[…] In short, the defense by the Muslim community of these mujahideen wannabes is that they were entrapped. An old and pedigreed defense for anyone whose conviction included informants who worked on the inside.
But alas the question for these Muslim defenders of conspiring murder-suicide jihadists is whether the informants acted in a way to entice or incite these men to do something they would not have done on their own. The evidence at trial was overwhelming. These men were under surveillance well before the government inserted the informants to gather evidence.
More importantly of course is what did the evidence suggest was the basis for these men to be willing to attack US soldiers on US soil in what could only have been a murder-suicide pact?
Let’s look for motivation. Might it have been a common nationality such that there was some underlying political grievance that brought these men together? Maybe they were all Palestinians reacting to America’s oppression of their people and its support of the Zionist entity known as Israel? Iraqis angry at the invasion of their land? No such luck. Nationality fails as a common-ground theory given that these men included Albanians, a Turk, and a Jordanian. In other words, Europeans, a Turk, and an Arab.
Might it have been a common culture? Again, that does not fly given the fact that Albanians are East Europeans who have little to do with the Middle East or Arabs. Turks tend to distrust Arabs such as Jordanians and vice versa precisely because Arabs consider the Ottoman Empire a usurper of the leading role Arabs should play in the leadership of the Muslim Ummah.
Language? Nope. The Albanians and the Turk don’t speak Arabic and the Jordanian Arab speaks neither Turkish nor whatever it is they speak in Albania. The only language they all shared was a broken English. We certainly can’t make the assumption that men who speak a broken English are more likely to engage in murder-suicide given the fact that while this might be statistically true at some level, a quick drill down would lead to the discovery that Chassidic Jews in New York are as likely to speak a poor English as Muslims and after a thorough search, we have not been able to locate a single Chassidic Jew even accused of such an act. The same is true of many other ethnic immigrant groups. There is something more than language at work here.
What is left of course is the evidence. The evidence suggests quite clearly that these men from disparate nationalities, cultures and languages were brought together by the same doctrine that drives al Qaeda (Sunni Wahhabis), the Mumbai mujahideen (Sunni Deobandis), Khomeini-faithful Iranians (Shia), Hamas (Sunni Muslim Brotherhood types), Hizbullah (Lebanese Arab Shia not necessarily faithful to the Persian Khomeini), Sudanese, Somalis, Indonesians, Nigerians, Bosnians, Chechens, and the list goes on and on and on.
So what is that Common Enemy Threat Doctrine that unites these globally distant and unrelated groups? Ask them. Don’t listen to the apologists or even the “experts” who want to suggest that they know better what motivates these groups than the groups themselves. If you simply listen and read what the global jihadists themselves say, it is for all practical purposes identical: The Law of Jihad as articulated throughout Shariah’s 1200 years of development.
In other words, this is not some modern 20th century phenomenon. It is not just the work of the Muslim Brotherhood developed in the 1930s-1950s in Egypt. It is not just the oil-soaked Wahhabis of Saudi Arabia. It is a war against infidels that has been waged since Mohammed came onto the scene and which has waxed and waned depending on how viciously the Muslims fought themselves in internecine battles and how powerful the Ummah was vis-a-vis the infidel West. Many scholars have documented this history and you will know if you are on the right track when you read what the Shariah-faithful themselves have said over the centuries.
When you find yourself reading what some “expert” or some “Muslim leader” or an academic apologist says they REALLY mean when they speak of jihad, know you are drinking Kool-Aid. There is a fundamental difference between being informed by the mujahideen who are doing the murdering and the Shariah authorities–both classical and contemporary–from whom they claim to take instruction on the one hand and the secondary or tertiary literature of the academics and “experts” that is just spinning another “viewpoint” on the other.
Indeed, the latter will tell you at the end of the day that global jihad is all your fault. Western colonialism, imperialism, and institutional racism. Of course, that is not the common language of the mujahideen. Yes, some will take up the Palestinian gripe or the presence of US infidels in Saudi Arabia or Iraq. But that is not a common theme. The only common threat doctrine they all espouse is Shariah and its law of jihad. And, you need not take our word for this. The facts as evidence exists independently of what we say. It is found in the polemics and political tracts of Hamas, al Qaeda, Khomeini, Dow Jones Shariah authority Mufti Taqi Usmani, and many many others.
That of course is why the Fort Dix 5 were convicted. The evidence came from their own mouths in taped conversations; from their own computers; and from their purchase of real weapons to wreck real havoc.