A friend one of the people killed yesterday in San Bernardino has said that Syed Farook had an argument about Islam with that co-worker two weeks ago:
Kuuleme Stephens told the Associated Press she happened to call 52-year-old Nicholas Thalasinos while he was at work and having a discussion with Syed Farook.
Thalasinos identified Farook by name and told her Farook believed Islam was a peaceful religion.
She added that Farook said Americans don’t understand Islam.
Stephens says both men worked as county restaurant inspectors and regularly discussed politics and religion. Thalasinos identified as a Messianic Jew and was passionate about pro-Israel causes.
Whether this was the impetus for yesterday’s events remains to be seen. But if it is then it would seem that Farook was awfully eager to prove Thalasinos right. In other words, “Don’t say Islam isn’t peaceful or we’ll kill you.”
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