Another New York Bomb Plot: Real or Fake? - by Stephen Lendman
This accusation smells as bad as previous ones that were spurious.
Post-9/11, America waged war on Islam. Innocent victims are targeted for political advantage. They're called fundamentalists, extremists, terrorists and fanatics.
Why Muslims when, in fact, Islam teaches love, not hate; peace, not violence; charity, not selfishness; and tolerance, not terrorism.
Who knows though in today's climate of hate and fear at a time America wages global wars on Islam, including at home.
Perhaps Jose Pimental (aka Muhammad Yusaf) is the latest entrapped Muslim in a plot he never planned or intended. So far, it's unclear.
Born in the Dominican Republic, he's a naturalized US citizen convert to Islam. Except for five years in Schenectady, New York, he lived mostly in Manhattan.
On November 20, New York Times writers Joseph Goldstein and William Rashbaum headlined, "Man Arrested and Charged in Bomb Plot," saying:
NYPD authorities arrested Pimentel on Saturday. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly "announced the charges against (him) at a Sunday evening news conference at City Hall."
He'd been under surveillance for over two years. Authorities claimed he was close to completing at least three bombs.
According to Kelly:
"Pimentel talked about killing US military personnel returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly Marines and Army personnel. He talked about bombing post offices in and around Washington Heights and police cars in New York City, as well as a police station in Bayonne, NJ."
"Once his bombing campaign began, Mr. Pimentel said the public would know that there were mujahidden in the city to fight jihad here."- Advertisement -
Jihad is Arabic for "struggle," "effort," "to strive," "to exert," "resist," and "to fight," depending on the context. Western interpretation calls it "holy war," inaccurately suggesting belligerence.
Although the Koran calls for military struggle for Islam, it's mainly an internal, individual, spiritual one for self-improvement, moral cleansing, and intellectual effort.