President Obama's recent anti-extremism summit is starting to make more sense -- at least when viewed from the perspective of other nations, which are taking the same futile approach to combatting evil: "Kill them with kindness and understanding."
The teen in this story was a known radical, and was even subjected to the UK's anti-extremism program, which, among other tactics, uses the following measures:
* Prevent, where necessary, apologists for terrorism and extremism from traveling to this country. (This is interesting, because jihad-loving radical Anjem Choudary still lives in the UK but anti-extremist American advocates like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are banned from entering the UK.
* Supporting community-based campaigns and activity which can effectively rebut terrorist and extremist propaganda and offer alternative views to our most vulnerable target audiences. (This sounds much like the Obama approach of offering jobs, economic opportunities and a big hug to the terrorist wannabes.)
* Supporting people who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist activity through the Channel process, which involves several agencies working together to give individuals access to services such as health and education, specialist mentoring and diversionary activities. (Translation: Let's give jobs to terrorists and they will magically stop killing us.)
From Sky News
By Mark White
A teenage Muslim convert who idolized the killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby has been found guilty of planning his own attack on members of the British military.
Brusthom Ziamani, 19, was arrested by counter terrorism officers on 19 August last year, carrying a rucksack containing a 12-inch knife, a large hammer and an Islamic flag.
He later told a security officer at Wandsworth Prison in London that he had been on his way to "behead a British soldier at an army barracks and hold the severed head in the air" when he was arrested.
Ziamani, from Camberwell, southeast London, had been on police bail at the time he was stopped with the weapons, having been held almost two months earlier for posting extremist messages on Facebook.
Ziamani stated 'we should do a 9/11, 7/7 and a Woolwich all in one day'
At the time of his first arrest, on June 27, officers searched his belongings and found a letter he had written to his parents. One passage stated "we should do a 9/11, 7/7 and a Woolwich all in one day."
He also told his parents of his intention to fight jihad and wage war against the British Government.
It read: "You want war, you got it. British soldiers heads will be removed and burned. U cannot defeat the Muslims, we love to die the way you love to live."
The Old Bailey heard how Ziamani had been brought up as a strict Jehovah's Witness.
He converted to Islam at 15, but did not practice the religion until March last year when he began attending his local mosque and associating with a group of radical Muslims led by the preacher Anjem Choudary.
The court was told that his parents threw him out of the house when they learned of his conversion to Islam.
He became increasingly extreme in the messages he was posting online, condemning Jews and other non-believers, demanding Sharia law and calling on others to fight jihad.
He wrote of his admiration for Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, the two men who had murdered Lee Rigby outside Woolwich barracks in southeast London a year earlier.
Forensic examination of his mobile phone also discovered that he had searched online for information on army cadet and other military bases in his local area.
Despite this and his increasingly extremist rantings, the authorities decided not to prosecute Ziamani last June.
Instead, he was placed on a "Prevent" anti-extremism program.
But that intervention failed to have the desired effect, and he continued to post extremist and offensive messages online.
On the morning of Aug. 19 last year, he visited his ex-girlfriend in southeast London and told her he was going to attack a member of the military.
She gave evidence anonymously in court, claiming the defendant had opened his rucksack to show her the knife, hammer and Islamic flag he was carrying.
She told the jury: "I asked why he had these and he said, 'Me and the brothers are planning a terrorist attack'.
"I said, 'What, like a bomb or something?' and he said, 'No, a soldier or member of the government'."
He was arrested by police later that day, purely by chance, as officers had been planning to detain him for the extremist messages he was continuing to post on Facebook.
Ziamani has been remanded in custody at the Old Bailey, and will be sentenced on 20 March.
Richard Walton, from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command, said: "This case starkly illustrates one of the threats we currently face in the UK.
"Ziamani was an impressionable young man who became radicalised then rapidly developed an extremist, violent mindset. Over a series of months, he ultimately developed a desire to carry out a terrorist attack on British soldiers."