What may be the final follow-up to the Valentine’s week massacre of 2007 got local coverage only — in the Salt Lake Tribune and by Salt Lake City radio station KSL. But at least a couple of the findings in this recently released FBI report on the incident go unmentioned by either news organization. Here are the significant findings in the report about Bosnian-Muslim murderer Sulejman Talovic, who killed five Americans and wounded four:
1) Talovic was described as a religious Muslim, attending mosque on Fridays and praying outside of mosque as well.
2) He wore a necklace with a miniature Koran at the time of the shooting.
3) His body was prepped at a mosque before being sent to Bosnia.
4) He told his “girlfriend” the night before that “tomorrow will be the happiest day of my life…” (a likely reference to martyrdom).
5) He held prejudicial beliefs against Serbs, homosexuals, and blacks.
6) Police were called to his school in 2004 after Talovic was caught looking at guns on the internet and making the statement that his “grandfather was in the jihad.”
That last one indicates that Bosnians secretly know they were engaged in a jihad even as they claim victimhood.
In this redacted FBI form, meanwhile, a co-worker said that Talovic would sometimes do Nazi salutes.
But for some reason, the emphasis in this Salt Lake Tribune article is not on the fact that Talovic had a history with Islam, hatred and violence (all mutually-fueling factors), but on the fact that he had a history with the mall as a hangout:
When 18-year-old Sulejman Talovic walked into Trolley Square and opened fire on shoppers, he was returning to a childhood hangout, according to newly-released FBI documents.
Talovic and his family used to live one block from the mall, and one person told agents Talovic played there with his sisters as a child.
…But in 745 pages of reports, the FBI did not conclude why Talovic committed the Feb. 12, 2007, shooting or uncover any evidence of a wider plot behind them…
And of course, if there is no wider plot, then let’s block out the possibility of Sudden Jihad Syndrome as well.
…The FBI wrote that Talovic in 2001 or 2002 “made a statement that he was going to shoot white people, like Serbs.” The nine people Talovic shot at Trolley Square were white.
“…white people, like Serbs.” That would be a reference to us, Folks. How many times do I have to say it? In the Balkans, Serbs were target practice for Muslims — like Jews are in the Middle East. Practice for the rest of us. And so we helped the Muslims take aim.
…One of the people later told the FBI Talovic said he liked white supremacist music. “I don’t like black people,” Talovic reportedly said. “That’s why I was in the KKK.”
Another witness said he once saw a wound on Talovic’s arm and asked about it. “Talovic said he had previously gotten a swastika tattoo and had then removed it himself, by cutting it off,” according to notes of the witness interview.
Talovic said “he did not know what the swastika meant and stood for when he had gotten the tattoo.” Talovic’s family told agents he did not have a tattoo.
…One person…told the FBI Talovic said he hated “faggots” and was smoking opium and crystal meth.
…Talovic wore a necklace containing a miniature Quran during the attacks, documents say, and FBI agents asked many people about Talovic’s Islamic faith. Family told agents Talovic once attended a mosque for prayers every Friday but stopped when he left school and began working. Co-workers did not observe Talovic praying during the day.
The FBI found no evidence his religion was a factor. […]
A report of an FBI investigation into a Utah mall shooting says agents could find no reason for the Feb. 12, 2007 shootings or uncover evidence of a wider plot.
The investigation was finished in 2007 and details are only coming out now through a Freedom of Information Act request.
…FBI agents say he bought shotgun shells on Feb. 8, 2007, then had a phone conversation the day before the attack, saying, “Tomorrow is going to be the happiest day of my life, but it will happen only once.”
“I can’t speculate as to what he may or may not have meant in saying that,” [FBI Special Agent Tim] Fuhrman said. But Fuhrman says the FBI does know the attack wasn’t a terrorist attack, as some had speculated.
“Clearly, he had some religious beliefs, but just because someone has religious beliefs doesn’t mean anything is a terrorist act, he said.
…The FBI was unable to confirm many of these statements or prove they were what he truly believed. The agency does know that Talovic acted alone, without telling anyone why, leaving no notes or clues.
“We just were unable to pin down any particular motive as to why this would happen, and unfortunately his motivations went to the grave with him,” Fuhrman said.
No, they went to Paradise with him.
The documents also hint at possible mental issues and drug use leading up to the shooting. […]
There is no assessable “motive”, because Islam is still desperately viewed as a religion rather than a motive.
So, my fellow Americans. NOW do we think that maybe it really was “Allah Akbar” we heard in that much contested audio clip of the shooting?
Finally, it should be pointed out that the date of the shooting, Feb. 12th, is significant. Five years earlier, Feb. 12th was the opening day of the Hague tribunal against Slobodan Milosevic for finally fighting back against the Balkans monsters that were attacking his citizens. We put a reluctant anti-jihadist on trial on Feb. 12, 2002, and on the same day five years later one of the monsters he was fending off opened fire on us.
When I first started analyzing the Trolley Square Massacre, I pointed to an instant defense that media and family alike used on behalf of the shooter: THE SERBS MADE ME DO IT! (I also suggested that perhaps Talovic learned to kill not from seeing Muslims killed, but from seeing Muslims kill.)
Jasmin Miljkovic was tortured as a 12-year-old boy growing up in war-torn Bosnia…His mother hoped for a better life for her son when they moved to America, but Miljkovic never got over the post-traumatic stress from his early life.
On Wednesday in Lake County Common Pleas Court, Miljkovic — now 29 — seemed resigned to the fact that he will die in prison for murdering popular Willoughby dentist Robert Kalina.
…[Public defender Charles] Grieshammer said Miljkovic — the father of an elementary-aged daughter — never meant to harm the 70-year-old dentist when he entered Kalina’s Willo Medical Building on Nov. 4, 2006, to steal a Rolex watch. [Living among Serbs made him covet Rolex watches!]
“This is a typical half-baked robbery plan,” said the defense attorney. “Dr. Kalina did something he did not expect. He gave resistance.”
…”We welcomed you and your family into this country and then you turn around and show your appreciation by committing those very same acts (that occurred in Bosnia) on another person,” the judge said. […]
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