From The Gathering Storm Blog

Two professors at the University of Granada has written an academic analysis of “External Signs of Radicalization and Jihadist Militancy”.

But first consider this opinion piece by Larry Pratt on SJS – Sudden Jihad Syndrome.

The following list is offered to show that SJS is a reality, and that rational Americans should be prepared to deliver the most effective known antidote – a bullet administered at the first sign of an outbreak of SJS.

  • March 1994 – Rashid Baz, a Muslim from Lebanon, opened fire on a van containing members of the Lubavitch Hassids in Brooklyn. One was killed.
  • February 1997 – Palestinian-born Ali Abu Kamal opened fire on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, killing a tourist and injuring six other people before committing suicide. His daughter, Linda Kamal, said in 2007 that the family is tired of lying and admitted that a letter had been found on her father’s body explaining his Muslim hatred for Israel and America.
  • July 2002 – Egyptian-born Hesham Mohammed Hadayet walked into the Israeli Airlines El Al terminal at the Los Angeles airport and began shooting Jews. He killed two and injured another four. He was known to sympathize with al Qaeda.
  • September 2002 – Patrick Gott killed one and wounded another in the New Orleans airport. He had entered the terminal with a shotgun and his Koran.
  • October 2002 – John Mohammed and Lee Malvo killed 13 people in the Washington, DC area. Both were converts to Islam and had attended a jihad training camp in southwestern Virginia.
  • August 2003 – Mohammed Ali Alayed almost totally decapitated his erstwhile Jewish friend, Ariel Sellouk, following Alayed’s getting serious about his Islamic faith. He went to a mosque after killing Sellouk.
  • October 2005 – Joel Henry Hinrichs III, a convert to Islam, was an engineering student at Oklahoma University. His student career ended when a bomb he had strapped on himself went off prematurely outside a crowed stadium, killing only himself. Police subsequently cleared explosives from the apartment that Hinrichs had shared with Muslim students from Pakistan.
  • April 2006 – Muslim Ayhan Surucu was so angry when his sister started to wear make-up and date men in Berlin, Germany, that he put a gun to her head at a bus stop and killed her. Boys at a nearby school, attended mainly by the children of immigrant Muslim families, cheered and applauded when news of the murder reached them.
  • May 2006 – Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student, rented an SUV and drove it through a crowded part of the campus– intentionally trying to hit people and wounding nine. In a series of letters to the student newspaper, he explained that he acted in obedience to Koranic dictates.
  • June 2006 – Michael Ford, a Muslim convert, walked into work at a Safeway warehouse in Denver and opened fire on his coworkers, killing one and injuring five. Relatives explained that he was being teased at work because he’s a Muslim and he could not take it anymore.
  • July 2006 – Naveed Alzal Haq, a Pakistani, walked into the Jewish Federation Center in downtown Seattle and shot six women– killing one, and wounding five( one of whom was pregnant). He stated matter-of-factly: “I am a Muslim American angry at Israel.”
  • August 2006 – Omeed Aziz Popal, a Muslim Afghan refugee, used his SUV as a weapon and ran down at least 14 people and a bicyclist in the San Francisco Bay area. He was targeting Jewish neighborhoods to terrorize.
  • January 2007 – A 22-year-old Muslim, Ismail Yassin Mohamed, stole a car in Minneapolis and rammed it into other cars before stealing a van and doing the same, injuring several drivers and pedestrians at crosswalks and on sidewalks before police caught up with him. Mohamed called himself a “terrorist.”
  • February 2007 – Ibrihim Ahmed, a Nashville cab driver and Muslim, was enraged that two passengers did not agree with him about Islam. When they got out of the cab, he tried to run them down, striking one in a parking lot.
  • February 2007 – Sulejman Talovic, a Bosnian Muslim immigrant, went to a Salt Lake City mosque on a Friday night. Then he went to one of only two malls in the state which prohibits civilian carrying of concealed weapons. He killed five before an off-duty cop (not subject to ban) used a concealed firearm stopped his murder spree.

Cornell University did a study estimating that there are seven million Muslims in the U.S. If even a single percent of that population is motivated to go kill a few infidels for Allah, the country would be facing 70,000 murderers on the loose.

Is there a way to identify these followers of Mohammed? Javier Jordán & Fernando M. Mañas of the University of Granada think so. “It seems like pretty common-sensical stuff”, the Jawa Report states, “but most of it falls into the category of “profiling”, and therefore the politically correct amongst us will cry foul.

It should be noted that most of these “signs” would be better understood as “changes”. For example, a young Muslim male who seemed assimilated but then suddenly began to change his appearance and behavior. Also, none of these “changes” would be a definitive indicator of impending jihad. Like all “profiling”, they are simple shortcuts to help put likely suspects on the radar screen. A much more careful look at an individual would be needed before one could conclude that they were a threat.

Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

Physical Appearances:

*Growing of the beard–at times shaving only the moustache
*Cutting the hair very close to the head
*Very short fingernails
*Traditional Islamic dress like turban, hat, or jelaba–wide pants
*Pants don’t reach to feet, or pinning of the pants up.
*Refusing to wear shorts, even for sports
*Small callous on forehead (sign of devotion)
*Sudden weight loss

*MOST DANGEROUS: After a considerable length of “devoutness” in appearance, a sudden switch to Western style dress and look.

Behavioral Changes:

*Scrupulous attention to that which is permitted (halal) and that which is forbidden (harem)
–often accompanied by frequent inquiries to religious leaders on what is permitted
*Tensions with family over new-found religious purity
*Withdrawal and social polarization, especially from the non-believer (kafir)
*Increase use of religious rhetoric when speaking of political events
–often using Quranic quotes, and especially telling would be frequent quotes from the hadiths and sunna (sayings of the Prophet and stories of his life)
*Selective exposure to media
–especially visits to Islamist websites and forums
*Interest in early years of Islam
*Increasingly aggressive nature

In addition to these individual behaviors, the paper also recognizes that certain group behaviors might also indicate impending acts of terrorism.

Read it all.

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