A 24-year-old naturalized US citizen with an engineering degree, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a resident of Hixson, Tennessee, has been described as a normal nice guy. Friends say he returned last year from Jordan, and according to Reuters News his friends described him as having been "concerned about conflicts in the Middle East and the reluctance of the United States and other countries to intervene." Then Abdulazeez purchased three assault rifles and used them for target practice, and on 15 July he texted an Islamic verse to a close friend that included the line:
Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him.
The Washington Post describes him as having,
described his existence in an online blog as a "prison" of monotony and routine. He praised early followers of Islam's prophet Muhammad, who "fought Jihad for the sake of Allah," hailing them as among "the best human beings that ever lived."
On the morning of the 16th he opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing five service members, wounding another service member and a police officer.
Police killed him.
What did Abdulazeez accomplish for whatever cause he wished to advance? It appears to have been an act of revenge that will be of no benefit his fellow Muslims, socially or politically.
If Abdulazeez had studied philosophy instead of engineering, maybe there would have been no rampage. It's common for the study of philosophy in the 21st century to produce ideas that differ from those that were common during the Middle Ages.
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