Moderate To Radical In Less Than A Year

In less than a year, Nasser Abdo apparently went from a peaceful moderate Muslim who condemned the 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood to a radicalized Islamist ready to kill innocent people (all emphasis mine):

KILLEEN, Texas As Pfc. Naser Abdo beseeched officials to grant him conscientious objector status and release him from the military, he condemned a fellow Muslim soldier accused of shooting 13 people to death at Fort Hood. Such acts, he wrote, "run counter to what I believe in as a Muslim."

Less than a year later, officials say Abdo has admitted planning to launch another attack on Fort Hood with a bomb in a backpack and weapons stashed in a motel room where he was arrested Wednesday, about 3 miles from the Texas Army base's main gate.

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"Little did I know that when I first became a Muslim that I was going to learn what Islam meant to me and what I was willing to sacrifice for it," he wrote.

Abdo said life was better after he arrived at his first duty station, but that he studied Islam more closely as he neared deployment to learn "whether going to war was the right thing to do Islamically."

"I began to understand and believe that only God can give legitimacy to war and not humankind," he wrote. "That's when I realized my conscience would not allow me to deploy."

But where would one find God's directive for war? Hmm... Just wondering...

Posted by: DMartyr at 11:17 AM

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