Apparently, being a terrorist is bad – but only kinda bad, depending on how cooperative you are.
That’s the message one judge’s ruling sends, anyway. Particularly troublesome when you consider how egregious the offense and how brutal the terror group they wanted to partner with really is.
Three Minnesota men who were found guilty of conspiring to join ISIS in Syria came to this ruling:
“U.S. District Judge Michael Davis sentenced Abdullahi Mohamed Yusuf, 20 to 21 months already served in jail,” the Associated Press reported. “Abdirizak Warsame, 21, didn’t fare as well, but his sentence of 2 1/2 years in prison was two years less than prosecutors sought.”
The third man, Zacharia Abdurahman, 21, was sentenced to a decade in prison.
The strange thing is, all three men pleaded guilty. So why, you wonder, were they given different sentences? The first two cooperated with the government; the third, didn’t.
The judge asked Abdurahman why he refused to testify against other members of his “terrorist cell,” AP reported. And his answer sheds bright light on the basics of Islam, and why many say the religion is incompatible with free societies:
“As a man,” Abdurahman said, AP reported, “I made a decision not to do that to my former friends. Your honor, I’m a man of principle. … Our religion teaches you not to harm another brother.”
Listen to that message: His concept of a man of honor is one who can chop off heads of infidels, murder, rape and enslave the enemy, but so long as he doesn’t tattle-tale on his fellow Islamic believers, he’s good to go?
“Abdurahman … admitted that he was a committed supporter of the Islamic State and its violence jihadist ideology, though he said he abandoned it after his arrest,” AP reported. “He agreed with Davis that he had been a terrorist.”
Source: The Associated Press