March 05th 2012 08:47:23 PM
Following up on today’s earlier blog post about the now-sentenced Betim Kaziu from “Former Yugoslavia,” Macedonia seems not to be averse to getting the point, if you notice the headline:
Another Kosovo Albanian Charged with Terrorism in USA (MINA, March 3)
A New York City man whose parents are Kosovo Albanians was sentenced to 27 years in prison Friday for traveling to the Middle East in a failed bid to join al-Qaida and avenge abuse of Muslims by killing American troops.
“I wish I had not gone down that path,” Betim Kaziu told U.S. District Judge John Gleason before hearing the sentence in federal court in Brooklyn. “I completely regret what I did in that phase of my life.”
But Gleason said it was first time he’d hear the defendant express remorse – and that it wasn’t convincing.
“You grew up in Brooklyn and you decided to murder your own country’s soldiers,” Gleason said. “There’s still an element of defiance in you. … You’re still way too proud of becoming a jihadist.”
Kaziu and star witness Sulejah Hadzovic were two U.S.-born sons of Islamic immigrants from Kosovo and Bosnia who met in sixth grade. By 2008, “they pursued a growing interest in radical Islam” and began searching the Internet for opportunities to take up arms against U.S. troops.