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Which System Failed This Young Man? ISIS or the USA?

Which System Failed This Young Man? ISIS or the USA?
In this file photo provided by the U.S. District Court, Alexandria, Va., Mohamad Khweis, 27, of Alexandria, Va., is seen. Khweis, 27, the only American citizen to be convicted in a U.S. jury trial of successfully joining the Islamic State overseas, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday, Octr. 27, 2017. (U.S. District Court, Alexandria, Va. via AP, File)

By with Michael R. Shannon Saturday, 17 February 2018 09:00 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The Opposition Media saves its sympathy for the strangest people. In a similar vein, while reporters are ready, willing, and able to attribute the darkest, most malign impulses to a run-of-the-mill conservative, they can excuse obviously anti-American and potentially murderous behavior on the part of favored minority groups.

This brings us to Mohamad Khweis. Here he was, 27-years-old and no longer on dad’s health insurance policy. It’s time to do something with his life. Mohamad’s watching ISIS head-chopping, pilot-burning videos on the internet and decides to get in on some of that action himself!

Of course, that’s not the way Mark Berman of The Washington Post portrays the decision. He writes that Mohamad was “curious” about life in the ISIS caliphate. That’s not the impression ISIS videos left with me or most other normal individuals. Life in New Zealand — home of the hobbits — is “curious.” Life in the caliphate is murderous.

But for poor Mohamad it was a case of bait-and-switch. Instead of a glorious whirlwind of beheading infidels, burning captives alive, and taking his pick from the herd of sex slaves, he was forced to run “errands such as grocery shopping, taking out the trash at his Islamic State house and caring for wounded fighters.”

Mohamad didn’t even get to sharpen the knives for the televised beheadings!

What an outrage.

Berman, who is so gullible I hope he comes to the open house when my home goes on the market, writes that it was all a terrible misunderstanding. For Mohamed ISIS “was kind of interesting.” And although he got tired of waiting for Kalashnikov training and left the Islamic paradise, he “insisted he was not part of the group and only wanted to see the situation in Syria for himself.”

A rationalization that sounds a lot like the excuse cops, journalists, and public officials use when they’re caught in a child pornography sting: I was only doing an undercover investigation. Mohamad was simply Bashir’s Baedeker.

Worried about dishpan hands and tired of the walk to Mohamad’s Mini-Mart, our jilted jihadi made a break for it and was captured in Iraq in 2016. His treatment at the hands of U.S. troops was a vast improvement over what he would have received at the hands of ISIS executioners he originally wanted to join.

Back in the U.S. Mohamad was tried last month and sentenced to 22 years in prison. I get the feeling Berman thinks it’s an over-reaction to a youthful indiscretion. I wonder how he would feel if the situation had been reversed and Berman was depending on Mohamad for sympathy?

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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