What is it that “radicalizes” a “26-year-old Massachusetts man” like Rezwan Ferdaus? Reading about the exploits of Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty? A rough game of touch football with Jack, Bobby and Ted? And what, oh what, could be the inciting literature to which this poor fellow was exposed? Common Sense? Democracy In America? The mind boggles. “Massachusetts Man Arrested in Alleged Plot to Destroy Pentagon, U.S. Capitol,” from the Associated Press, September 28 (thanks to Philip):
BOSTON — A 26-year-old Massachusetts man has been arrested and accused of plotting to destroy the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol with large remote-controlled aircraft filled with explosives.
Rezwan Ferdaus of Ashland was arrested Wednesday in Framingham when undercover federal agents delivered materials he’d requested for his alleged plan, including grenades, six machine guns and what Ferdaus believed was C-4 explosive.
Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen and Northeastern University graduate, was scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court in Worcester on Wednesday afternoon….
What? A Northeastern University graduate? Doesn’t Ferdaus know that poverty and ignorance cause jihad?
According to the federal affidavit, Ferdaus began planning “jihad” against the U.S. in early 2010. He allegedly believed he would have a large psychological impact by killing Americans, who he described as “enemies of Allah.”