Friday, September 25, 2009

In the last month, nearly a dozen Muslims have been arrested in the United States on credible charges of domestic terrorism. Is this coincidence or is something else at hand? Let's investigate further:
1) August 2009, seven men are arrested in North Carolina with plans to attack the marine base, Quantico, among other targets.
2) September 2009, three men including a father and son in Colorado and an Imam in NYC are arrested after a terror surveillance action disintegrates. One man is charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.
3) September 2009, an Illinois man is arrested as he used a cell phone to try to detonate a phony bomb he believed was inside a van he had just parked outside the federal building.
4) September 2009, the FBI arrests a Jordanian national living illegally in the U.S. after he attempted to place a "phony" car bomb outside of a federal office building in Dallas.
What are the common threads in all of these terror plots? Those arrested are all male and Muslims. Is there anything significant about the "timing" of these plots? Why August/September?
The Muslim holiday Ramadan began August 22nd and ended with the celebration of Eid-Al-Fitr on September 20th. Ramadan is a month long period when Muslims fast from dawn to sunset and refrain from anything worldly (yes sexual relations too). It is characterized by a period of heightened "spirituality" and increased prayer. Supposedly, it was during this time in the 8th century that the Quran was revealed to Mohammad.
According to several hadiths, during Ramadan all sins will be forgiven and whomever dies will immediately enter paradise.
Does this mean that during Ramadan all Muslims will necessarily radicalize? Of course not, but when one is dealing with fanatical mindsets, the period of Ramadan becomes an impetus for the devoted to execute their terror judgements.

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