This is not just a view that Muslims who try to join the Islamic State hold. It is much more mainstream than that. But one wonders — where did this convert to Islam learn this in Wisconsin? Was he “radicalized on the Internet” — the all-purpose phrase that government and law enforcement officials use to absolve themselves of any responsibility to investigate what is being taught in mosques?
According to an FBI affidavit, Van Haften wanted to travel to into Syria via Turkey to wage jihad with ISIL forces. Turkey’s 248-mile open border with Syria provides an attractive point of entry for several jihadi wannabes seeking to join the Islamic State.Van Haften posted and “liked” radical comments on his Facebook page, the affidavit said. While in Turkey last October, he posted, “It’s calling, I can smell it’s [sic] perfume! Allah!!!” The post linked to a “Tour of Jannah Paradise video” by now-deceased radical Yemeni cleric Anwar al Awlaki. The video “describes what paradise looked like for worthy Muslims who went there in the afterlife.” Awlaki’s teachings have inspired several Westerners to wage terrorist attacks.
Van Haften was also Facebook “friends” with extremists, including Adouw At-Taghout who lived in Raqqah, Syria, an ISIL stronghold. At-Taghout posted a photo showing the Islamic State’s beheading of American journalist James Foley. Haften commented on the post: “Yet, their cursed secular laws are worse than the laws of Islam, and they want to say Shari’ah is worse than their secular laws. A bunch of morons sucking on melons … If the goddam Americans and sons of satan, Israeil [sic] wanna mutilate the dead, s*** we get an eye for an eye fool. Grow a set of nuts! Climb that f***in tree and getcha some.”
Van Haften left for Turkey last August but ran out money and his jihadi handlers abandoned him before he could meet up with the Islamic State….Another man who was “totally against Dawlah” [a reference to the Islamic State], helped fund Haften’s way back into Turkey….