The real trap

Terror suspect wasn't tricked; if anything, he succumbed to hatred

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If authorities tricked you into buying stolen merchandise without knowing it, then arrested you for it, most folks might say you were set up.

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This image released Saturday by the Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff’s Office shows Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19. The FBI says Mohamud told two undercover agents in July of his dream of detonating a car bomb during the city of Portland’s Christmas celebration.

But if authorities pretended to help you with a plot to detonate a bomb in the middle of a town Christmas celebration, and you went along with it eagerly and knowingly, that's hardly being set up.

It's more like being exposed.

Yet, friends of Somalia-born 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud say he was tricked into accepting the help of undercover officers to detonate a bomb at the Portland, Ore., Christmas tree lighting ceremony last week.

"If you talk with someone enough, they'll be convinced they need to do something," a Muslim observer in Portland claimed.

What undiluted drivel. You can't be stung by a sting if you don't have your hand in the hive. No one is going to be fooled into going along with a bomb plot unless it's in his heart and mind to do so.

From what we know, it sure was in this guy's. He reportedly talked excitedly about killing people, even children. Authorities say he "chose at every step to continue" with the plan to kill masses of people -- and that it ended with him "feverishly" dialing a cell phone he thought would set off the bomb.

Yeah, he was set up, the poor baby.

Well, except that he told undercover agents he'd been wanting to participate in violent jihad since he was 15.

The FBI also alleges that Mohamed Osman Mohamud has written articles for the online al-Qaida-linked magazine Inspire that encourages jihad against the West. One article, written by Inspire editor and New York-raised Muslim Samir Khan, is titled, "I am proud to be a traitor to America."

Oops. Sounds like poor Mohamed might have fallen into another trap!

The truth is, once you cut through the cynical claptrap coming from defense attorneys and jihadist sympathizers, entities such as Inspire are targeting American Muslim youths for extremism and terrorism. Like radical remote madrassas -- Muslim schools that preach hatred of Jews and Christians and are essentially factories for radical clerics and terrorists -- they seek to brainwash the young in abject hatred of all things non-Muslim.

As the PBS show Frontline put it, these radical madrassas, especially in Pakistan and Afghanistan, are "not so much concerned about scholarship as making war on infidels."

Now they have the Internet to create a kind of online madrassa.

Thus, the real trap: hatred.

It is world-wise and worldwide, showing up now even at Christmas tree lighting festivals in America's Great Northwest.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud isn't being set up.

But maybe the rest of us are.

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justmy2cents
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justmy2cents 12/01/10 - 06:07 pm
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dstewartsr, I appreciate your

dstewartsr, I appreciate your opinion of my understanding, I can see the 'love of Christ' everyone is posting about just jumping out of your insult :)

The fact is, throughout time you can find examples of where 'bad apples' did things in the name of God, Allah, Yeshua, Buddah, etc.

Does that make everyone of that faith bad, of course not. Nobody would every say that everyone in Spain the 1400's was going to hell just because Ferdinand made what was obviously a non-God inspired decision. And he had a LOT of people that agreed with him; yet I seriously doubt anyone would call Catholicism inherently evil.

So how can someone sitting here, say all Muslims are bad because some are?

This kid is screwed up, and we will find a dark & lonely box for him to live in for the next 50 years. But don't blame his religion for his actions.

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dstewartsr 12/01/10 - 06:19 pm
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The first line of your

The first line of your attempt at a reply betrays an ignorance about me which is risible: " I can see the 'love of Christ' everyone is posting about just jumping out..."

That's precious; though I doubt I'll miss it after you've joined my, "No longer wastes my time button club."

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Fiat_Lux 12/01/10 - 06:29 pm
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Unfortunately, there are

Unfortunately, there are plenty of badly informed and opinionated people who actually do call Catholicism inherently evil. They are to be pitied, of course, but they also are rather irritating in the manner of a dripping faucet or a clicking ballpoint.

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Fiat_Lux 12/01/10 - 06:29 pm
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Dstewart, love the name of

Dstewart, love the name of your button club. Mine is called "The Invincibles".

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 12/01/10 - 06:36 pm
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"...(I)rritating in the

"...(I)rritating in the manner of a dripping faucet or a clicking ballpoint." True that; much like the vehemence of a number of posters who attack Christianity with the childish glee of a middle schooler discovering lightning doesn't descend when they do. I sometimes, after a dozen or so of their identical intellectually sterile posts, pause to wonder what century they are living in . . . usually, right before I hit the 'ignore user' toggle.

