Friday, January 27, 2012

Drive-by jihadi pleads guilty in DC shoot-em-up

What's this? A trigger-happy American jihadi taking pot-shots at the Pentagon, breaking windows and harming the stone facade of US power... Now he'll live out his days in the slammer:
Pentagon shooting: Drive-by jihadi pleads guilty | Alaska Dispatch: "An Alexandria, Va., man admitted in federal court Thursday that he fired live rounds into the Pentagon and three other government buildings and planned to desecrate graves at Arlington National Cemetery in support of Islamic militants overseas.

Yonathan Melaku pleaded guilty to damaging government property, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and attempting to damage a veterans’ memorial.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, prosecutors will request a 25-year prison sentence. In addition, Mr. Melaku faces up to $750,000 in fines and restitution of $111,215.98 for the damage he caused to buildings and windows."
It's all good. The government will have the guy on the hook for almost a cool mil, so if he ever does get out -- which is unlikely while "hostilities" continue -- he'll go from a penal institution to a debtor's prison. No doubt, that will be a future of the USA of the future.

Think about it, though. Aside from being a reckless act and causing some damage to federal buildings, what has this guy really done?

One thing he's done is show us the outrage that percolates in the Islamic world over the cruel and degenerate behavior of the US in its various and sundry wars in the Muslim world. Instead of pock-marked buildings and broken windows, we leave behind a wreckage of lives, cut short by drone-fired weapons of mass destruction. To those who are the victims, we categorize them into the oblivion of "collateral damage," where their suffering goes to be forgotten.

The impotence of one man standing up to an unstoppable militaristic machine is the true measure of futility. It seems vain and foolish on the one hand, while on the other, one can only wonder at the capacity of the world's victim class to suck up the continual slights and indignities cast upon it.

Will they reach their limit before the US military machine kills 'em all?

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