San Bernardino Jihadists Inspired by "Moderate" Muslim Leader

"A Muslim leader who could help build bridges between Islam and the West"


Al Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki is not only a martyr in Al Qaeda circles, but some on the left and even on the right view him as a victim of our horrible drone strikes policy. Here's a reminder that the only problem with taking out Anwar Al-Awlaki was how long it took us to do it.

Anwar Al-Awlaki continues to rack up terror plots and dead Americans to his name. The San Bernardino Jihadists were the second most successful terror plotters inspired by him after the Tsarnaev terrorist brothers, not counting his possible contacts with the 9/11 hijackers.

Farook, according to the complaint, often discussed the teachings and beliefs of Anwar Awlaki, an American-born cleric who became a director of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula before he was killed in an American drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

In the footnotes of the criminal document, an FBI special agent said lectures by Awlaki helped inspire terrorist plots across the Western world, including the 2005 London subway bombing, the 2010 Times Square attempted bombing and the 2012 plot to bomb the New York Federal Reserve.

... Farook's thoughts evolved after the November 2009 shooting at Ft. Hood in which U.S. Army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan, who had been in direct contact with Awlaki, shot and killed 13 people, the complaint said.

... By August 2011, Farook was telling his neighbor that he was interested in joining Al Qaeda in Yemen, the complaint said.

Anwar Al-Awlaki was one of those "moderate Muslim leaders". The media championed him as the face of the "moderate" Muslim opposition to Al Qaeda.

"Al-Awlaki bridges the two worlds as easily as he shifts from lecturing on the lives of the prophets to tapping phone numbers into his Palm Pilot. "He and other Muslims say they support action against terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in retaliation for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks[.]"

"The war of ideas in the Muslim world pits extremists, like Osama bin Laden . . . and moderates, who want to solve the problems without violence. But right now this war of ideas is a lopsided one, says Imam Anwar Awlaki, the prayer leader at the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia," reported NPR on Nov. 1, 2001.

"Awlaki, whose mosque is one of the largest in the U.S., sees himself as a Muslim leader who could help build bridges between Islam and the West.

Meanwhile Al-Awlaki really was Al Qaeda. But that didn't stop him from leading Islamic rituals in Capitol Hill.

We also learned where Farook plotted his earlier attack.

Soon afterward, Marquez told investigators, the pair began plotting attacks on Riverside City College, where both spent time as students, and a portion of the 91 Freeway, according to the complaint.

This destroys the claim that he was responding to anything happening in his office. If the Daily News had the tiniest shred of decency, it would apologize for its ugly and hateful Linda Stasi column blaming one of the Christian victims for the attack. But decency is an alien quality to the Daily News and Linda Stasi.

Meanwhile the next time the useful leftist idiots rally around a mosque, they might want to think about what kind of evil they're protecting and serving.

 A non-Muslim neighbor of Dar al-Hijrah organized a candlelight vigil around the building to show solidarity with the mosque. Roughly 80 residents of a nearby apartment building sent over a note saying, ‘‘We want your congregation to know that we welcome you in this community.’’

‘‘He struck me in his personality as a gentle man, very well read and intelligent,’’ said the Rev. Gerry Creedon, a priest at a Catholic parish in Arlington, Va.

Simon Amiel, an organizer with the campus Jewish organization Hillel, recalled Awlaki’s speaking at George Washington University on the parallel traditions of Islam and Judaism. Amiel found him ‘‘cordial and friendly.’’

Patricia Morris, of Falls Church, said it was a walk with her son the day after the attacks that got her wondering about her Muslim neighbors. As they passed Dar al-Hijrah mosque, "it was the first time I ever saw the iron gates closed, and I wondered what kind of threats they were feeling," she recalled.

Morris called a Palestinian neighbor. "She told me, 'We're not doing too well. We're all very scared,' " said Morris, 48.

Morris went into action, leafleting her subdivision of Lee Boulevard Heights with invitations to a 7 p.m. candlelight vigil of solidarity outside the mosque. More than 30 people attended. In appreciation, a few Muslims who had been at evening prayers there emerged and distributed white roses to the vigil's participants.

Anwar Al-Awlaki, imam of Dar al-Hijrah, said the mosque has had other "very positive" responses from neighbors. Eighty tenants of the nearby Woodlake Towers apartment building sent a statement: "We want your congregation to know that we welcome you in this community . . . and wish you health, security and prosperity."

Isn't that just adorably sweet collaboration with Al Qaeda.