Willful blindness, from Minnesota to Mumbai

Andrew McCarthy takes a look at the story of the Somali immigrant who moved to Minnesota, only to return to Somalia to wage jihad. On a mission from Minneapolis, Shirwa Ahmed killed 29 people in a suicide bombing in northern Somalia last October.

McCarthy finds the FBI coming “to the aid of the jihadist’s family: retrieving the the bits to which Shirwa blew himself and transporting them — apparently on your dime — so that he could be buried here” at “home” in Minnesota. McCarthy quotes the local FOX News story on the funeral:

During the funeral Wednesday, Shirwa Ahmed was neither celebrated as a martyr, nor condemned as a killer. He was buried simply as a Muslim man, who died so close, yet so far, from home.

The FBI is also busy with other pursuits related to Ahmed, noted in the story quoted by McCarthy. Federal authorities are investigating whether other young Somali men who have disappeared in the Twin Cities metro area in recent months have been recruited to fight for terrorist groups in Somalia. (The Star Tribune story is here.) That’s one theory.

The Star Tribune doesn’t consider the possibility that they might have been recruited to fight somewhere closer to “home.” Ed Morrissey comments here.

In her Jerusalem Post column “The jihadist-multicultural alliance,” Caroline Glick examines the apologetics of commentators such as Fareed Zakaria and Martha Nussbaum that we previously noted regarding the Mumbai massacres. McCarthy himself describes the phenomenon Glick explicates as Willful Blindness. There seems to be a lot of it going around.

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