Lots of people stammer. Lots of people have girlfriend problems. They don't go jihad. Muslims becoming more religious in times of personal crisis is nothing new. And when that religion teaches violence against unbelievers, we get terror plots.
Terrorist blames murderous NY plot at Federal Reserve Building on childhood stammer and unfaithful girlfriend New York Post, August 8, 2013
A Bangladeshi man who schemed to detonate a 9,000-pound bomb at the Federal Reserve Building in lower Manhattan last year blamed his murderous plot on a childhood stammer and an unfaithful girlfriend, court documents state.
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis was arrested last October after he worked with undercover agents posing as terrorists to level the structure. He is slated to be sentenced in Brooklyn federal court tomorrow.
Nafis wrote a remorseful letter explaining the roots of his violent plans before explaining that he has come to love the United States — right down to the film “American Pie.”
Now “I love Americans.”
He even lavished praise on the Metropolitan Detention Center, where he enjoyed “delicious food” and kind prison guards.
Nafis — who faces life in prison — said that a pronounced stutter turned him into a loner during his life in Bangladesh and made him vulnerable to impressive-sounding jihadists.
He also claimed to the court that his downward spiral accelerated after he learned that a girl he loved in Bangladesh was cheating on him.
The betrayal propelled Nafis into suicidal thoughts, he wrote. But he stated that Islam prohibited that step and that he figured that a violent plot would be a better way to go.
The would-be bomber, busted Oct. 17, 2012, the day of the planned blast, said he re-examined his religion in jail and has rejected radical Islam.
“Truly, after being in prison, my viewpoint toward America has really changed,” he said. “Your honor, I love Americans.”