Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a refugee from Somalia, stabbed multiple people with a butcher’s knife before being shot dead by police at Ohio State University on November 28th.
Artan was a seemingly happy college student and was even seen smiling during his graduation from Columbus State Community College in May of this year. Artan went on to attend OSU this fall.
However, the same could’ve been said about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was responsible for the pressure cooker bombing of the Boston Marathon on April 15th, 2013.
All of Tsarnaev’s friends and family were shocked when they learned of the atrocities that he committed. It seemed out of character.
But there was writing already on the wall.
Just minutes before Artan’s attack, he had become radicalized and posted his bitterness about the mistreatment of Muslims in a Facebook rant where he was clearly on the verge of being explosively violent.
Artan’s chilling message said:
“I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters being killed and tortured EVERYWHERE. By Allah, I am willing to kill a billion infidels in retribution for a single disabled Muslim.”
Unsurprisingly, Artan also praised American-born Al Qaeda leader, Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a CIA drone strike in 2011 and has been cited as the inspiration for many terror attacks on American soil.
Artan was always protective of the way Muslims were portrayed. In an August 25th edition of OSU’s newspaper, The Lantern, Artan was featured discussing his distress on how the media portrays Muslims.
“I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think.”
But then he concluded that he doesn’t blame people for judging him:
“It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable. I was kind of scared right now [of praying in public].
But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed.”
Is it possible someone got to him between this despair and the Ohio State bloodshed?
A terrorism expert, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, suggests the attack by Artan looks very much like an ISIS inspired event.
Dr. Gorka pointed out that this attack is similar to the 2014 murder of a British soldier by two Islamists.
He also pointed out that it resembled the terror attack in Nice, France last July, in which a jihadist drove a cargo truck into a crowd of people.
Gorka added that radical Islamist magazines like Al Qaeda’s “Inspire” and ISIS’s “Dabiq” have called for lone wolf attacks using vehicles or knives, which is exactly what Artan did.
Gorka also said this reinforces the need for the thorough vetting of any refugees coming to the U.S. from countries that are hotbeds of radical Islamic ideology.
Gorka said, “This is one reason I think Donald Trump was so successful in the recent presidential election. He talked about extreme vetting, about the fact that we cannot adequately vet people from war zones or regions of instability.”
We know this is clearly an act of terrorism, but the White House and liberal media will try to downplay it as much as possible.
It’s not out of reach to think Artan was somehow directly involved with ISIS in some capacity, given his despair for Muslim treatment and hatred for how the media portrays them.