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Unpleasant Reality

Reader comment on item: [Beltway Snipers]: Converts to Violence?

Submitted by Don Lavey (United States), Oct 25, 2002 at 17:25

As Daniel Pipes points out, another unpleasant reality of the war on terror is the linkage between the Islamists and Americans who convert to Islam. As far back as the Iranian hostage crisis, Islamists have been attempting to recruit and convert disaffected types, not only from the military, but from the prison population and other fringe elements of Islam within the United States. The unpleasant reality is that these efforts have been going on for a long time.

The concomitant unpleasant question then is, where are they now and what are they up to?

Let us not forget that it was David Belfield, aka Daoud Salahuddin, an African-American who carried the banner for the Ayatollah twenty years ago, and who, incidentally, assassinated the former press attache of the Shah of Iran in suburban Maryland just outside Washington, D.C. Belfield fled to Iran and worked with the Revolutionary Guard. When the Iranian diplomats were expelled from the U. S. and ushered to Dulles Airport and out of the country, who was there for the friendly send-off but one David Belfield and several of his African-American Khomeini supporters. Indeed, even on that evening he was literally, and as usual, armed and dangerous. Despite the public announcements that Allen Muhammad and the perpetrator of the killing at the L.A. Airport have "no ties" to any terrorist group, how are we confronting these "no ties" connections in our war on terror?

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