NJ Somali professor blames radicalization on internet and mosques

An American born Somali professor of history at Rutgers University in NJ expressed dismay in the wake of the arrests of two would-be Jersey Jihadists about the radicalization Somalis are getting in mosques here in the US.  He worries that the Somali community will now be watched by the FBI (hope so, but don’t hold your breath!).

From Voice of America:

A Somali-born U.S. professor is blaming the radicalization of young Somalis on Internet exposure and indoctrination in mosques.

This comes as police in New York Sunday arrested two men who they say were allegedly preparing to join an al-Qaida-linked militant group in Somalia.

Said Samatar, professor of African history at Rutgers University in the state of New Jersey told VOA he lives about an hour’s drive from the homes of the two suspects identified as 20-year old Mohamed Hamoud Alessa and 26-year old Carlos Eduardo Almonte.

He said he fears the arrests will be bad for Moslems in general, and for Somalis in particular.

It’s those Afghan and Pakistani Imams!

He expressed regrets that young Somalis were being brain-washed and radicalized by the Internet and some mosques.

“As you know, the world, because of the Internet, has become one global village now. So, the indoctrination they received through the Internet, plus going to these mosques where they are brainwashed by these Pakistani, Afghani mullahs, the guys with the long beards who would tell them about this world of pleasure that is waiting for them,” he said.

What?  No world of pleasure!

Be sure to revisit the comments by Khadra, here.

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