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Dec. 11 2009 - 3:20 pm | 194 views | 1 recommendation | 2 comments

The 5 ‘Wanna-Be’ Terrorists: Wake-Up Call for Our Muslim Youth

Dude…You have got to be kidding me…

With the recent arrest of five young American Muslims in Sargodha, Pakistan on alleged charges of terrorism by Pakistani authorities, many of the over 7 million American Muslims were collectively groaning and rolling our eyes whilst saying:

“Are you kidding me? Thanks a lot, you idiots…”

A recent CNN article noted that the potential radicalization of American Muslim teenagers has now become known as “jihadi cool,” a term coined by author/psychiatrist (and former CIA official) Dr. Marc Sageman.

“The path for a lot of these kids is essentially like at-risk gangbangers, who want to ’stand up’ for their community, to address grievances of the global Muslim community more effectively than they’ve seen the elder generation address them since 9/11.”

Many professional ‘de-radicalizers’ have said that the great majority of these young men have little sense of what they are doing. They are “extremely shallow theologically and even ideologically.”pakistanmugshots

Furthermore, the absurdity of this most-recent story came from the fact that they tried to ‘hook up’ with two Pakistani militant groups — Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Jamaat ud Dawa — but neither group showed any interest in these wanna-be ‘jang-bangers’ (my newly-coined amalgamated term for ‘jihadi’ and ‘gang-banger’) .

I guess these wanna-be ‘jang-bangers’ should have taken off their NBA jerseys and/or New York Yankees hats…Good grief…

First of all, as someone who has actually driven through Sargodha, Pakistan, I can assure you that these dumb-asses were probably not there for any leisurely sight-seeing or to ‘chill’ during a vacation.

That would be like going to Compton for Spring Break.

Forget Sargodha, Pakistan…You knuckleheads should go to Compton first and see how long you wanna-be ‘jang bangers’ would last there.

Not very long, I promise you.

To any ‘wanna-be’ jang bangers out there; you want to help your community?

Put down your XBOX 360, turn off the over-militaristic ‘Halo 3′ video game and go feed the homeless in a soup kitchen.

That is Islam, my friends.

Not 5 young idiotic hot-heads seduced by Internet extremist propaganda to become brainless zombie pawns on Osama’s sinister death-laden chessboard.

The one major silver lining for this case was that the concept of ‘community policing’ works very well in America today.

CNN highlighted the fact that the young men’s families went directly to their mosques and Muslim civil rights organizations on the morning of December 1st, shortly after discovering their sons were missing.

Furthermore, the families and organizations became more disturbed when they had also discovered a disturbing video posted by one of them.

The groups then “contacted a Muslim community organization involved in de-radicalization efforts”, the director of that organization said to CNN.

The de-radicalizer and Muslim organizations then contacted the FBI and worked closely with U.S. authorities to locate the men. FBI agents then interviewed family members of the missing men in northern Virginia and young Muslims living in the area.

CNN further noted that “the Muslim community in northern Virginia was very cooperative” in immediately reporting this suspicious activity to the FBI.

This sad case study should give all wanna-be terrorists severe pause and they should remember this promise from the American Muslim community:

You will NOT be given any sanctuary within our mosques, community centers and Islamic schools…

For anyone plotting to do any stupid criminal act which would result in the death of even ONE human life, the American Muslim community will pick up our phones so fast and call the FBI that you will not even be able to utter the words ‘Osama bin Laden’ three times in a row before the handcuffs are slapped on your limp wrists.

Because that is our civic duty as proud patriotic Americans and also our religious obligations as loving, practicing and peaceful Muslims.


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  1. collapse expand

    thanks, arsalan, for telling it like it is. now to tackle like minded knuckleheads directly in our local mosques…

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    As much as your description of your Islam is beautiful, I’ve already been exposed to too much hatred and rhetoric, and I’ve already come across so many people who fit those 5 youth’s category versus people who identify with your convictions to honestly and rationally believe that you represent more than maybe 30% of all the Muslims in the world, give or take 8%.
    And that’s just not good enough.

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    Arsalan is an international human rights lawyer and founder of TheMuslimGuy.com

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