A close friend of Nicholas Thalasinos, one of the victims of the San Bernardino shooting, said that gunman Sayed Farook had threatened to kill Thalasinos because he was Jewish and asserted that “Islam will rule the world.”
CV Claverie posted the following Facebook message on Thursday evening;
“The Islamic terrorist who took the Life of my friend & bro in Christ, Nicholas Thalasinos, on yesterday in San Bernadino, CA, had been threatening him, telling him that islam will rule the world, Christians and Jews deserve to die; and that he (Nicholas) was going to die.”
“But, they aren’t reporting that in the “news” …I wonder why …”
The fact that no mainstream media outlet has reported on Claverie’s statement will fuel charges that the press is downplaying the role that Farook’s devotion to Islam played in the massacre.
Claverie’s claim correlates with a CNN report that explains how Farook had argued with Thalasinos over the latter’s fierce criticism of ISIS.
“One of Farook’s colleagues killed in the attack, Nicholas Thalasinos, liked to discuss religion and politics. Farook and Thalasinos, reportedly a devout Messianic Jew, had a “heated, passionate” discussion about politics and religion a few days earlier, said Kuuleme Stephens, a friend of Thalasinos, who called him at work while Thalasinos was in the middle of the conversation,” states the report.
Thalasinos’ widow, Jennifer, also said that he was “very upset about what ISIS has been doing and the radicalized Muslims.”
According to the pastor of one of the victims of the attack, Farook also told Thalasinos, “You will never see Israel.”
While the FBI is officially treating the shooting as an act of terror, many analysts and media outlets are still insisting that a “workplace dispute” could have played a role too.
Farook’s wife and accomplice, Tashfeen Malik, praised ISIS on social media immediately before the attack and pledged loyalty to its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
A pro-Islamic State news outlet also said that Malik and Farook were “ISIS followers”. Farook was known to have watched Islamic State propaganda videos on the Internet.