Wednesday, 27 June 2012

"Norwegian man" trained by al-Qaeda, poised to attack the West

What an intriguing report. One wonders how it is that European security officials know so much about this Muslim, but apparently are not in a position to apprehend him. Note also that AP, like all mainstream media sources, and probably taking their cue from those Eurocops, thinks that the most salient detail about this al-Qaeda-trained Muslim, the one to put in the headline and lead paragraph, is not his Islamic faith, although he himself would point to it as his motivation, but his Norwegian nationality, although it is utterly irrelevant to his actions.

Meanwhile, yet another convert to Islam misunderstands his new, peaceful faith. And yet Muslim groups in the West have done nothing -- nothing -- to keep new converts from misunderstanding their new religion in the same way. Now, why is that?

"Norwegian trained by al-Qaida, awaiting orders to attack," from Associated Press, June 25 (thanks to all who sent this in):

 STOCKHOLM — European security officials say a Norwegian man has received terrorist training from al-Qaida’s offshoot in Yemen and is awaiting orders to attack the West.

Western intelligence officials have long feared such a scenario: a convert to Islam trained in terrorist methods who can blend in easily in Europe and the United States and travel without visa restrictions.

Officials from three European security agencies confirmed Monday that the man is “operational,” meaning he has completed his training and is about to receive a target. All requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case.

One official described the man as a Norwegian in his 30s who became radicalized after converting to Islam in 2008. He spent “some months” in Yemen and is still believed to be there.

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