Not enough to sate jihadi impulses
Apparently PlayStations and finger-paints are not enough to change the minds of terrorists concerning the jihad. Thus, even if it were true that “jihad” really means “being a better student, a better colleague, a better business partner. Above all, to control one’s anger” — this story indicates that we can at least rule out trying to redirect the jihad from targeting infidels to, say, “Jihad-of-the -Nintendo” or the “Crayon Jihad.”
“11 ex-Gitmo prisoners on Saudi wanted list,” from UPI, February 4:
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 4 (UPI) — Eleven Saudis released from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are on a list of 85 wanted terrorism suspects made public by the Saudi Interior Ministry, officials said.
Saudi officials said the 11 former Guantanamo Bay detainees underwent a Saudi rehabilitation program for former jihadists and are thought to have fled the country, joining terrorist groups elsewhere, The New York Times (NYSE:NYT) reported Wednesday.[...]
Unclear was whether any of the 11 former Guantanamo Bay detainees participated in terrorist attacks, the Times said.
Well, if they are joining “terrorist groups elsewhere,” it sure seems that, either way, they are now actively planning terrorist attacks.
U.S. counterterrorism officials have confirmed that Said Ali al-Shihri, a Saudi released from Guantanamo in November 2007, was the deputy leader of the Yemeni branch of al-Qaida and suspected of being involved in a deadly attack on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen last year.