Why Americans choose to help ISIL bigger question what is up with Minnesota

An article titled “Minnesota man accused of conspiring to help Islamic State” written by Jeff Baenen for the Associated Press details how another Minnesota man was captured by FBI and charged with conspiring to help the Islamic State.  It reports that “Another Minnesota man has been charged with conspiring to help the Islamic State.  Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, 20, of Eagan was charged Wednesday by criminal complaint with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.  Court documents allege Warsame tried to help other young men from Minnesota's Somali community travel to Syria to fight for the Islamic State. Nine others in that group have already been charged, authorities say.  According to an FBI special agent's affidavit, one man who was planning to leave for Syria appointed Warsame to replace him as "emir," or leader, of the group. "As the new emir, Warsame immediately encouraged those with passports and money to travel to Syria by the end of the upcoming summer," the affidavit said.  Five Minnesota men are scheduled to stand trial in May on charges including conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit murder outside the United States, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.  The men have been described as friends in Minnesota's Somali community who recruited and inspired each other to join the Islamic State. Some of them communicated with Islamic State members overseas, some took steps to get fake passports, and some played paintball to prepare for combat, prosecutors say.  Three other members of the group have already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and are awaiting sentencing. Authorities say the ninth is in Syria.  About a dozen Minnesota residents have traveled to Syria to join jihadist groups there since late 2013. In addition, more than 22 young men from Minnesota's Somali community have left the state since 2007 to join al-Shabab in Somalia.


Now it must be made clear, not one person can truly control the desires and mind-set of another but even this being true, we must also wish to find out exactly what in the world is going on in Minnesota which would make so many decide that the Islamic State is their best option.  Maybe the solution to solving the issue of “so-called Americans” choosing to help a terrorist organization instead of doing more to help their own American community can be found here at home.  Are we doing enough to try and include all as our founding principles say or are we allowing phobias of religion to divide and conquer?

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