Falls Church, VA, where his family is from, is where a since-convicted iman preached a very radical version of Islam.
After deliberating for seven days, the jury convicted the cleric, Ali al-Timimi of Fairfax, Va., on all six counts in the indictment, including counseling others to wage war against the United States and use firearms and explosives in furtherance of violent crimes. Timimi, who will remain under house arrest until sentencing on July 13, faces a mandatory life sentence under federal guidelines.What did the mosque hear from him?
Timimi, 41, was described by federal prosecutors as a rock star among radical Islamists and the spiritual leader for a group of young men who trained to fight abroad for Muslim causes, including defending the Taliban against U.S.-led forces.
A scholar of Salafist thought, which advocates a strict adherence to traditional Islamic values, he lectured at Dar Al Arqam Mosque in Falls Church, Va., and disseminated many of his speeches on the Internet.
Many of those lectures dealt with lifestyle issues, like marriage between Muslims and non-Muslims. But in one message to followers that was introduced at trial by the prosecution, Timimi described the crash of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003 as a "good omen" for Muslims in an apocalyptic conflict with the West.
So, that, on top of reports that the radical doctor shouted "Allahu akbar" as he fired into the crowd, leads me to believe that this wasn't just an isolated loner, but a part of a larger pattern.
How many incidents like this do we need to act? Who else has to die?