Leaving "Caliphate Chump Land"
Update # 1 - Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Friday that officials are looking into whether Abdulazeez was what some at Intelligence agencies consider among the "losers to lions," meaning a young person who is "looking for a cause greater than himself" and commits a terrorist act in the process.
- A New York Police Department described a process in which young Muslim immigrants, frustrated with their lives in their adopted country, slowly adopt a philosophy that puts them on the path to jihad. The men meet and share ideas in mosques, in bookstores and over the Internet, it says. The full, half-page article is well worth reading. (The fastest growing segment of Islam in the U.S. is among our prison population. - Bill O'Reilly, The O'Reilly Factor, 08/14/07).
- According to Marc Sageman, a forensic psychiatrist at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a study of 400 Al Qaeda members found 75% of his sample came from the upper or middle class. the vast majority--90 percent--came from caring, intact families. Sixty-three percent had gone to college, as compared with the 5-6 percent that's usual for the third world. These are the best and brightest of their societies in many ways." They are engineers, architects and civil engineers, mostly scientists. Very few humanities are represented, and quite surprisingly very few had any background in religion."