Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), one of two Muslim Congressmen in the US House of Representatives has called for “retrieving” the missing Minnesota Somalis from Moghadisdu, continuing the theme that is obviously developing to paint these former refugees turned Jihadists as “victims” as one of our commenters reminded us recently*. From Minnesota Public Radio:
St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison said the U.S. government is trying to ensure the safe return of some of the young Somali-American men believed to be fighting with a terrorist group in their homeland.
Ellison said he has been included in classified briefings about efforts to bring the missing men back to the Twin Cities.
At least four Somali-American men from Minnesota who left to fight in the Horn of Africa have died there in recent months.
If the Obama Administration sends even one of our young military people to Somalia, risking their lives to rescue Ellison’s voters, it will create a firestorm of outrage across this country! Excepting the teenaged (and now dead) Burhan Hassan, the majority of these Somalis who rejected the good life to become jihadi fighters are grown men.
I have an idea! Send Ellison to talk with Al-Shabaab and RETRIEVE these supposedly gullible men!
Congressman Keith Ellison thinks the U.S. should try to retrieve the Minnesotan men who may have been misled into joining Al-Shabaab and want out.
“We can’t have a knee-jerk emotional reaction,” Ellison said. “We’ve got to have an intelligent reaction. If a young person says, ‘I have been lied to. I don’t like these people. I want to get away from them,’ we should help them do that, as long as we know that does not create a public safety issue for Minnesotans and Americans.”
Ellison wouldn’t offer more details of the plans, saying the discussions were classified. But he said the efforts involve private non-governmental organizations as well as government entities. A State Department official did not respond to requests for interviews.
These MEN pose a danger to the US if returned.
But bringing the remaining recruits back to the U.S. isn’t without risk. John Radsan, a former assistant general counsel for the CIA, said the U.S. government is taking such a heightened interest in the case of the Somali-American fighters because of broader concerns on global terror.
“These people are trained, perhaps over there. They become radicalized over there,” Radsan said. “They are engaged in combat, and if those people can be put on that cycle, it’s only another step before they might come back here to do bad things in the Twin Cities.”
But, nevermind, Ellison says let’s “re-integrate” them into American culture!
Congressman Ellison agrees that the U.S. government’s first responsibility is to protect its residents. But he also thinks if the recruits pose no threat to national security, they should be allowed to re-integrate into the American culture they left behind.
Mr. Ellison, are we going to take their word for it—that they pose no threat. And, by the way, they were obviously never integrated into American culture in the first place!
* This is what commenter Mars said when the indictments were unsealed against two of the “youths” who returned from Somalia:
It’s clear to me that there is an attempt being made, by defense attorneys, the Somali community and relatives, to portray these guys as victims. Let’s try to guess how many people these “kids” may have killed themselves. While they may be young, they were/are adults and responsible, just like the rest of us, for their own actions. It’s not some simple youthful folly like getting a body tattoo. Were they influenced by someone? Undoubtedly, but they also have free will. I really see the media attempting to portray them as beguiled innocents , when in fact they were out to willingly create their own victims in the name of Allah