You know as I’ve said on many occasions—we’ve gotta laugh from time to time!
Below is a story (hat tip: Gateway Pundit) about the Somali Islamist group Al-shabab offering a reward for the capture of Barack Obama—ten camels (I’m not sure if they say dead or alive). If someone captures Hillary, they can turn her in for ten hens and ten roosters according to Russia Today.
But you know what is not so funny—we have Al-shabab in the US.
Here is Russia Today:
First, the US State Department offered up to $33 million for help in catching the leaders of radical Islamist group Shabab, which controls much of Somalia. But Shabab has made a counter-proposal: a bounty of 10 camels for Barack Obama.
On Thursday, the State Department said that Shabab “is responsible for the killing of thousands of Somali civilians, Somali peace activists, international aid workers, journalists and African Union peacekeepers.” Individual rewards were offered for tip-offs about various leaders depending on their seniority, with the founder Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed valued at $7 million.
The group has claimed responsibility for mass suicide bombings and prides itself on its connections with Al-Qaeda.
It was, therefore, no surprise that Shabab was defiant in the face of a new US manhunt.
“I can assure you that these kind of things will never dissuade us from continuing the holy war against them,” posted Fuad Mohamed Khalaf (bounty: $5 million) on a propagandist website.
He then referred to an incident in Koran, when a bounty of 100 camels was offered on the prophet Mohammed. The US President was then priced at one tenth of that.
Perhaps reflecting Shabab’s view of women, Hillary Clinton fetched an even lower reward: “10 hens and 10 roosters.”
Al-Shabab in America!
So, if you think this is about faraway Africa, think again. In 2008, it dawned on the FBI (after scores of young Somali men had left the US) that Al-shabab (sometimes spelled Al-shabaab) was recruiting among Somali refugees in major American cities. Think about this, we resettled over 100,000 Somali refugees into the US in the last thirty years (the greatest number after 9/11) and some of those Somali “youths” we educated and supported, left the US and returned to Africa for Jihad training. As I write this, we have no idea what happened to all of them.
Just last year, one of the financiers of the Al-shabab recruitment went on trial in Minnesota (he also is a former refugee).
In 2008, the US State Department determined that as many as 36,000 Somalis entered the US fraudulently between 2003 and 2008 claiming they were family members of those already here. The State Department closed the family reunification portion of the refugee program but has no intention of finding those who entered illegally. Family reunification from Somalia is still closed but federal refugee contractors, including the US Conference of Catholic Bishops at the State Department on May 1, is pushing for it to be re-opened.
So maybe the camel/chicken rewards aren’t so funny after all.