My friend Karol, who runs the blog, last week alerted me to a post she had a year ago this month concerning the would-be Fort Dix terrorists, the Duka Brothers:

A little too small a world

When Elvis and Dritan Duka, two of the three brothers arrested on terrorism charges in Fort Dix, were kids, they were neighborhood bullies. When they got a little older, they became drug dealers.

How do I know? They grew up in my neighborhood, my brother and his friends used to brawl with them on a fairly regular basis. My brother’s best friend’s mom was friends with their mom. Then they moved to New Jersey and became Jihadis. Of all possible paths for the Duka kids, that one didn’t seem the most likely.

They’ve been here since they were kids, illegally it turns out, lived American lives, went to our public schools, and then decided to try and kill some of our troops. I don’t know that I’ll ever get used to this world.

A few surprisingly clueful comments that appeared below the post:

by Gerard:

I forget what part of Bensonhurst they’re supposed to be from-I was reading a story in the Post yesterday about the gullible cujine one of these hajjis married-but the neighborhood definitely has changed since the time I lived there.

There are a lot more Albanians who own-or at least operate-pizzerias in places like Brooklyn, unfortunately.

Yet another reason to detest the La Cosa Nostra, since very frequently they are the ones responsible for training them.

Organized crime is bad enough, but dealing with Albanian jihadis is an entirely different category of trouble.

Thank goodness we had Bill Clinton to bombe all those nasty Serbs.

*sarcasm implicit*

from Stan LS:

I grew up around 65th street in brooklyn, and yea, those albanians loooooooooooove to fight.

by Sean:

Does anyone have any “good Albanian” stories? I sure have plenty of bad ones, as does pretty much anyone who has lived in non-premiere sections of Brooklyn at one time or another.

There’s one family across the street from my aunt (the family, not just the kids) who has basically terrorized the block for about 30 years.

It’s not a muslim thing either. They terrorize the nice Bangladeshi muslims the worst, because the Bangledeshis (on this block) are a very peaceful group…I still don’t know why, to this day, we took (and continue to take) their [Albanians’] side in anything.

by Former Bay Ridger:

…seems like there’s a whole contingent of Muslim/Arab/Albanian pseudo-Jihadi angry teenagers now in that part of Bay Ridge, roughly between 4th and 8th avenues in the 60s - but beginning to stretch down to the higher streets.

by Kent Gordis:

The Swiss government boasts that it has admitted 250,000 Albanian refugees. Based on population, this is equivalent to admitting about 12 million Albanians to the U.S.