Zachary Chesser, a 20 year-old kid from the DC suburbs, was arrested yesterday while allegedly on his way to travel to join an Islamist insurgency in Somalia. No surprise. Zachary fit the classic terrorist profile: he hated South Park.
Ever wonder who took seriously the periodic calls by radical Muslims to kill various cartoonists, like the lady who started "Everbody Draw Mohammed Day?" People like Zachary Chesser, that's who. According to the Washington Post:
Chesser, a George Mason University dropout whose parents live in Centreville, told the FBI that he only recently became religious and grew a beard, took the name Abu Tallah Al-Amrikee and married a Muslim woman in 2009, according to court papers. He allegedly looked to online videos, chats and over-the-counter CDs "almost obsessively," before creating a stream of YouTube sites, blogs and postings spreading the call "to fight jihad," the papers say.
Zachary got himself some attention last April by writing online that the creators of South Park should be killed for showing the Prophet Muhammad in a bear costume, on teevee (in a cartoon). The link between people angry at cartoonists and people who are in fact psychos grows stronger and stronger.