We’re still filling in some of the blanks on the backstory of Mujahid, aka Michael Adebowale, the son of Christian Nigerian parents who became a Muslim terrorist, but it would appear that his mother fell victim to a de-radicalization scheme.
Politicians insist that there is an “extremist Islam” and that the best way to counter it is with “moderate” mainstream Islam. This lie was put out there by the Saudis who claim that Muslim terrorists are ignorant of Islam and need to be cleared of their misunderstanding by legitimate Muslim authorities. The problem with that is the Saudis and the mosques around the world that they and the Muslim Brotherhood are the farthest possible thing from moderate.
Their de-radicalization programs are a case of going from the frying pan into the fire.
His mother Juliet Obasuyi, a 43-year-old probation officer, went to her friend and neighbour, a 62-year-old security officer, for help about nine months ago after her son dropped out of university.
She told him: “Michael is not listening any more. His older sister is a good Christian with a degree but Michael is rebelling as he has no father figure, dropping out of university and handing out leaflets in Woolwich town centre.
“He is from a strong Christian family but he is turning to Islam and turning against the family. He is preaching in the streets. He needs spiritual guidance before he radicalises himself.”
Another friend, Steve Adebiyi, who started a company with Mrs Obasuyi, said she was often left in tears after speaking to him on the phone. “The boy was giving the mother problems,” he said. “She said he was in with some bad group and causing a lot of trouble. They brainwashed him.”
He and Michael Adebolajo, the other suspected terrorist, are thought to have met at Greenwich University.
His mother was advised by a neighbour to take him to the head of the Woolwich mosque for spiritual guidance. He was converted to Islam by the head Imam, and taken for weeks of “further training” at a centre near Cambridge.
When he returned, however, he was even more “radicalised” and his mother could no longer “get through to him”. A spokesman for the mosque said they did not know if he attended or been converted there.
We’ve gone through this plenty of times before. The moment he’s caught, the mosque disavows responsibility, Mission Impossible style. That’s what happened with the Boston bomber. Suddenly they’re just crazy people who wandered in and had nothing to do with the mosque at all and never understood the real true Islam.
And politicians fall for it again and again. Rinse and repeat.