Minneapolis 'Moderate Muslim' Tries to Join ISIS
The Obama administration, deeply invested in the theory that poverty and lack of economic opportunity cause terrorism, has established a federal program intended to help young Muslims feel less “alienated.” The administration awarded $400,000 in taxpayer-funded grants to organizations working with Somali Muslims in Minneapolis in hopes of keeping young Muslims in the area from joining the global jihad -- as dozens from the area have already done.
There’s just one catch: this approach was doomed to fail on the drawing board. The sad story of Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame reveals why.
Marcus Pope of Youthprise, the organization overseeing distribution of this money, explains his take on the plight of Somali Muslims in Minneapolis:
[They face] formidable challenges, including a sense of alienation, a search for identity as new immigrants, unemployment and poverty that can open them to recruitment by extremist groups.
Warsame once agreed with Pope’s analysis. In a 2011 video, he encouraged his fellow young, Minneapolis-area Somali Muslims to grasp the American dream:
You guys are tomorrow. And all you have to have, to get anywhere you want, is determination.
Warsame seemed full of determination himself: although he grew up in the tough Minneapolis neighborhood known as Little Mogadishu, he didn’t seem alienated or overwhelmed by the challenges he faced. Warsame worked at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and was an active member of a group known as Poet Nation. In one rap that he posted online, he emphasized that he didn’t preach violence and lamented the violence in the poor areas of Minneapolis.