The FBI and Department of Justice, as well as the media, are abuzz about another case of homegrown terrorism; the case of Farooque Ahmed. First glance would tell you that there is nothing homegrown about someone named Farooque Ahmed. First it is not an Arab name or an Islamic name, it is a Pakistani name of Urdu derivation. So to the discerning reader one would most likely conclude that this is not a native born American. It is certainly possible as he could have had parents who were not acculturate and he was the victim of their lack of concern for Americanization.
Homegrown is the emphasis from both the press and the FBI:
The Ahmed case, which President Obama was briefed on before the arrest, is the latest in a string of alleged bomb plots by so-called homegrown terrorists.
“It’s chilling that a man from Ashburn is accused of casing rail stations with the goal of killing as many Metro riders as possible through simultaneous bomb attacks,” said U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride. “Today’s arrest highlights the terrorism threat that exists in Northern Virginia and our ability to find those seeking to harm U.S. citizens and neutralize them before they can act. We are grateful for the outstanding work of the FBI in detecting and disrupting this plot.”
Both emphasize his alleged Americanness, but Ahmed is neither from Ashburn in any way other than residing there. He seemed to live in his own little Muslim world:
He worshipped at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center, a mosque with several branches in northern Virginia, coming to prayers occasionally by himself, said Robert Marro, a member of the board of trustees. The ADAMS Center, as it's known, issued a statement Wednesday expressing outrage at Ahmed's alleged plot. It also urged people to alert authorities if they know about Ahmed's activities or see any suspicious
behavior."He comes in just for prayer services and then leaves right after," Marro said.
A loner Muslim, no threat there. Obviously not wanting anyone to know his real self.
Several members of Hip Muslim Moms said they doubted Mirza Ahmed knew of his alleged plans.
"They were planning to go to Hajj" in Mecca, said one woman, who described herself as close to Mirza Ahmed but did not want her name used. "She was very excited about it."
The woman said she had met Farooque Ahmed several times when visiting her friend's house but did not know him well. She added that Mirza Ahmed, who is of Pakistani descent, was very Westernized. "She hardly spoke Urdu," she said.
Oh, yeah, she is Sergeant Schultz, hear nothing, know nothing. But were going on the Haj.
But, back to the essence of the narrative, the most likely reason for an "American" to be named Farooque Ahmed is that he is not a "homegrown" American. One would be correct. He is an immigrant who was naturalized.
WASHINGTON — A naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly spent six months casing crowded Metro subway stations around the Pentagon in what prosecutors said was a plan "to kill as many military personnel
as possible" by placing bombs on the trains and detonating them during rush hour.
It is clear that he is not homegrown. He is like any number of previous terrorists, an immigrant; like the Times Square bomber he is from Pakistan; like Najibullah Zazi he is from the terror homeland of the Pashtuns. Like Major Nidal Hasan, he is a Muslim. There is nothing American about him other than he apparently spoke enough English to be naturalized without any fraud. In name, in religion, in hatred for America, there is nothing homegrown about him, unless you count the hatred of America like Alger Hiss, Barak Hussein Obama, or Bill Ayers as evidence of his being "homegrown."
Furthermore, though the left is claiming that his wife is acculturate, just look at how she socializes: Hip Muslim Moms. Obviously Sahar Mirza-Ahmed did not want to sully herself by associating with the unclean kafir; She had to participate in activities where the hijab was acceptable. But the hijab is not homegrown. It, like Urdu names, or Islamicism, are imported and unwelcome. And brought to us by immigration.