Thursday, July 30, 2015

Inspiring nuts & squirrels

al-Qaeda's "Inspire" magazine apparently taught the Brothers Tsarnaev how to make bombs. You read about "Inspire" in the Daily News two years ago.

Inspiring nuts & squirrels

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The FBI says the two brothers and suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during a getaway attempt in a long night of violence. (AP Photo/The Lowell Sun & Robin Young)
The FBI says the two brothers and suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during a getaway attempt in a long night of violence. (AP Photo/The Lowell Sun & Robin Young)

When I read that the Brothers Tsarnaev apparently got their bomb-making directions off the Internet, and specifically from a magazine called Inspire, that rang a bell.

In April 2011 I did a column on Inspire, that I had learned about via the Midddle East Media Research Institute. MEMRI reads and view Arab media in Arabic and reports what they are saying to themselves, as opposed to what they say in English to us. Here's what I wrote at the time: "Inspire: A magazine for the terror enthusiast."

Mentioned in passing was a feature headlined, "How to make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom." That's what the Brothers Tsarnaev are accused of doing.

I used humor in my column, not because al-Qaeda (the publisher) is funny, but because we mustn't cower in fear.

I also included some actual published factual reports from the Arab world, such as Saudi Arabia detaining a vulture that was part  a "Zionist plot" and Iran arresting 14 squirrels who were foreign spies.

The fact that they are deluded does not mean they are not dangerous. The Brothers Tsarnaev proved that.

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