Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch has posted the response from an Islamic Forum on the VA Tech killings. Shocking no one, they praise the killer, even giving him a nickname that exalts him to the likes of the dead Al Qaeda leader in Iraq:
Cho Seung Hui wrote “Ishmael Ax” on his arm, signed his package to NBC “A. Ishmael,” and criticized Christianity in his video message. Do these things make him a jihadist? No. There is plenty of evidence that he was a deeply disturbed young man, full of rage and murderous fantasies, but none at this point to indicate that he had any actual connection to or interest in Islam or jihad.
However, that did not stop some jihadists on Islamic forums from celebrating his deed as if he were one of their own, and even dubbing him “Abu Mus’Ab Al-Virgini,” after the late Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi. The blogger Basharee Murtadd caught posts on two Arabic-language Islamic forums; one has been taken down, but the other is still there. Some excerpts:
“Al-Jazeera reported 20 dead and 29 injured. Praise be to Allah.”
“Praise be to Allah for these calamities hitting America. By the will of Allah, more of this [will happen], following their defeat in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
“As Muslims, our real condolences to you is to help you absolutely destroy your criminal democracy. By the vulnerable people in the Earth.”
Nice, eh? They claim the killer as one of them, because they can relate to him. The VA Tech killer hated Americans and our way of life. He said we “made him do it”. He had no problem taking out as many innocent people as he could before making himself into what he perceived as a “martyr”. Thirty two less infidels (although I’ve read one victim was Muslim) on the Earth for them to worry about.
Rusty at Jawa Report elaborates more on this concept, saying the killer might not have been one of them, but he wasn’t one of us:
I’m not trying to imply that Cho was either a Muslim nor that he was a Communist. However, in addition to being a lunatic, it would seem that he was also an America hater.
It says something more about the social construction of Islamic identity than it does about Cho’s personal demons. That is, Islam is seen by many as the symbol of ‘resistance’ to [insert demon here: 'imperialism', 'Zionism', 'consumerism', 'over sexualization', etc.].
[...] Cho was no Muslim, but he chose a Muslim name to make a statement. That statement was that he was not one of us. And if that is accurate, then Muslims in America are going to need to more vocally reject groups like CAIR, MAS, and the ISNA to ‘speak for them’. Because as long as these groups speak for Muslims, then the perception that Muslims are them rather than us will continue.