Last month saw an update on one of the ‘not like that’ Albanian brothers convicted of plotting to massacre military personnel at the Ft. Dix army base:

Fort Dix jihad attacker rejects American legal system, calls on judge to convert to Islam (March 21, 2009)

CAMDEN, N.J. - One of the five men convicted in the Fort Dix trial wants to fire his lawyer and waive his right to appeal.

Eljvir Duka (el-VEER’ DOO’-kah) wrote the judge on Thursday that he wants to give up his rights because he rejects the American legal system. He calls it a system of “injustice.”…

It’s Duka’s second letter to the judge in a week. Earlier, he wrote that the judge should convert to Islam. […]

This is the “Elvis” Duka whom my friend Karol knew growing up because he and his brothers were the neighborhood bullies. And as often happens when people can’t get their lives on a straight path, they find Islam — to legitimize their bad-assness and give their criminality a higher purpose. This example of how our friends the Albanians are taking to Islam reminds me to highlight a sentence from a December article by Robert Spencer:

They wanted to burst into Fort Dix and murder as many American soldiers as they could, but it was all a joke, you see: so said Mohamed Younes, president of the American Muslim Union. “I don’t think they actually mean to do anything,” he asserted. “I think they were acting stupid, like they thought the whole thing was a joke. They don’t look like the type of people to do something like this.”

Unfortunately, Associated Press reporter Wayne Parry doesn’t seem to have followed this up by asking Younes exactly what “the type of people to do something like this” actually do look like. It might have been interesting to see a Muslim leader in the United States engage in what could be regarded as “racial profiling.”

So while Muslims everywhere try to point our attention away from Middle Easterners and “Islamic” terrorism, Muslims themselves know there is a “type” that does terrorism — but paint us as bigots for knowing the same.

The December article also mentions the following, ubiquitous warnings to the infidel that come up when Muslims are being prosecuted or when new, potentially effective anti-terror legislation is passed:

A former Muslim chaplain for the U.S. military and Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention, James Yee, expressed sorrow over the verdicts as well – not because of the potential loss of life at Fort Dix, but because the convictions would ruffle American Muslim feathers: “All of this doesn’t help build trust with the American Muslim community,” he complained, “and that is vital if our law enforcement is going to fight terrorism. If anyone can improve security, it’s our community, but we need to be seen as trusted partners, not potential suspects.”

We hear this a lot from Muslims in the UK in particular, especially when someone actually comes up with a way to pinpoint terrorists-in-the-making. And what they’re saying is this: the “vast majority” of “innocent” Muslims have no stake in preventing terrorism of their own accord, as they do not see themselves as part of the larger society that is being targeted. And so their cooperation needs to be won over — including by not producing effective anti-terror legislation and not convicting caught-red-handed terrorists.

Makes sense.