this word in Arabic?” . . .
Once we took a course called “The Politics of the Middle East.” At the beginning of the course, our instructor informed us a research paper would be due by the end of the semester. Steve decided on Hamas, which is known mainly to the world as being a Palestinian terrorist group, which was the first thing that interested Steve about the group. But he also heard Hamas funded many social services, which also interested him. How could one group be put into two completely different categories, Steve would ask.
Unlike most of us, Steve started his research from day one, reading every book he could find on Hamas. He’d give me a status report when we saw each other in class. Steve said that his perception of Hamas changed with all the research he did.
Aside from politics, we sometimes touched on personal discussions about our lives. His was not an easy one. We connected over our difficult upbringings.
Steve told me after high school he left home and had to fend for himself.
Before coming to NIU, Steve was homeless. It was through a great deal of effort that Steve came to NIU because he had to do it all on his own, he said.
He was proud of getting into NIU, excited to learn and do something with his life. At first he was interested in international affairs, but then developed a serious and deep longing to study criminal justice. Steve told me he would need to stay longer in school to get his degree in criminal justice, but it was worth it.
I don’t know the Steve who killed five innocent students who were doing precisely what he valued: learning.
Yup, this guy spoke Muslim phrases in Arabic with an accent and liked HAMAS. Therefore, he could nevah evah be a killer of innocent people. Capiche?
Good thing he’s gone. Very sad he took five innocent people with him and injured countless others. But, hey, he liked HAMAS. So he had “redeeming” qualities.
Exit question: Since it has all the hallmarks–a loser and loner who felt worthless until college, who was taking Arabic and speaking in an Arabic accent uttering Muslim phrases, who learned to love HAMAS–was NIU killer Steven Kazmierczak converting to Islam or did he already? Just a coinky-dink, right? Or as the French would say, “Quelle Coincidence.” Whatta coincidence!
Thanks to reader Brian for the tip.
**** UPDATE: The plot thickens. Brian Keegan of Muslim Watcher writes:
Debbie. The Muslim woman reporter that the NIU shooter talked Arabic to, about Hamas, is a radical Muslim. Just take a look at my blog where she, Rasmieyh Abdelnabi, is mentioned a lot. She wrote radical Muslim pro-Palestinian articles at NIU, and she spearheaded the wearing of the hijab at NIU. She was a leader in the Muslim Student Union, a Saudi Wahabi outfit.
Interestingly, Derrick Shareef, the would-be Cherry Valley terrorist lived in Rockford but went to mosque in DeKalb, just down the block from where the shooting occurred. Shareef also, according to court documents, said he contemplated shooting Jews at the synagogue just down the block from the NIU masjid (mosque). All that’s at my blog.
Ironically, Rasmieyh did a story on Shareef’s plot, and she attended the same NIU mosque as he did, probably in the same time period. Shareef and she probably met, just like the NIU shooter and her met.
He’s definitely on to something very scary. A shame that the MSM doesn’t take his lead.
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