Here’s a career trajectory that is, as Bob Uecker might say, juuuust a bit outside of the ordinary: Ruslan Maratovich Asainov was a New York stockbroker and a happily married man with a toddler daughter upon whom he lavished affection. But something was missing. A Kazakh native and naturalized American citizen, Ruslan Maratovich Asainov was on a spiritual search that ultimately led him to embrace the religion of most of the people in his native land, Islam. Asainov dived into his new faith with all the zeal of a new convert and then some. Ultimately, his new religion led him to forsake the world of bulls and bears and travel to Iraq and Syria during the heyday of the Islamic State (ISIS). Ruslan Maratovich Asainov is likely the only New York stockbroker to become an ISIS sniper.
Asainov was, however, far from the only convert to Islam who somehow got the crazy idea that his new religion, which every authority in the Western world assures us is peaceful, enjoined him to commit violence against unbelievers. Yet authorities all over the world couldn’t possibly be less interested in this recurring phenomenon; there is not a single counterterrorism agency in any nation in the entire world that studies the phenomenon of conversion to Islam and attempts to determine why so many converts to the Religion of Peace turn to jihad terrorism. As common as this is, as far as counterterror “experts” are concerned, it simply doesn’t exist.
In Asainov’s case, he converted to Islam back in 2009. Soon afterward, he quit his job and, according to his ex-wife, began watching the online sermons of jihad preachers. This was the beginning of a journey that led him, according to an Associated Press report, to his conviction Tuesday for his activities as a sniper and trainer for the Islamic State. According to AP, Asainov “abruptly left his family in Brooklyn in December 2013 and made his way to Syria as IS stormed to power.” Prosecutors said that once there, “he fought in numerous battles and built a notable profile in IS by becoming a sniper and later an instructor of nearly 100 other long-range shooters.”
During Asainov’s trial in Brooklyn, prosecutor Douglas Pravda declared: “The evidence has shown that people died as a result of the defendant’s conduct. It is time to hold him accountable.” Asainov, however, said nothing during the proceedings except to tell the court that he was “not part of this process.” This was a reflection of the Islamic teaching that a Muslim owes no allegiance to any earthly authority, particularly a legal authority that does not recognize the perfect and immutable law of Allah. Asainov was saying that he did not recognize the court itself as legitimate; he would only regard a Sharia court as having any authority to judge him. When he was arraigned, Asainov made this abundantly clear, insisting that he was an “Islamic State citizen, not a United States citizen.”
All that demonstrated that Asainov was and is a true believer, as did his behavior when the FBI questioned him after his arrest. During this questioning, Asainov was, according to AP, “unabashed.” He “gave his occupation as ‘sniper’ and frankly detailed how he’d taught others, explaining that he could spend three hours just on the fine points of pulling a trigger.” He was just as open and honest about his activities when he left his ex-wife voicemails from Syria: “Have you heard of Islamic State? Right. I-S-I-S. Do you watch news on TV? That’s where I am located. I am one of its fighters. We are the worst terrorist organization in the world that ever existed.”
To friends, Asainov “sent photos of himself in camouflage garb with a rifle and pictures of the bloodied bodies of men with whom he said he’d fought.” To one man he thought was a friend but who turned out to be a fed, he sent a “rundown of prominent battles in which he said he’d participated and asked for money to buy a night scope for his rifle.” He even called his mother, but only to tell her that the son she knew “doesn’t exist anymore”; he was, he said, now a mujahid who “fought and killed on divine command, didn’t regret it and would ‘be fighting until the end.’” He declared: “I will never change this path, even if they give me freedom a thousand times. Do you understand?”
Oh yes. But do American authorities? Not in the least. They’re still dogmatically committed to the proposition that Islam is a religion of peace that has nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism. That bland and false assumption only ensures that they will miss the development of many more jihadis like Ruslan Asainov.
Mark Dunn says
So he wasn’t a poor person, he was a Wall Street “King of the Universe.” We are always told that if we give our money ,to the poor oppressed Muslims, terrorism will stop.
David Ray says
The Islamic trash that bombed the London subway system July 7th, were all financially taken care of. Some were even practicing doctors.
Th Tsarnaev brothers had enough disposable income to make two trips to Chechnya & buy extra pressure cookers.
(Nice to know welfare genders such good behavior.)
I see you’ve written another book.
As common as terrorism is, as far as counterterror “experts” are concerned, it simply doesn’t exist.
When Pres. Bush said after 9/11 that “Islam was a religion pf peace and love”, he did the entire world not only a disservice but a grave harm that has plagued humanity for over 2 decades and promises to plague it for the rest of Islam’s existence. I can only assume he got his information from an Islamic Imam or Scholar. Was he really gullible enough to believe a cult that had just murdered 3,000+ innocent people to admit it’s true nature?
David Ray says
Bush also performed nauseating suck-up to a mosque by taking his shoes off and greeting the imams obsequiously.
He also brought a bunch of Islam imam pricks to the White House to reassure them.
(Me? I would’ve put ’em on notice.)
Marc J says
There can be only a couple of reasons why authorities continue to insist that Islam is a religion of peace; 1) money – cash flowing from Soros and his ilk through Clinton Foundation-like entities and off shore bank accounts, 2) the leaders of the left are secretly or openly Muslim – see Obama, Clapper, etc, 3) it’s fashionable, group think on campuses, and in the media etc. or 4) the authorities are anti-semites working for the destruction of Israel. Probably a combination of all four.
I think you forgot one – abject cowardice. If they acknowledged the truth about Islam it follows that they would have to fight or submit. They’re too cowardly to do either.
THX 1138 says
Or they really are stupid, G.W. Bush was not the brightest bulb in the box, he failed at everything he did until he hit upon politics. Just look at the conspicuous number of morons in Congress like AOC. They’re morons but they’re very shrewd morons, they’re intelligent in how to get elected and re-elected and nothing else.
Or they just don’t want to face reality. Some people get cancer and they wait too long because of fear and then it’s too late and they die from it.
But YOU are the brightest bulb on the tree, not “in the box”. I can’t believe you mixed your metaphors.
Just goes to show ya that even the so-called brightest bulb on the tree can be so far outside the box so as to become an incomprehensible idiot.
ArizonaJewish Cowboy says
Drag him out of his cell and skin him alive. Then send his carcass to Biden and Blinken. Enuff said.
Mo de Profit says
Here in the UK the leftist elite Tony Bliar and his cronies enshrined in law “hate speech” under the disguise of islamic terrorism (which the woke predictive text programmers have made difficult to type now) but we were told that hate speech was to prevent islamic extremist imams from generating hatred.
He lied, as do most government officials, and today imams can say whatever they wish but nobody can legally criticise islam, we can criticise Christianity or Buddhism or Hindus or Jews or White normal men, but not islam or any other flag group.