They’re saying he was “radicalized” on the Internet, but no one is explaining how or why. Such investigations might cut too close to issues the authorities would prefer the public not think about.
“Frankfurt gunman in US airmen killing kept radical company on Facebook,” by Isabelle de Pommereau in the Christian Science Monitor, March 4:
Arid Uka was a typical product of Frankfurt, a city where a third of the population is not originally from Germany. An ethnic Albanian born in Kosovo and raised Muslim, he grew up in a middle-class family in Germany and lived with his parents and siblings. It was only recently that he turned to radical Islam, apparently connecting with extremists on Facebook and online jihadi forums.
On Wednesday, Mr. Uka became the first person to successfully carry out a terrorist attack in Germany since 9/11. He has been charged with killing two US airmen and wounding two others at the Frankfurt airport in an act that German prosecutors say Uka carried out on his own. In court Thursday, he confessed to the killings and said he shot the four men because he felt America was at war with Islam.
“We have a new … perpetrator of terrorism, the lone wolf,” says Bernd Georg Thamm, a security expert based in Berlin. “Terrorism experts have dreaded this for a while, and now it’s happened. And it won’t be the last case.”
This is why Thamm makes the big bucks.
While Uka may have been acting alone, he appeared to be prepared for the attack when he approached a bus full of American airmen in front of the Frankfurt airport’s terminal two. The Blue Bird bus carrying about a dozen members of the US Air Force pulled up just outside where Uka worked as a mail sorter at the airport postal service….
Prosecutors say that before opening fire on the airmen, Uka yelled “Allah Akbar” (“God is greatest”), an Arabic phrase that is used to express all kinds of emotion but is often used as a jihadi battle cry. After the shooting, officials say, he dropped the gun, ran into the terminal, and was captured.
The Internet seemed to have provided Uka’s path to radicalism. On his Facebook wall, he linked to jihadist songs, talked about “kuffar” (infidels), and railed against Americans and Jews….