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Robert Spencer: The Two Latest Jihadis in the U.S. Didn’t Grow Up In A Vacuum

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The establishment media routinely ignores such stories, but jihad activity in the U.S. continues. As usual, not only does it get little to no notice in the media, but law enforcement and intelligence officials refuse to consider the larger implications of each case for our national security today and our very survival as a free society in the future.

Ohio’s WHIO reported Thursday that “Naser Almadaoji, 19, was arrested at a Columbus airport on Wednesday with tickets to Kazakhstan. He planned to go from there to Afghanistan to support ISIS, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Benjamin Glassman.”

The WHIO story quoted one of Almadaoji’s neighbors, James Fisher: “I’m extremely shocked that somebody that close to me is thinking about joining a terrorist group like that. In my opinion if they don’t want to be here, then why are they here? But this is kind of scary thinking that someone that close to me is a possible terrorist.”

Sure, that’s scary. But there is no hint in the article that Almadaoji is being treated as anything other than a lone wolf, doubtless “radicalized on the Internet,” as the hoary phrase goes, and entirely cut off from the Muslim community in the Columbus area. Never mind that numerous jihad terrorists have worshiped at the Masjid Omar in Columbus.

Did Naser Almadaoji ever go to that mosque? What do they teach there? Has it ever been investigated? Have FBI agents even been there, other than for “outreach”?

James Fisher might be in for a surprise if he found out what some other neighbors of his were up to, but no one with the authority to investigate seems particularly interested in this. Where Almadaoji got his ideas seems to be a matter of complete indifference to law enforcement and intelligence agents.

The same questions can be asked, and the same official indifference observed, in the case of Alaa Mohd Abusaad, a Muslima in Tusacaloosa, Alabama. Al.com reported Tuesday that Abusaad was “charged by federal authorities in Birmingham with attempting to provide support and resources to terrorist organization al Qaeda.”

“According to authorities,” Al.com continued, “Abusaad instructed a female undercover FBI informant how to send money to the mujahedeen – fighters engaged in jihad – saying money was always needed. ‘You can’t have a war without weapons,’ Abusaad told the informant. ‘You can’t prepare a soldier without equipment.’”

Here again: where did Alaa Mohd Abusaad get the idea to do this? Where did she learn her understanding of Islam? Certainly she is a Sharia-observant Muslim, as her mugshot depicts her looking out expressionless under a black hijab. And Sharia, of course, preaches the necessity of jihad.

Was Alaa Mohd Abusaad taught the paramount importance of observing every requirement of Sharia at home? From her parents? At the local mosque? All of the above? Has Abusaad’s mosque in Alabama been investigated? Why not? Would it be “Islamophobic” to do so? American authorities are betting the future of the United States on the assumption that Muslims here will, perhaps with one or two minor exceptions, assimilate, accept American values, and discard the aspects of Sharia that are incompatible with American law and Constitutional principles.

This assumption is based on an ignorance of history, for as I show in my book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, at no time and at no place in history have Muslims lived peacefully as equals with non-Muslims without some Muslims waging jihad and trying to impose Sharia. The assumption that it will be different for the U.S. is based on nothing in Islamic history or theology, and indeed, on nothing more than wishful thinking.

Neither Naser Almadaoji nor Alaa Mohd Abusaad grew up in a vacuum. But American officials do not wish to ponder the implications of that. And that ensures only one thing: there will be many, many more Naser Almadaojis and Alla Mohd Abusaads.

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His new book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

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