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Well, it is about time!
Members of the local left-wing blogosphere are finally starting to talk about the shooting on Friday, but not for the reason you might think.
Those who knew Naveed Haq said Saturday that to them he was an enigma, a puzzle that they wish they could have solved before his deadly rampage in a Seattle Jewish center.
Stunned and saddened by the news, some of Haq’s acquaintances recounted many of what they saw as the contradictions of his life.
He held a degree in electrical engineering and was the son of a successful engineer, yet he couldn’t keep a regular job. He was smart, creative and skilled as a writer. He recently won an essay contest for a U.S. Institute of Peace scholarship.
Yet Haq was frustrated at his lack of friends and female companionship.He told friends he felt alienated from his own family, in part because his career had disappointed his father and also because he had disavowed Islam last year, converting to Christianity.
Haq had begun studying the Bible, attending weekly men’s spiritual group meetings, only to stop coming a few months after his baptism.
He had told the group’s leader that he seen too much anger in Islam and that he wanted to find a new beginning in Christianity.
Yes, now that this snippet has made its way onto the scene, the Seattle left has begun to counter the talk of ‘Islamic Terrorists’ with the schoolyard whine of
Whether Haq drew inspiration from online Crusadist preachers, or whether this act of terrorism was funded, organized, or propagated by a local Christian terrorist cell, something must be done.
But again, their reading comprehension skills fail them. For as soon as they read that far into the Seattle Times article, it was as if the rest of words fell off the page.
This paragraph from the story linked to above is directly below the last paragraph I quoted
Yet in the midst of his shooting spree in Seattle Friday, he declared himself an angry Muslim.
Haq may have been a guy looking for something to balance his life, but when he decided to go out and justify his rage over the problems in his life in his own mind’s eye, he made a choice as to how and who he would represent.
“I am a Muslim and I am angry at Israel!”
Naveed Afzal Haq – July 28th, 2006
“These are Jews and I’m tired of getting pushed around and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East!”
Naveed Afzal Haq, July 28th, 2006
And that settles that.