December 08, 2006

Terrorism in Rockford!

Iím sitting at my desk today when a peer of mine comes up and says to me, ďDid you hear that someone tried to blow up the mall?Ē At first I thought they where kidding or had some misinformation. There is no way that anyone would want to blow up Cherryvale Mall. Well apparently Derrick Shareef (AKA Talib Abu Salam Ibn Shareef) wanted to. Thatís right, someone was planning on doing a ďterrorist attackĒ in order to ďcommit acts of violent jihad against targets in the United States as well as commit other crimes in order to obtain funds to further his goals of violent jihad.Ē Plus he had other ideas.

Now of course this guy didnít think things through too well. His weapons of choice where two handguns and four hand grenades he was going to put into trashcans located around the mall. Now I donít have any first hand functional working knowledge of a hand grenade, but unless Iím completely wrong this is an anti-personal device. There isnít a lot of explosive power; it just sends shrapnel in every direction trying to kill anything living in its ďdanger zoneĒ. Thus putting these grenades into the cement containers is not going to have the desired effect this guy is thinking of. If Iím mistaken, please let me know.

Plus the guy thought he could get four grenades and two handguns for a set of stereo speakers. Those have got to be some extremely nice speakers. The last time I checked hard to find items such as grenades donít come cheap. If I found a guy that was willing to part with four of them AND two handguns for a set of speakers, I would be thinking Fed. Especially if they set up the trade for the parking lot of a Walmart. Then again when you are blinded by your hatred of the country you are in, I guess you arenít thinking too clearly.

Finally, Why Cherryvale Mall? Sure, initially he was looking at government buildings in Rockford and Dekalb, but he ultimately decided on the mall. Within an hour and a half are two larger malls in a more populated area. I would think either Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg or Gurnee Mills mall in Gurnee would be better targets. Cherryvale Mall isnít that large of a mall. Even in the Christmas greed season when itís busiest, I still think itís less busy then those other two. If you were going to go Jihad on Northern Illinois, Iíd think youíd want to get the most targets at the same time. IE would 9-11 have been anywhere near as tragic if the planes crashed into a K-mart?

But what really gets my dander up over this whole thing is that the AP press is saying it was a Chicago area mall. Hey numbnuts, grab a farking map and look. Cherry Valley is a good 90 miles from Chicago. Hell, itís roughly 40 minutes of farmland before you get to the nearest city that could be considered a suburb of Chicago. Sure maybe not everyone knows where Cherry Valley or even Rockford is, but damn I didnít know that giving generalized areaís of where something newsworthy happens is good reporting.

Either way they caught the guy before he did any harm. Would I call him a terrorist, okay in the loosest sense of the word, but he seems to be more of a raving lunatic.

Posted by Contagion in General at December 8, 2006 05:35 PM | TrackBack

The story on Yahoo! mentioned Rockford by name.

As for rationale, Cherryvale is an epicenter of pure evil. Kind of like the Hellmouth from BTVS, but populated with uber-annoying emo-goths and wiggers instead of demons.

Personally, I'd prefer the demons.

As for dumping a standard hand grenade into a garbage can surrounded by three inches of concrete, I don't think it would do much unless you were standing right next to it and even then it probably wouldn't be lethal. Make a nice garbage shower and look pretty cool though.....

Posted by: Graumagus at December 8, 2006 08:18 PM

I saw this as I was sitting in the airport waiting for te plane. Except they said Chicago on CNN. I didn't realize it was MY beloved mall.

Damn him. Damn him to hell.

Posted by: Tammi at December 8, 2006 10:07 PM

On CNN, the news radio and AP they all put it dateline Chicago and a Chicago area. Some of the other news sources later in the day have added the name of the mall (Which is in Cherry Valley, not Rockford, so they are still getting it wrong)

Posted by: Contagion at December 9, 2006 08:26 AM

Okay, I want to know how you differentiate "terrorist" from "raving lunatic". I put the two side by side and can't find any difference.

Posted by: og at December 9, 2006 10:16 AM

You know, if the damned Marines were back in town, they would try that crap.

I'm just sayin'......

Posted by: Tammi at December 9, 2006 10:29 AM

Generally when I think of a terrorist I don't think of an individual acting on his own. I'm usually thinking of some kind of group that is at least loosely organized. A terrorist can be a raving lunatic, but a raving lunatic isn't necessarily a terrorist.

Posted by: Contagion at December 9, 2006 10:41 AM

We need to start executing these tards (after due-process, of course).
He'll just spread his poison in prison, and then be released to start his plans anew.

Posted by: jimmyb at December 9, 2006 08:16 PM

3 inches of concrete? Yeah, this guy was really clueless. It sure would make a lot of noise and likely damage some ear drums, but that would be all. The guns? Well, maybe the grenades were to distract you while he shot people. Then again, there was no mention of ammo in the reports, so maybe he was just going to throw the handguns at people.

Posted by: Ogre at December 12, 2006 09:54 AM

I just wanted to know how he was going to set the grenades off: Just put them in the trash cans, without pulling the pins? Not much BOOM there...
Pull the pins, *then* put them in the trash? Yeeah, he'd've had 3-7 seconds before HE went BOOM, 'cause you KNOW he'd just *have* to look to make sure that very short fuse was burning... though that scenerio would've been just funny! (where it not in a mall full of people)

And yeah, I wanted to reach thru the radio and choke the crap out of the news-reader, saying it was a Chicago-area mall. On a Chicago station.

Lastly, I hear that in Eastern Crapistan a couple of Sony speakers can get you a real nice Kalishnikov, and that's for the *cheap* speakers...

Posted by: Wes at December 12, 2006 08:24 PM