This week, failed terrorist Adis Medunjanin was found guilty of attempting to blow up the New York City subway system. Medunjanin’s two cohorts, Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay pled guilty and cooperated with the feds. According to the New York Post, “the trio planned to detonate would have caused significant destruction and death in a subway car.”
The story that goes untold is the one of the college that funded and facilitated the trio, while also ignoring the warnings of Islamic extremism on campus.
The three failed terrorists met at Flushing High School where they became friends. Both Medunjanin and Ahmedzay attended the Queens College; Medunjanin graduated while Ahmedzay dropped out.
It was during their time at Queens College between 2004 and 2009 that they joined the Muslim Student Association (MSA). It was also during that the two decided it would be their life’s mission to fight for the Taliban. The duo reconnected with Zazi who had since graduating high school had moved to Colorado. In 2008, the trio traveled to Peshawar, Pakistan where they would later go on to Waziristan and received training from Al Qaeda. The duo returned to Queens College to finish their degrees and Zazi traveled back to Colorado.
In the semester after the two had left school, I became the vice-president of the Queens College Republican club. In early November of that year, the Queens College Republicans decided to have showing of the film “Fitna” by Dutch politician Geert Wilders. The short film discussed the radical transformation of Europe, which was becoming more Muslim and were losing their democratic values as a result.
It was during that viewing that forty - mostly female members of the MSA attended the small showing, which comprised of seventy in total. After the viewing ended, the members of the MSA began to pass out papers about the misleading information and how the Quran and Islam were part of the religion of peace. When a debate started between the College Republicans and the MSA, the conversation turned ugly.