Say it isn't so! Moderate Muslim Group Provides Route to Terror

It's too shocking to believe. I won't. I can't. The very thought that moderate recruits would actually believe Islamist rhetoric about how the mujahideen are the good guys and Western countries are the bad guys, and then acting on that belief would become terrorists? The logic boggles the mind.

The Australian:

THE Islamic group accused of trying to seize control of Sydney's Sefton mosque is part of a movement described as a recruiting ground for al-Qa'ida in a new terrorism intelligence report.

The group attempting the takeover has members who follow the Tablighi Jamaat stream of Islam, described this week bythe private US intelligence group Stratfor as an "indirect line to terrorism".

Members of the Tablighi movement have recently been linked to a terrorist cell in Spain that was planning a bomb attack in Barcelona.

During a series of raids last week, Spanish police seized bomb-making materials and arrested 14 men who were said to be members of the Tablighi.

I dug up the Stratfor report cited in the article. Several paragraphs are devoted to describing the TJs as much more moderate than their Salafi or Wahabbi competition. The group is castigated by Salafs for publicly denouncing armed jihad. So, what becomes of some of these moderate Muslims?
The Tablighi Jamaat (TJ) name has come up before in connection with terrorism plots, including the October 2002 Portland Seven and the September 2002 Lackawanna Six cases in the United States, as well as the August 2006 plot to bomb airliners en route from London to the United States, the July 7, 2005, London Underground bombings and the July 2007 attempted bombings in London and Glasgow, Scotland.....

We have received reports that once the recruits are in Pakistan, representatives of various radical Islamist groups, such as Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, the Taliban and al Qaeda, are said to woo them actively to the point of offering them military training. And some of them accept the offer. For example, John Walker Lindh an American who is serving a prison sentence for aiding the Taliban in Afghanistan traveled with Tablighi preachers to Pakistan in 1998 to further his Islamic studies before joining the Taliban.

Once you start preaching that Allah requires Islamic Law and that there is a Western conspiracy to oppress Muslims, it's only a matter of time before some of your followers come to the inevitable conclusion that blowing up people isn't terrorism, it's self defense.

Thanks to Stable Hand

Posted by: Rusty at 10:49 AM

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