Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Star Tribune thinks this video will make you into an Islamic radical

Here's how the Minneapolis paper describes an August video aimed at recruiting Minnesotans to the Somalian terrorist group Al-Shabab:
The 40-minute recruiting video is as slick as any marketing tool for the twenty-something male demographic: patriotic music, commitment to a greater good, guns, even the promise of enjoying life in “the real Disneyland.”
Skim through it and judge for yourself:

Did you somehow resist the call to jihad?  Or are you booking a flight to Mogadishu as we speak?

I probably should have something more sophisticated to say about this, but, honestly, the main thing I'm feeling is embarrassed for my hometown paper's utter cluelessness.  Maybe Al-Shabab will continue to draw recruits from Cedar-Riverside, but I'd hesitate to ascribe their success to marketing savvy.  But what do I know?  I'm a twenty-something male; play a little patriotic music and my brain turns to mush.

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