Did 'Jihadi cool' lure 5 Americans to Pakistan?
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- There was a book left in a Pakistani hotel room where five young men from Virginia were arrested, suspected of trying to join Taliban forces. Called "The Pact," that book tells the true story of three boys from a rough neighborhood and broken homes who bond and eventually help one another through medical and dental school.
"This is a story about the power of friendship. Of joining forces and beating the odds," reads one snippet on the back of the book.
It is also a story with a happy ending.But the saga of these five young men from Virginia - friends who grew up together and attended the same small neighborhood mosque - has been anything but that, quickly turning from one of promise to despair for many of the family members and friends they left behind ...
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Since: May 08
#1 Dec 20, 2009
"But that may not matter in an age when just about anyone on the Internet can connect with terrorists and where even young Muslims from moderate families can get caught up in what some call 'Jihadi cool.'
"These are 'seemingly well-adjusted kids who are forming a subculture of their own - namely, the Muslim under siege,' says Saeed Khan, a specialist in Islam who teaches at Wayne State University in Michigan.
"It is a scenario that has played out in Britain more than once. And some suspect it happened here, too, since one of the young men left a farewell video that mixed war scenes and calls to fight for Muslims across the world.
"In this instance, Khan thinks the young men's close proximity to the nation's capital also could have influenced them.
"'They feel a certain helplessness that, despite this proximity, they are disenfranchised from helping end the perceived violence against fellow Muslims thousands of miles away,' he says."
Since: Oct 06
#2 Dec 20, 2009
um....Isn't somewhere in the koran about the obligation to protect islam and muslims if they are under attack?
#3 Dec 21, 2009
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