Terrorists here and there – Vigilance and attention
I spent part of the day in “Urgent Care” with a Muslim woman doctor who treated me diligently for my “swimmer ear” problem. She did not call it that, but that describes the symptom. I feel like I drank the swimming pool and now it is between my ears.
I have to say that person to person contact broadens awareness and helps develop understanding about different beliefs, especially when we engage in common and essential activities like going to the doctor.
I have written some pieces before that border on generalization, and every time I do that I know I will feel stupid about it later.
OK, the story below is about a couple of guys from New Jersey with immigrant roots, one whose parents are Palestinian and the other is from the Dominican Republic. They are both young Americans who were caught on a mission to engage with foreign terrorists. That is a tragedy for multiple reasons, one of which is they squandered a life of opportunity and freedom and exchanged it for life in prison.
I am treating this not as they're being Muslims, because I don’t know if they are or are not. I am treating them more like we used to think of mobsters and international gangsters. Giving them publicity that associates with a religion does disservice to the religion and glorifies the scumsters that they are.
“2 N.J. Men Arrested on Terrorism Charges
By CHAD BRAY And JOEL STONINGTON
Two New Jersey men were arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport as they were allegedly trying to board separate flights to Egypt on their way to join the terrorist group Al Shabaab and wage "violent jihad" against people outside the U.S., prosecutors said Sunday.
Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20 years old, of North Bergen, N.J. and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, of Elmwood Park, N.J., were charged with conspiring to kill, maim and kidnap outside of the U.S., according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Newark, N.J. They face up to life in prison if convicted of the charge.
Two New Jersey Men Arrested on Terrorism Charges
FBI arrests two New Jersey men at John F. Kennedy International Airport as they prepared to board separate planes in alleged terrorism plot tied to radical Islamic group based in Somalia. Video courtesy of Fox News.
Mr. Alessa, an American whose parents are Palestinian, and Mr. Almonte, a naturalized citizen from the Dominican Republic, were taken into custody at JFK on Saturday, prosecutors said. The men were planning to fly to Egypt and then make their way to Somalia by boat to join Al Shabaab, which has been designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. government, prosecutors said.
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that Messrs. Almonte and Alessa had already checked in for their flights and were readying to board when they were taken into custody. He said there was "a scuffle" when Mr. Alessa refused to get down on the ground upon the command from an officer. “