I don’t really want to post this because I have been writing about this for five years and I’m sick of them and sick of the mainstream media that is five years late addressing this serious issue. It takes a blood bath in Kenya for the supposed journalists to get off their duffs.
This is from USA Today and it doesn’t have anything new that we haven’t discussed here ad nauseum. They even brought back Omar Jamal for a cameo appearance.
Long time readers know that we call Jamal the “Somali Jesse Jackson” because he manages to be quoted anytime a Somali gets in trouble anywhere in the US. He originally came to the US illegally, was convicted of immigration fraud, but has simply been movin’ on up!
By the way, I will be reporting the minute we get official confirmation (or at least the minute I hear about it!) that there were or were not American killers (former refugees) in Kenya.
From AP at USA Today:
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Leaders of the nation’s largest Somali community say some of their young men are still being enticed to join the terror group that has claimed responsibility for the deadly mall attack in Kenya, despite a concentrated effort to shut off what authorities call a “deadly pipeline” of men and money.
Six years have passed since Somali-American fighters began leaving Minnesota to become part of al-Shabab [sometimes spelled al-Shabaab—ed]. Now the Somali community is dismayed over reports that a few of its own might have been involved in the violence at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi.
“One thing I know is the fear is growing,” said Abdirizak Bihi, whose nephew was among at least six men from Minnesota who have died in Somalia. More are presumed dead.
Since 2007, at least 22 young men have left Minnesota to join al-Shabab, including two who did so last summer. Unconfirmed reports that two more left earlier this month have deepened concerns.
Al-Shabab means “The Youth” in Arabic. The group uses a mixture of religion, nationalism and deception to lure young people, said Omar Jamal*, a longtime local activist who now serves as the first secretary for the Somali mission to the United Nations.
Former assistant U.S. attorney states clearly what this is all about—-Jihad is a religious duty—a duty to fight!
Anders Folk was an assistant U.S. attorney in Minneapolis for several years of the recruiting investigation before leaving for private practice. Al-Shabab’s recruiting was at least as effective after the Ethiopians left as before, he said.
“Al Shabab’s recruiting technique was essentially a call to jihad, that this is a religious duty,” Folk said. “It was a call to jihad to come and fight.”
* For more on Omar Jamal type his name into our search function and I bet we have two dozen posts on him, maybe more.
Photo can be found at this report of the House “radicalization” hearing in March 2011.