ANOTHER ISLAMIST SOLDIER TURNS TERRORIST IN TEXAS
By Dr. Daniel Pipes
Further, he wrote: "I cannot be a soldier in the U.S. Army and continue to remain true to Islam."
Abdo also made anti-American statements during Pashto language class and listed the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on his Facebook page as one of his "activities and interests." He announced his intent, on leaving the U.S. Army, to combat "Islamophobia" and --
In May, 2011, Abdo won C.O. status. But he was also notified that, due to an investigation prompted by his anti-American statements, he would face an Article 32 hearing (the military equivalent of a grand jury) for downloading 34 child pornography pictures on his government-issued computer. Abdo vowed to fight this charge and impugned the Army's motives:
On June 15, the Article 32 hearing recommended Abdo be court-martialed for the illegal pornography. On July 4, he went AWOL (absent without leave) from the 101st. Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. On July 27, he turned up at Guns Galore, a munitions shop in Killeen, Texas, near Ft. Hood, where he bought weapons, ammunition, and bomb-making materials. He also purchased a uniform with Fort Hood patches from a military surplus store.
When the police arrested him later that day, an FBI press release recounted:
Those materials in Abdo's possession corresponded precisely to the "ingredients" listed in the Inspire magazine article on bomb-making.
Abdo admitted to the FBI that he "planned to assemble two bombs in the hotel room using gun powder and shrapnel packed into pressure cookers to detonate inside an unspecified restaurant frequented by soldiers from Fort Hood."
What were his motives?
Two stand out: He confessed to planning to kill soldiers to "get even" with the military, presumably because of the court martial. But his larger goal was Islamist, to strike at kafirs (non-Muslims). He made anti-American statements, read al-Qa'ida's magazine, commended CAIR, spouted off about "Islamophobia," and declared that he could not fight fellow Muslims. Guns Galore is the same store where Major Nidal Hasan bought the weapons he used to kill 14 at Fort Hood in November, 2009. In court, Abdo yelled out "Nidal Hasan — Fort Hood 2009" and "Anwar al-Awlaki" (Hasan's al-Qa'ida spiritual guide). He also screamed "Abeer Qasim al-Janabi — Iraq, 2006" the name of a girl gang-raped and murdered that year by soldiers from the 101st. Airborn Division.
This case highlights a profound issue: Is Islam incompatible with serving in the U.S. government? Abdo's C.O. claim and his would-be terrorism, in opposite but complementary ways, support an argument for their incompatibility. The U.S. Army tacitly accepted his point by granting him C.O. status, a decision perhaps influenced by repeated Muslim attacks on the U.S. military, including Sargent Hasan Akbar's fragging attack in Kuwait, Hasan's Fort Hood rampage, and Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad's assault on a military-recruiting center in Arkansas.
This Abdo-Army consensus has vast implications for Islam in America, suggesting that Muslims constitute a fifth column and cannot be loyal citizens. I disagree: Muslims can be patriotic Americans and exemplary soldiers. That said, the Abdo case once again points to the need for additional scrutiny of Muslims, whether serving in government or boarding aircraft. It's unfortunate, it's distasteful, but the common security demands no less.
I provide what appears to be the fullest account available of the Nasser Abdo case in Nasser Abdo: The Full Story, a 2,500-word weblog entry started a year ago.
© Daniel Pipes 2011
Originally Published in Washington Times, Aug 2, 2011
Republished with the Permission of Daniel Pipes
Reprinted from the Daniel Pipes Mailing List, Aug 1, 2011
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