By Christine Axsmith.
Aba Monsour Al Amrikiwaswas born and raised in Alabama as a Southern Baptist. In 2006, he went to Somalia to join al Shabab, a radical and violent Islamic group.
His role in the group was to create recruiting videos for the Islamic jihad that targeted Americans. The value of this function should not be dismissed. He was capable of packaging the message of a particularly radical and violent Islam for Western, and especially American, audiences. This was not a common skill set in Somalia.
Right now, al Amriki seems to be dead. His life devolved from being a key member of al Shabab to hiding from his own terror group, African troops and U.S. drones. Out of this entire story, that is the point I want to bring across. A member of a violent terror organization will eventually be targeted by his former friends. Almost all of them die violently. There’s no such thing as an old terrorist. They either get killed by their friends, a government or a rival terror group that used to be friends. Terrorists can seek sanctuary in a country that is willing to offer protection, until the country changes its mind. And if a terror group achieves its objectives, the individual members turn to crime or suicide. A very small percentage of them become politicians.
There’s a lesson in there somewhere.
The video link above is from Current TV online.