Well, another Muslim terrorist has been arrested. Apparently, however, because there hasn’t been a successful explosion resulting from his actions, Americans are not likely to care very much.
Via Reuters (h/t GWP):
U.S. officials charged an Uzbek citizen in Idaho with providing bomb-making knowledge and other support to an Islamist militant group, knowing that it would be used in an attack, authorities said on Thursday.
Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30, a national of Uzbekistan living legally in Idaho, was arrested in Boise and faces a three-count grand jury indictment in Idaho and a single-count indictment in Utah, prosecutors said.
They said Kurbanov provided information and money to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which the United States has designated as a foreign terrorist organization. The group supports establishing strict Islamic rule in Uzbekistan.
Here is an AP report:
Thwarted terror attacks in the U.S. are quite prevalent, though you’d never know it because, well, they’re thwarted terror attacks. When the Boston marathon bombings happened, Americans were introduced to practically the entire Tsarnaev family. The bombings killed three and injured more than 200.
The left-wing media twisted itself into knots to prevent the Islamic truth about Tamerlan and Dzhokhar from coming out.
Someone from the same general region of the world – Fazliddin Kurbanov (Fasliddin Kurbanaov who?) – will not receive the same amount of notoriety for one simple reason; he failed to do what the Tsarnaev brothers did successfully – kill people.
It’s long past time for Americans to be as interested in the motives of would-be successful terrorists as they are when successful terrorists are made known.
As a result of Kurbanov’s failure, the media doesn’t have to worry because the American people aren’t asking the same number of questions they asked en masse, after the Boston bombings. However, if they did, the media would have another Islamist with murderous intentions on its hands.
If Americans cared about terrorists whose plans are thwarted, the media would no longer be able to deny the one common thread – Islam.
As for Uzbekistan, Islamic fundamentalism has been on the rise there since the end of the Cold War. As Americans cheered the fall of the Soviet Union and the independence of Soviet satellite countries, Islam incubated.
Consider the formation of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a consortium of twelve nation states that sought independence after the fall of the Soviet Union. Chechnya – homeland of the Tsarnaevs – attempted to break from the Soviets in 1991 but Russia would not allow it. Now that Americans are becoming familiar with Islamic terrorism from that region, Russia’s reticence to grant that independence appears a bit more warranted now than it did then.
Chechnya was one region that Russia simply was not willing to relinquish. In hindsight, the Chechen rebels’ propensity for violent terrorism almost certainly played a role in that decision. – The Case FOR Islamophobia, p. 355
While Uzbekistan does not have the uncontrollable problem with Islamic fundamentalism that Chechnya has, it is a nation whose history lies with the Turkish Ottoman Empire, as does the history of Kazakstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikstan, and Turkmenistan – all members of the CIS.
In short there are two story lines that are being overlooked relative to the arrest of Kurbanov. One is that he is allegedly a thwarted Islamic terrorist. The other has to do with the country he is from.
That he was arrested in Idaho may be another story line.
Then again (yawn), isn’t there a ball game on?