February 18, 2003

How Osama and Gang Recruit

How Osama and Gang Recruit

An excellent piece in the NYT co-written by my college friend Desmond Butler provides a window into al-Qaeda recruitment tactics:

"During the late 1990's, Mr. Abdullah said, he lived off German welfare and odd jobs while trying to obtain asylum. He said that Mr. Dhess coached him through a story for an asylum application as an Iraqi, but that his chances looked bleak when he failed to describe the Iraqi flag to German immigration officials. "My life became very empty," he said. "I was entangled in drugs and spent all my money. For this reason I accepted the offer of food from a mosque. It was cheap and I could pay at the end of the month. The condition was that I would have to engage myself with Islam."

Hint: That means more than praying five times a day and heading to the Hajj with this gang.

It's an old story, of course. Take advantage of a weak, disoriented, panicked, lonely and uprooted individual. Provide some succor and companionship. Then send them to do your grotesque bidding in places like Bali, NYC, Kenya.

Posted by Gregory at February 18, 2003 12:38 AM
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