Now why would a mild-mannered software engineer get it into his head to do something like this? Reuters, of course, gives us no hint whatsoever.
“Canadian given 10-year sentence for UK bomb plot,” by David Ljunggren for Reuters, March 12 (thanks to all who sent this in):
OTTAWA (Reuters) — A Canadian man was sentenced to 10-1/2 years in jail on Thursday for his involvement with a group that planned to bomb nightclubs, trains and a shopping center in Britain.
Software engineer Momin Khawaja, 29, was convicted last October of working with a British gang that he knew was involved in terrorist activity.
“This is not a case of a vulnerable young man being beguiled or lured into a criminal act . . . Momin Khawaja was a willing participant,” Ontario Superior Court Judge Douglas Rutherford said at the sentencing….
“Canada must certainly not accept the exportation of terrorism from within its borders to victimize innocent people in other parts of the world,” Rutherford said.
He said that while Khawaja was a willing helper and supporter of the British group, others in the group “were way out in front … in terms of their determination to bring death, destruction and terror to innocent people”….
Gee, what was this “British group” all about? Why would they want to do such a thing? Why does Reuters consider that an insignificant detail?