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Associated Press Writers Can’t Figure Out Why a Well-Off Texas Muslim Who Graduated from Boarding School Joined al-Qaida


That lobotomy rears its ugly head again in an article by the Associated Press titled, “Why did boarding school graduate join al-Qaida?” It’s easy enough for the writers of the article to ask the question, but finding the answer must have been as complicated as interdimensional quantum rocket science. Note to the AP: When one of Moeed Abdul Salam’s Muslim companions was impressed enough with him to state that his Qur’anic recitation “was very good,” it shouldn’t really be all that difficult to figure out why a well-educated Westerner who lived and breathed the Qur’an decided to partake in the joys of jihad. Here are a few clues to whet the appetites of any aspiring investigative reporters who may be out there …

Sura 3:151, “We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve …”

Sura 4:89, “Have no unbelieving friends. Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.”

Sura 5:51, “O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends …”

Sura 8:12b, “… terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.”

Sura 9:14, “Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace …”

Sura 9:123, “O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you …”

By CHRIS BRUMMITT and GENE JOHNSON – “Moeed Abdul Salam didn’t descend into radical Islam for lack of other options. He grew up in a well-off Texas household, attended a pricey boarding school and graduated from one of the state’s most respected universities.

But the most unlikely thing about his recruitment was his family: Two generations had spent years promoting interfaith harmony and combating Muslim stereotypes in their hometown and even on national television.

Salam rejected his relatives’ moderate faith and comfortable life, choosing instead a path that led him to work for al-Qaida. His odyssey ended late last year in a middle-of-the-night explosion in Pakistan. The 37-year-old father of four was dead after paramilitary troops stormed his apartment.

His Nov. 19 death went largely unnoticed in the U.S. and rated only limited attention in Pakistan. But the circumstances threatened to overshadow the work of an American family devoted to religious understanding…

And his mysterious evolution presented a reminder of the attraction Pakistan still holds for Islamic militants, especially well-educated Westerners whose Internet and language skills make them useful converts for jihad.” Read more.

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