This will fix the problem right up. A young Muslim who has become convinced that it is his responsibility before Allah to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60) and “fight until religion is all for Allah” (Qur’an 8:39) will give it all up for a job at Walmart and a spot on the basketball team.
When this fails, and jihadis keep traveling from Minnesota to join the Islamic State, will the feds admit their error? Absolutely not.
“6 Minnesota Somali organizations receive grants to combat terrorism,” by Amy Forliti, Associated Press, March 10, 2016:
Six organizations that work with Somali youth in Minnesota have been awarded $300,000 in grants as part of a federal pilot project designed to combat terrorism, the nonprofit group that is administering the funds announced Thursday.
The grant recipients include a youth sports group, a program that empowers Somali parents, an organization that plans to enhance youth employment opportunities and a group that addresses mental health issues for refugees. An additional $100,000 has been set aside to help with technical assistance, professional development and other resources with the goal of keeping the programs going on their own in the future.
Marcus Pope, director of partnerships and external relations for Youthprise, the nonprofit administering the money, said investing in youth development is crucial. He said Minnesota is home to many creative and bright Somali youth, but many of them face “formidable challenges, including a sense of alienation, a search for identity as new immigrants, unemployment and poverty that can open them to recruitment by extremist groups.”
Boston and Los Angeles are also participating in the federal pilot project, which the Obama administration launched in late 2014 to stamp out violent extremism.
Minneapolis’ program, called Building Community Resilience, focuses on the state’s large Somali community, which has been a target for terrorism recruiters. More than 22 men have left the state since 2007 to join al-Shabab in Somalia, and roughly a dozen people have left in recent years to join militants in Syria.
“We are excited that Youthprise has identified the first group of organizations to which it will make grants,” said Ben Petok, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota. “This is an important milestone for the hundreds of Somali community leaders and volunteers who have worked on this effort for the past 18 months.”…