He said it. If I had, it would have been “Islamophobic.” As it is, he could find justification for the practice, as some Muslims have, in the Qur’an’s promise of Paradise to those who “kill and are killed” for Allah (Qur’an 9:111).
This is a few weeks old, but as we missed it then, it is well worth noting now. “Dix informant: Men spoke of sniper training,” by Geoff Mulvihill for The Associated Press, December 2 (thanks to Diana West):
CAMDEN, N.J. “” Jurors in the case of an alleged plot to attack Fort Dix heard recordings Tuesday in which some of the five defendants talked about buying weapons, sniper training and killing soldiers.
One of the men, Eljvir Duka, asked whether a rifle would be a powerful enough weapon.
“Can you shoot an American soldier from a mile away and kill him?” he said.
Duka’s words were captured on recordings secretly made by an FBI informant in February 2007, during a trip he and the defendants made to Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. The informant, Besnik Bakalli, testified that he hoped the trip would be a vacation but that he believed it was really training for jihad “” holy war.
Government prosecutors used the recordings and Bakalli’s testimony to support their claims that Duka, his two brothers and two other men were plotting to kill soldiers on the Army”s Fort Dix. Defense lawyers, who have not yet been able to question Bakalli in cross-examination, say the men were not seriously planning anything. […]
The suspects, who were in their 20s when they were arrested, are all foreign-born Muslims who have lived for years in the comfortable Philadelphia suburb of Cherry Hill.
All five men could face life in prison if they are convicted. They face charges of conspiracy to kill military personnel, attempted murder and weapons offenses. […]
During one taped conversation, one of the suspects, Shain Duka, asks a group of men, “Where does it say in the Quran that you can’t do suicide bombs?”
A few moments later, Shain Duka says the suicide bombs deployed in Iraq against U.S. military targets were permissible. “The way they do in Palestine,” he said, referring to Israel, “I”m not for that.”