July 02nd 2012 12:01:23 AM
I didn’t even know about this at the time, but here is a two-paragraph CNN item about those non-Muslimy Albanians in 1999:
From Reporter Deborah Feyerick
FORT DIX, New Jersey CNN The sounds of Islamic calls to prayer echo across Fort Dix, temporary host to thousands of ethnic Albanians who fled war ravaged Kosovo. But the U.S. Army base will soon play final taps for the refugee resettlement program that should end this month.
I feel like I’m in a paradise, one Kosovar explained, as she described the base that has been a haven for about 4,000 refugees.
You think there was a connection between the sounds of the call to prayer and speeding up the refugees’ relocation?
A Fort Dix epilogue that I neglected. From March 2009: Fort Dix jihad convictions upheld, jihadists respond, “Allahu akbar!” (That’s most un-Albanian of them. Or should we assume it was just the relatives of the Turk and the “Palestinian”?)
Robert Spencer: They yelled “Allahu akbar” not because they approved of the upholding of their own convictions, but because they accept all events as manifestations of Allah’s perfect will, and probably also because they subscribe to Muhammad Atta’s view: “Shout, ‘Allahu Akbar,’ because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers.”
Also, this is noteworthy because many commentators, as might be expected, denied at the time of the trial that there was any actual jihad aspect to this plot.
Fort Dix Jihad Update: “Judge upholds convictions in Fort Dix plot case,” from AP, March 5 (thanks to all who sent this in):
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A judge in New Jersey has upheld guilty verdicts against five Muslim immigrants convicted last year of plotting to massacre U.S. soldiers.
The men’s lawyers argued that the federal government’s claims against their clients were not supported by evidence.
But a federal judge in Camden disagreed and has ruled the jury was right to convict them in December. He said the men received a fair trial.
Relatives and several of the men yelled, “Allah akbar” (AH’-lah AHK’-bar) — Arabic for “God is great” — in the courtroom after Thursday’s ruling….