A couple of weeks or so ago a Colorado mom who had converted to Islam, and suddenly vanished, re-surfaced inside an Irish jail. Jamie Paulin-Ramirez was arrested for conspiring with the now-famous Jihad Jane and friends to commit an act of terrorism – specifically the murder of Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, for publishing a caricature of Muhammad’s head on the body of a dog. The Irish police released Paulin-Ramirez from custody without charging any crimes. Alas, she returned to the U.S.A. and has been re-arrested in Philadelphia, charged by U.S. authorities alongside her inter-net pal Jihad Jane with crimes that carry maximum penalties of $250,000.00 in fines and 15 years in prison.
Robert Spencer might sardonically label Paulin-Ramirez a “mis-understander of Islam”. Perhaps former President George W. Bush would have bundled her with the few “extremists” he believed were not true practitioners of the Great Religion of Peace – rather they are practicing some far-out perversion of Islam. Whichever way you look at it, watching the prosecution’s case unfold to see how much Muslim doctrine is presented as motive for the conspiracy will be very interesting.
“Reporting from Denver – A Colorado mother whose family said she flew to Ireland last year to join a possibly violent Islamic group was charged Friday with working with a Pennsylvania woman to attend a terrorist training camp in Europe.
Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 31, had been arrested in Ireland last month with six others on suspicion of planning to assassinate Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, whose drawing of the prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog outraged many Muslims. Paulin-Ramirez, from Leadville, Colo, was later released by Irish authorities.
She returned voluntarily to the United States and was arrested Friday in Philadelphia, according to a statement from the Department of Justice…
… Federal prosecutors added Paulin-Ramirez to a case against Colleen R. LaRose, 46, who went by the online name “JihadJane” and was charged in a sealed indictment in October with recruiting people to kill Vilks…
…Paulin-Ramirez’s mother, Christine Mott, said Friday that she had not heard from her daughter since her arrest in Ireland and had not been aware she was back in the U.S. The two became estranged last year as Paulin-Ramirez, a nursing student, became obsessed with studying Islam online and began corresponding with people her mother viewed as extremists…”
Ah, yes, there’s that mysterious “extremist” word again. Not claiming to be anyone other than a retired cop who is a wide-eyed reader of the works of Robert Spencer, Hugh Fitzgerald, Bat Ye’or and others who are recognized experts in the studies of Islam and Sharia (Muslim Law), I am continually astonished that the public news narrative continues about the hi-jacking of the Great Religion of Peace – without any examination of the doctrines that form its foundations and their acceptance in the world-wide Muslim mainstream. According to Spencer’s website there have been no less than 15, 081 deadly acts of jihad following the 9/11/01 attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.
So, Paulin-Ramirez’s prosecution will proceed however it proceeds. My question is, and will be: Why does an American-born nursing student, the mother of a six-year-old son, leave her home, her parents, her life, go to Europe, join a group of “isolated extremists” (President Obama’s term for jihadists such as U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan) and conspire to kill someone she has never met? Where, oh, where can the answer be found?