Is this the best ISIS can do?
On Thursday, VICE News carried an “exclusive” interview with a purported ISIS member who promised to deliver death and destruction to America and Canada.
There was a credibility problem, however. The man interviewed, 21-year-old Somali-Canadian Abu Usamah Somali, looked more like a tagger or wanna-be gangbanger from Toronto or Saskatoon than a serious terrorist.
“We’ll sure be making attacks in New York soon [with Allah’s permission]. A lot of brothers there are mobilizing right now [thanks to Allah],” said Abu, also known as Farah Shirdon.
The supposed terrorist in a hoodie promised to behead hundreds.
“We have thousands of prisoners from the West that we have that we will have to behead,” he bragged. “Maybe I have your cousin here, you don’t know. Or your distant cousin, or your uncle. We have them with us and you don’t know.”
This “story” is right up there with one posted earlier this month by the New York Post.
“Gun-wielding teen girls from Europe join ISIS,” screamed the headline. It showed Sabina Selimovic and Samra Kesinovic smiling in what appeared to be high school yearbook shots. The Post dubbed the girls “the new face of jihad in Syria.”
“Kesinovic and Selimovic vanished from Austria earlier this year and paraded their terror involvement on social media, posting images of themselves holding AK47s as they stood among several armed men,” the tabloid reported.
All of this lends credence to a National Institute of Mental Health study that shows the human brain is not fully developed until the age of 25.