The young jihadist fellows who traveled to Somalia all attended one Minneapolis mosque, the Abubakar Islamic Center, so the FBI is sensibly taking an interest in activities there. This is a welcome change from the extreme deference the FBI accorded Sons of Allah where in years past the agency has denied monitoring mosques, which may have been true or not. However, convictions of Muslims have accumulated in the last several years, particularly the important Holy Land Foundation case, so the FBI may believe it can now be more honest about its intelligence gathering. It is reassuring for citizens who may have worried that the FBI has become hopelessly PC as indicated by its excessive and undiscerning Muslim outreach. Hopefully there will be more police work and less (preferably zero!) touchy-feely.
Mosques have long been centers of anti-America organizing, as a result of Saudi funding of radical publications and the mosques themselves. A 2005 investigation of US mosques by Freedom House found that Muslims in the United States are instructed that they should "behave as if on a mission behind enemy lines".
Here's a recent report: FBI Watching Somali Muslims In Minneapolis, CBS News, March 3, 2009.
On election night last November, the outcome was wildly celebrated by Somalis living in Minneapolis, 70,000-strong, mostly refugees from their war-torn country. It is the largest Somali community in the United States, reports CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds.Yes, Shirwa Ahmed could have blown himself up in the huge Mall of America nearby and killed lots of infidels. It's reasonable to assume that mosque leaders have exhorted young men to do their explosive behavior in Somalia and not the United States. The lack of bombings in the US gives credence to Robert Spencer's contention in his recent book Stealth Jihad that jihadists are now committed to using peaceful means to achieve their long-term aim of a worldwide caliphate including America.
But the evening was noteworthy for something else, too. That night, the latest in a line of young Somalis who grew up here, departed unannounced for Somalia itself, joining a civil war in a country few had ever seen and causing concern in the United States.
Hussein Samatar's 17-year old nephew left without a word to his family.
"He was an A student," says Samatar. "He has everything to hope for to attend any Ivy League school that he wanted to. Why he would do it is a mystery to us."
Some 20 vanished last year - all American citizens - an exodus the FBI has noticed for a troubling reason.
"A man from Minneapolis became what we believe to be the first U.S. citizen to carry out a terrorist suicide bombing," said agency director Robert Mueller.
The October attack by 27-year-old Shirwa Ahmed killed 30 near Mogadishu, and there is alarm that the skills acquired abroad could be brought back to America.
"He could have done it here," says Omar Jamal, a Somali advocate in Minnesota. "We don't see anything that would have prevented him from doing this right here in the heart of Minneapolis."
It's a smart strategy, because bombs just make Americans angry. The left's various arms like the press and the ACLU provide plenty of means for overturning traditional society using existing means. When someone disagrees with the Islamic agenda, there are deep pockets for lawyers and mouthpieces to raise a squawk about "racism" even though Islam is a religion and not a race. Trifles like accuracy no longer matter in our devolved public discourse, where cultural intimidation is pursued rather than honest discourse over differences.
Of course, it's Muslim immigration that facilitates this infiltration and subversion, and a wise country would stop welcoming potential enemies. Wouldn't it?