On Friday in Wichita Kansas the FBI thwarted yet another planned terrorist attack on American soil. This time a 58-year-old avionics employee planned for months to carry out a bombing at a time of day that would cause the most casualties and carnage. In a letter Terry Lee Loewen wrote and left for a family member he stated that by the time the letter was received, if everything went as planned he would have been ‘martyred in the path of Allah.’
Loewen isn’t the first American to convert to Islam and decide that ‘jihad is the way.’ We may never know what goes on in the mind of would be terrorists like Loewen, that would cause them to convert to Islam and choose to become suicide bombers, only that it is evil of the highest magnitude. According to an interview with Loewen’s ex-wife their 24-year-old son told her his father had recently converted to Islam, which surprised her. However, to the under cover FBI agent who Loewen thought was going to be his partner in the terrorist attack Loewen had decided it was his ‘duty’ as a follower of Islam to carry out a suicide mission.
Loewen was an admirer of Osama Bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, former head of an al-Qaeda linked terror group in Yemen responsible for the recruitment of terrorists and the online jihadist magazine ‘Inspire.’ It is reported that Boston Marathon terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a follower of the terrorist magazine ‘Inspire.’
In FBI recorded conversations Loewen stated: “I have been studying subjects like jihad, martyrdom operations, and Sharia Law. I don’t understand how you can read the Qu’ran and the Sunnah of the Prophet and not understand that jihad and the implementation of Sharia is absolutely demanded of all the Muslim Ummah.”
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