April 18, 2007

Cho Seung-Hui is Ismail Ax

I know nothing more about the case than anyone else with a FIOS connection, but for what it's worth, "Ismail Ax" seems like a gaming avatar.  I know a lot of people are trying to link it to Islam, who knows, maybe, but if anyone out there is tight with the gamers-- especially True Combat and Battlefield 2-- or if you have a teenage son-- I'd ask around.


A bit of a stretch but coul... (Below threshold)

April 18, 2007 7:47 PM | Posted by gibbs williams: | Reply

A bit of a stretch but could IsMail be a reference to Call Me Ishmael the frist sentence of Moby Dick?

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Cho compares himself to Jes... (Below threshold)

April 18, 2007 8:48 PM | Posted by Joey: | Reply

Cho compares himself to Jesus Christ and the crucifixion.

That's funny, because Islam doesn't believe Jesus was crucified. They believe that he lived until old age, and died peacefully.

Could it be that Cho was a Christian who believed in the "end times", and wanted to be martyred for Christ? Most of these end time nuts rail against hypocrisy, hedonism, liberalism, and consider non-psycho Christians as false.

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April 18, 2007 11:13 PM | Posted by Ari: | Reply

Unless if someone comes out of the shadows, I sense we may never know who or what is the meaning behind Ismail Ax.

The facts are while he is South Korean, he's more of an Asian-American, having lived in the U.S. for about 15 years. And I don't buy the Muslim/Ishmael comments going around. Gaming name? Sure. It could be any online name. It could also be spelled wrong, or it could be a code for something else. Who knows. We may never know.

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Another game to investigate... (Below threshold)

April 19, 2007 9:06 PM | Posted by AK: | Reply

Another game to investigate would be World of Warcraft (often abbreviated as WOW)

Deep Throat told the Watergate reporters to 'follow the money.'

In Cho's case, we need to look for the unconscious derivatives (Langs)---
murderers are like artists --they have energy and need a medium by which to give it form.

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WoW-- don't even get me sta... (Below threshold)

April 24, 2007 1:52 PM | Posted by Admin: | Reply

WoW-- don't even get me started... I was once going to write a piece on this. Someone should examine the realtiosnhip between online behavior and real life. I think it'll be the opposite of what's expected, i.e. in WoW he'd be a really nice, kind person, and in real life he'd be an evil killer. And that's because, of course, in the game people like him, so he's nice, and in real life they hate him, so he hates... and it feeds on itself.

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actually islam believes Jes... (Below threshold)

May 7, 2007 7:48 PM | Posted by MK: | Reply

actually islam believes Jesus was taken up to heaven and another man was crucified in his place...
Ishmael was taken by his father (Abraham) and left in the desert (disowned) by his father at the insistance of his father's real wife (Sarah) so that he would not be a threat to his half brother, Isaac... essentially Ishmael disappears from Judeo-Christian scripture... becomes irrelevant... only to reappear in islamic scripture... and it is Isaac instead, who God commands Abraham to "Axe"... to test his faith... so I guess Ishmael could ask God after hearing this story, "why not Axe Ishmael?" Why is Isaac more beloved to Abraham?

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