Saturday, June 23, 2012

Misunderstander of Islam goes on trial, accused of plotting to wage jihad in the US

Um, wait...there must be some mistake.  Islam is a religion of peace and Muslims do not want to blow people up or murder in the name of Muhammad or they?  How could they so thoroughly misunderstand the peaceful and benign nature of Islam and its tolerance of all mankind?

"Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture - [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled." (9-29)

Ah, now I understand.

From FOXNews June 20

Saudi man accused in US bomb plot set for trial

LUBBOCK, Texas – Twice in the days leading up to Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari's arrest federal agents secretly searched the Saudi man's West Texas apartment, where they say they found bomb-making chemicals as well as beakers, flasks, wiring, a hazmat suit and clocks.

They also discovered Aldawsari's journal, handwritten in Arabic, in which he wrote that he had been planning a terror attack in the U.S. for years and that it was "time for jihad," or holy war, court documents show.

Aldawsari wrote that he was planning an attack in the U.S. for years, even before coming to America on a scholarship. He bemoaned the plight of Muslims and said he was influenced by Osama bin Laden's speeches.

Jury selection in the 22-year-old's trial was set to begin Thursday in Amarillo. If convicted, Aldawsari faces up to life in prison.

The results of the two searches at Aldawsari's apartment in Lubbock in February 2011 led authorities to suspect he had nearly everything he needed to build a bomb, having purchased chemicals and other materials online in previous months. He had also researched targets — including dams, nuclear plants or the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush — and how to place bomb material inside dolls and baby carriages, court records show.

Authorities arrested the former Texas Tech University chemical engineering student on Feb. 23, 2011, and charged him with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. He has pleaded not guilty, and attorneys plan to use an insanity defense, court records show.

Oh no, the dreaded insanity defense!  Not enough hugs as a child...bad relationship with a girl...lost his job to the man...road rage...forced accordion lessons...what will it be this time?

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