On Wednesday April 22nd the Northern Illinois University Veterans Student Association will be showing a screening of the biggest box office film of 2014, the bio picture of Chris Kyle, American Sniper.
Learning of the films showing on the NIU campus prompted Muslim Student Association member and lead organizer of their response to the film Umraan Syed to write on the groups Facebook page that “I consider veterans and our military to be the real terrorists.”
Syed was unable to provide further explanation of his or his groups views prior publication due to time constraints.
The showing of American Sniper by the NIU student Veterans is part of a day long series of events to highlight the problem of homelessness among military veterans. Following the film many of the attendees will be holding a campout. Late on Friday a legal advisor told the Veterans Student group that they would have to pay over $500 to get the “rights” to show the movie. A GoFundMe account has been sent up to raise the funds to continue with the showing of the film Wednesday evening. Any extra funds will be donated to a local charity.
After a lengthy discussion on their Facebook page Syed and the NIU-MSA appear to have settled on countering the showing of the film by setting up a table near the event to spread their message that the film is a misrepresentation of Muslims and the films supposed Islamophobia. The group had hoped to get the organizers to show a documentary instead of the major motion picture but during an executive board meeting it was unanimously agreed to continue with the showing of the film.
In addition to calling veterans and the military “terrorist” Syed also said that Chris Kyle was a “maniac” that “terrorized innocents”.
NIU student and Iraq war veteran Craig Genteman, who did three tours as a combat medic including during the worst of the fighting during the 2007 surge in Baghdad and the Sunni Triangle, said that “I am very disappointed by the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and other organizations such as the NIU Anthropology Club response towards our event. The homeless awareness event was coordinated to highlight homeless veterans and the issues that create homelessness in the veteran population such as PTSD etc. The MSA has twisted this narrative to make a political statement in an attempt to follow the narrative of other MSA chapters, at other universities across the nation.”
Muslim Student Association chapters and students at college campus have attempted to disrupt or pressure schools in Michigan, Missouri, and elsewhere to not show American Sniper.
The NIU Muslim Student Association discussed doing that, but Syed ludicrously feared that any such protest would lead the veterans that would be present to physically attack the MSA members and supporters.
As a veteran Genteman found that mentality to be highly offensive, “I find this rather insulting to be honest. This was an event to highlight veteran homelessness, never once did we say anything degrading about Muslims. The mentality is that veterans are basically crazy and will fly off the handle. That stereotype needs to stop.”
It should be noted that the NIU Muslim Student Association is affiliated with the national Muslim Student Association which in turn is tied to the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization as designated by the Egyptian government. When the Muslim Brotherhood briefly took power following the ouster of President Mubarak they quickly tried to turn the once secular nation and ally in the war on terror into a tyrannical Sharia terror state. The Muslim Brotherhood was in turn ousted in short order by the Egyptian military that wasn’t going to let roving mobs of Muslim Brotherhood members kill and terrorize the countries Coptic Christians into fleeing the country or allow the Sinai peninsula to be used as a terrorist base camp for launching attacks into Israel.
*Update: Umraan Syed explained his comments and views in a posting late Friday night, and he doubled down on every attack he made against Chris Kyle, American Sniper, and our veterans.
In a statement posted late Friday night to the NIU veterans event page for the film and its related events to highlight homelessness among veterans Syed continued his attacks on the late hero Chris Kyle:
I suggested that we “attend and then read excerpts from his (Chris Kyle’s) book which clearly shows he’s a maniac and terrorized innocents”. This was just an idea to show that Chris Kyle was a bonafide terrorist who, by his own account, shot anything that looked like the enemy, called every Iraqi a “savage”, “only wish I had killed more.” He also writes, “I loved what I did. I still do. If circumstances were different – if my family didn’t need me – I’d be back in a heartbeat. I’m not lying or exaggerating to say it was fun. I had the time of my life being a SEAL.” On an appearance on Conan O’Brien’s show he laughs about accidentally shooting an Iraqi insurgent. He once told a military investigator that he doesn’t “shoot people with Korans. I’d like to, but I don’t.”
Here Syed calls American Sniper a despicable propoganda film meant to fan hatred of Muslims:
This brings me to the main point that the American Sniper film is a despicable, sensationalized, Hollywood propaganda film used to incite and perpetuate an ever-increasing hatred of Muslims. It is no secret that after this movie was released, social media exploded with Islamaphobic comments of individuals wanting to all of a sudden “kill ragheads” and other villainous actions against innocent Arabs and Muslims simply trying to live a peaceful life who have nothing to do with extremists or terrorists in any way, shape, or form. It is a hatred fueled by racism and widely spread through media such as Fox “News” and CNN and other major outlets, including big budget films such as this. Instances that make this film a horrendous choices to view on campus:
And here Syed impugns every man and women who served this nation in Iraq as being a terrorist while taking some pot-shots at me:
the suggestion for a protest of some sort which I discouraged because both sides have very strong opinions on the matter and said I that “I think this would turn into a riot or something”. By this statement, I did not mean that I feared “that any such protest would lead the veterans that would be present to physically attack the MSA members and supporters”. A heinous assumption made by Ulysses S. Arn.
Another statement made by me, “I consider veterans and our military to be the real terrorists. Instead of turning people on to Islam we’d increase their hatred.” The irreputable Ulysses S Arn did not show the context in which I said this which would lead one to believe that I thought of the entire US Army as terrorists when in actuality I was only referring to those who served in Iraq. This was an unjust invasion of a country that had nothing to do with the supposed “war on terror” or “weapons of mass destruction”. By this same logic, every single one of the 500,000 deaths and counting were innocents being murdered for an insidious agenda.
What a piece of work; and apologist for the Jihadist who were killing innocent Iraqis as they tried to kill coalition troops in Iraq. You can read Syed’s full vomit inducing rant here.