October 23, 2009

Just Another ‘Typical American Kid’ with Terror Aspirations

I have an article up over at Pajamas Media on Tarek Mehanna -- Boston Terror Suspect: Just Another ‘Typical American Kid’ with Terror Aspirations. Here's a teaser:

The shock of Mehanna’s friends and family is typical. Those acquainted with terrorists often insist that the accused was shy, polite, helpful, or empathetic. It juxtaposes with our natural inclination to want to believe that people aspiring to evil deeds should somehow manifest the true nature of their characters in their day-to-day behavior. That such people aren’t typically raving lunatics, overtly sociopathic, or belligerent fanatics doesn’t dawn on most. It makes us feel safer to assume that a potential terrorist will give us some sort of warning sign.

But in Mehanna’s case there were warning signs. If his friends’ shock is real, then Tarek Mehanna was living a compartmentalized and double life. For the Tarek Mehanna I knew online was not the “moderate” that his apologists portray him as. He was a fanatical Islamist, devoted to the same ideas as al-Qaeda. He spent countless hours translating Arabic texts into English in order to inspire others to become violent jihadists.

Please go read the rest.

No, seriously.

Do it now. If you don't, I will find you. There will be consequences!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:14 PM | Comments |