Drudge had this one up today and I just couldn’t pass it by. The idea at issue is nearly laughable, but for the unthinkable suffering wrought by Islam’s ongoing war against non-Muslim humanity – for the past fourteen centuries. Let’s get to the latest AP Big Story report on a (not very) brilliant ( and rather expensive) plan launched by the Obama Administration a year ago to – stop terrorist recruiting in Minnesota. Yes. You read that correctly. We’re going to spend a whole lot of money to keep young Muslims from making the leap into violent jihad – as if poverty, joblessness, lack of education, wealth, profitable employment, or post-graduate degrees, have anything to do with it.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A community advocate who spends his days helping Somali families and a youth soccer coach who works to keep kids off the street are among the people lining up for a crack at federal and private funds aimed at stopping terror recruiting.
Friday was the deadline for applicants to request roughly $400,000 in money being administered by a nonprofit entity as part of Minnesota’s efforts to stamp out violent extremism.
Minneapolis’ program, called Building Community Resilience, focuses on the state’s large Somali community, which has been fertile ground for terrorism recruiters. More than 22 men have left the state since 2007 to join al-Shabab in Somalia, and roughly a dozen people have left in recent years to join militants in Syria.It was unclear how many people or groups had applied for funding by Friday’s deadline. Grant awards will be announced March 9…Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said he’s excited about the program’s progress and he’s trying to get additional funding, both federal and private. He pointed to a bill Obama signed into law in December that includes $50 million for efforts that combat terrorism as a possible source. Luger noted that $10 million of that appropriation is specifically for states’ efforts to prevent violent extremism, though it’s not yet known how much of that money will to Minnesota.
Mohamud Noor, executive director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, is among those who requested money. On any given day, a half-dozen or more community members are lined up outside Noor’s office, seeking help for legal troubles, jobs or for housing issues. This week, one mother came to him about a teenage son on the verge of getting kicked out of school. In those situations, Noor works with parents, schools and teens to stop bad situations from getting worse.
Noor said he is proposing “a community transformation” that will include education, mentoring and job training. While he knows the money available won’t cover all the community’s needs, he said he hopes it will lead to efforts that the community can sustain….
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Here’s a novel idea. A really cheap way to get right to the root causes of terrorist recruiting. And it won’t cost anyone $400,000: