Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar was seen leaving a mosque before the shooting occurred. This happened in the midst of protests by Islamic groups in Australia, calling for an end to the United States and Russia's involvement in Syria.
It would seem that whoever radicalized Farhad worked quickly because his social media activity trailed off less than two years ago and was said to be mostly concerned with pop-culture trivia, including American basketball and the TV show The Voice. People in the area who knew him described him as an average teenage boy, never before seen wearing an outfit like the black robes he donned for his terror attack.
The Daily Liberal reports that, contrary to the official line about how Jabar acted completely alone, a police source said that increased online “chatter” about a possible attack on the Parramatta headquarters had been detected, leading to orders that police officers were to wear their guns at all times, even when working at their desks.
Australian authorities are striving mightily to ignore this kind of talk and paint Farhad Jabar’s motives as mysterious and inexplicable, although by Saturday, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was giving the game away by saying, “It’s tragic for the family of the police worker, for the community and for Australia as a whole when a 15-year-old boy can be so radicalized that he can carry out a politically motivated killing or an act of terrorism,” adding that “it’s a time for the whole nation to take stock.”
Recently installed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also decried “radicalization” as he declared, “This appears to have been an act of politically motivated violence so at this stage it appears to have been an act of terrorism. It is a shocking crime.”
“We must not vilify or blame the entire Muslim community with the actions of what is, in truth, a very, very small percentage of violent extremist individuals,” Turnbull added, leaving little doubt what sort of radicalization was involved. “The Muslim community are our absolutely necessary partners in combating this type of violent extremism.”
The victim, Curtis Cheng, was a 17-year employee of the police department, survived by his wife and two children in their 20s. “My father was a kind, gentle, and loving person.
He was humourous, generous of heart and always put the family first. He has set a tremendous example for us as a family,” read a statement from the family. “We are deeply saddened and heartbroken that he has been taken from us, but we are truly grateful for the fruitful and happy life he has shared with us.”
The fact that incidents like this are occurring all over the world and the media is still trying to sell Islam as a religion of peace is sickening. Anybody who would ask a 15-year-old boy to sacrifice their life for an extremist cause is clearly not somebody following a religion of peace.