I couldn't understand the frenzy that bloggers all around the world have been trying to decipher/discover what Ismail Ax stands for.
It was written in red on Seung-hui Cho's arm as he went rampaging expressing his hate for the world.
The revelation of the delivered package and its contents, and that he seems to have been suffering some sort of paranoiac delusion involving the figure Christ has added further conjecture.
He states in one of the videos that:
You thought it was one pathetic boy’s life you were extinguishing. Thanks to you, I die like Jesus Christ, to inspire generations of the weak and the defenseless people.
I 'd like to put it to you that there's a possibility he hasn't misspelled the word, being on his arm it may have been partly illegible.
I believe it may have been read incorrectly.
Remembering that Cho was born in South Korea and that his writing shows a certain resistance to the adaption of English, not forsaking he has shown terrible spelling.
The real clue has come in the picture of the delivery packet he sent to NBC New York.
If you look closely you can make out that the spelling is far closer to the biblical reference than first thought.
If you look closely you will see it spells Ishmel with the  being the only letter that could be debatable.
I have asked a few fellow bloggers to gauge their reaction and some see an ' i ' and others see an ' a '.
The reason I believe some see an 'i' is because there is a dot above where the letter appears. This makes us believe its an 'i'. But its a funny 'i' at that. If you simply ignore the dot it looks very much like an 'a'.
Why would you chose to ignore the dot? Well you chose to ignore the dot above the V and A, V'A. You also chose to ignore the dot above the number 8, the last of the two eights has a dot above it.
If you compare the complexity of Korean writing, with its small specifically placed strokes, and his rather 'messy' style of writing then it is easy to conclude that he may actually rest his pen, as he writes causing the sporadic dot.
I think its probably fair conjecture that, although the videos and photographs may have been done in the days/weeks preceding, this delivery envelope was most likely written the very morning that he had already shot dead two people.
Its not surprising that the writing may not be perfect, I think most can already feel confident that Cho was undergoing some sort of massive mental breakdown/ paranoiac episode.
Now that we can see that it isn't:
Let every one find the 'hidden' meaning of Ishmael Ax
ABC news provides an insight:
In Strong's Concordant dictionary, ABC points out that :
the name "Ishmael" literally translates as "God will hear."
Seems the biblical story of Ishmael returning to the temple and smashing all the statues to save the city, may have come true for Cho.
It's a pity the statues were people with Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, and Uncles and Aunts and Friends.
I ask my self, could a disturbed individual leaving this earth, cause more pain than what this person Seung-hui Cho has caused?
I hope the families some how find peace.
Unfortunately those seeking and trying to find the reason why, are bound to be disappointed, there is no clearly definable reason here, there's just the horrible realisation that 32 innocent people, who have done nothing wrong are now dead.
'Ismail - Ax': Breaking the Riddle
Chicago Tribune: Many theories for 'Ismail Ax'
*[SIC] as per original ABC article
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