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Portrait emerges of suspected Oregon bomber

Average American teenager became “confused” recently


Mohamed Osman Mohamud, who allegedly planned to bomb a downtown Portland, Ore. Christmas-tree lighting ceremony, seemed to be a regular American teenager, who liked sports, girls, and the night life at Oregon State University, where he studied engineering. But in the last few months, people around him say he changed: his parents were having marital issues and had recently separated, he dropped out of school, and he stopped attending mosque. “He seemed to be in a state of confusion,” said Yosof Wanly, the imam at the Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Center in Corvallis, which Mohamud attended while at college. “He would say things that weren’t true. ‘I’m going to go get married,’ for example. But he wasn’t getting married.” Mohamud is scheduled to appear in federal court on Monday on a charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. “When you think of someone doing what he did, you think of some crazy kind of guy,” said a fellow Oregon State student who knew Mohamud. “He wasn’t like that. He was just like everybody else.” Meanwhile, the mosque where Mahamud worshipped has said it did not have a hand in his radicalization and has emphasized that this incident is isolated, and Muslims in Oregon are worried they will face a backlash because of Mohamud’s alleged actions.

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Portrait emerges of suspected Oregon bomber

  1. Sorry, I'm not buying the sympathy story. Throw the book at him.

  2. Out there: I agree with your paragraph 1. But in paragraph 2 you state: "If he is found guilty, a stiff sentence may then very well be called for."

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but…"may then…." ? How about "should be called for?" or "is required by the laws of this country." Your "may" also implies "may NOT."

    This equivocation is maddening. This country offered this young man freedom, an education, and a future for his family; he wanted to blow up as many people as he could at a peaceful gathering. "May be…"

  3. Losers seem to be strongly attracted to the most cowardly forms of 'jihad', it's a shame that Islam produces so many of them. They have nothing to be proud of.

  4. Another poor misunderstood American youth…parents having marital troubles…picked on in school….'confused"….yep, this has never happened to millions upon millions of other American teenagers who have grown up here over the last 200 years. However, this one…decides to murder innocents, including children in the name of Allah. Just watch how the lib media and the granola crunchers in Oregon start to spin this story into a case of victimization for poor" Mohamed squared"
    And before someone jumps down my case, I realize that our country has produced its share of Timothy McVeigh's, and Dylan Klebolds.
    Too bad this idiot didn't have a gun to off himself when he failed…gonna be a long, expensive trial.

  5. Islamic countries have always treated Christians as second class citizens.The divide ,I'm afraid has been there all along.Osama can't take credit for that one.