Sneak Preview: War Inside America

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He wanted hand grenades and mines for use in turf wars by street gangs. Yikes. NIMBY. Are we to believe that mines and grenades are a staple of gang wars in St. Louis, Missouri? In any other age it would seem crystal clear that this freelance soldier-in-training had more than just street gangs in mind. "Man was arming for 'war,' FBI says," to a reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A St. Charles man obtained fully automatic weapons and tried to buy as many explosives as possible in preparation for what an associate called "war," the FBI says in court documents. He bought three rifles and a Claymore anti-personnel mine and negotiated for a case of hand grenades, documents obtained by the Post-Dispatch show.

Mousa M. Abuelawi, 22, of Franjoe Court, was arrested Dec. 29 and charged on complaints accusing him of three counts of illegal possession or distribution of a machine gun and conspiracy to violate machine gun statutes. Abuelawi, a Palestinian immigrant free on $50,000 bond, could not be reached. His brother declined to comment on his behalf. His lawyers, Scott Rosenblum and Gil Sison, did not return calls.

The context of the word "war" was not explained in court filings; the FBI declined to comment. The man to whom the word was attributed, Thaer Abde Sumad, said in an interview Thursday that the purchases were not intended for terrorism but to make money supplying street gangs in a St. Louis turf war...

Sumad suggested that he and Abuelawi attracted special attention because of the sound of their names and their Arab ethnicity. The FBI thinks it's a "terrorist thing," Sumad said, "especially after 9/11. They're trying to make it bigger than what it is."

Sumad said Abuelawi was "trying to make a few extra bucks."

Now that's a tall tale for the books. And yet, they let him free. Apparently this poor kid just trying to make a few extra bucks had deep enough pockets to post bail. At the end of the day, another fine episode in the strange annals of Homeland Security. What about charges of treason among these enemy combatants on our own soil? One can easily predict this fine Muslim fellow is one of the many brethren who will run amok on American streets in the near future. He will hardly transform into a hole in the ground survivalist, or white bread religionist, but almost certainly will join with his own co-religionistas to fight for Allah just as Muslims are doing all around the globe. This importance of this case is not about whether these two kids had a plan to strike a blow against America, but whether America is preparing for the days when this type of activity is all so unbelievably common on the in the towns and cities of America.

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