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KSL 12/01/10 - 09:34 pm
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dstewart, I don't spend much

dstewart, I don't spend much time here anymore. I miss your wit and am so very glad to see you tonight.

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dstewartsr 12/01/10 - 10:16 pm
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Nice to see you posting as

Nice to see you posting as well, KSL. I too, miss the old gang. Attrition by mediocrity and venue switch seems to have eliminated way too many, leaving only the usual suspects: The rabid atheists, racists, and apologists and singularly offensive antisemite are still here, though; tonight, I had seven " *** is on your ignore list" posts to read a dozen; then I ended up adding another intellectual featherweight to my list.

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fontana 12/02/10 - 10:47 am
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The FBI will be found guilty

The FBI will be found guilty of entrapment. He'll never serve a day. Especially if he gets a jury trial.

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libertarianvoter 12/02/10 - 11:42 am
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Wow you guys misinterpret a

Wow you guys misinterpret a post and run with it.

1. No one is arguing in favor of Muslim extremists.

2. We are saying that the group that MISINTERPRETS the Koran does not need to be grouped with the rest of the world's population that is Muslim. (b/c generalizing = ignorance)

3. The entire time that we've been talking about Christianity is just so you can look at this issue from another perspective. There are some Christians that misinterpret the Bible, and commit violent acts in the name of God, but most people will not GENERALIZE and call all Christians evil.

4. Basically our whole argument is against generalizing which is a FALLACY. How you can support a fallacy, I'll never know, but I'm curious to see what you'll say.

Here's my argument: You guys are generalizing all Muslims based on some. That is wrong.

Okay what's your rebuttal?

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Fiat_Lux 12/02/10 - 09:03 pm
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Nope, Libertarianvoter,

Nope, Libertarianvoter, that's not what is happening at all. Among other, more benign and even benevolent things, Islam actually teaches forced conversion and killing of apostates. That so many "moderate" Muslims exist today mainly results from the Christianization of western civilization, an influence that certainly is foundational to "rugged American individualism" and our understanding of the inherent dignity of each person. Those concepts are not found anywhere in Islam. They are completely foreign to it, in fact.

Moderate Muslims certainly represent the evolution of religious thought and practice over the centuries, but it also represents a departure from Islamic orthodoxy. The rabid hate and aggression we are seeing is a return to the roots of that faith.

The exact opposite is true of Christianity. First, the Crusades were in response to the invasion of the Holy Land by Muslim armies and the wholesale slaughter of Jews, Christians and anyone who refused to convert to Islam. Despite all the stupid anti-Christian nonsense people throw out about those efforts, the result was Christians, 0; Islam, 3 or 4. In fact, but for a totally unexpected, even miraculous sea victory at Lepanto, the whole world might now be under Sharia law, without the moderate version anywhere.

As for the Inquisition, it was begun as an effort to limit the distortions in the ever-increasing understanding of Christian orthodoxy and doctrine. There were lots of strange and fantastically inaccurate ideas spreading at that time, some of which were having a big effect of whole communities of Christians. But, like many institutionalized, "official" efforts of that kind, it went much further than intended and in some places devolved into battles of ego and bids for power. The power, wealth and influence of the Church at that point in time is very hard to imagine today, but still, there was at its heart the intent and determination to be true to the teachings of the Gospels and Epistles, and to continue to evolve in our understanding of Who Jesus was and is, Who the Holy Spirit is, and who we ourselves are.

When people's eternity is at stake, getting it as right as possible is, well, of ultimate importance. Some people, but not all by any means, went way overboard and started doing things that we, in our modern sensitivities and values, abhor.

That aberration, and any remotely like it, are clear departures from Christian doctrine, a doctrine about which most people commenting here have only the most passing of understandings. The bottom line on Christianity is that it is impossible to force anyone to be a Christian or into heaven, or into hell for that matter.

And therein lies the fundamental difference between Muslims and Christian when it comes to violence and aggression: Violence and aggression are consistent with orthodox Islam and are an aberration of orthodox Christianity.

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ozarkalien 12/04/10 - 09:41 am
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wizzardx1 The boy's Muslim

wizzardx1 The boy's Muslim farther turn his own son into the FBI. His words were" I love my son but I love my country more' Is that enough devotion to the country for you?

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