A few days ago I posted a review of The Blood of Lambs a book by Kamal Saleem in which he tells the story of becoming a PLO/Fatah terrorist at the age of seven and growing up as a terrorist. His story and how he came to reject his radical beliefs fascinated me and made me eager to learn more about the mindset of terrorists. I have already read another book by an ex-terrorist, Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef, which I plan to put up a review for in the next couple days. I also spent some time looking around for more information about people who have turned their back on radical Islam.
I found some very interesting stuff. Kamal Saleem travels around the country talking about radical Islam and the creeping influence that it is pursuing in this country. Another former PLO terrorist who is trying to inform America of the continuing dangers posed by radical Islam is Walid Shoebat he also maintains a blog in which he discusses issues pertinent to the Middle-East, terrorism, etc. The amazing thing to me is how willing people are to call these men frauds, here is a page Mr. Shoebat has that is dedicated to addressing some of these attacks, in his discussion of the media he says:
They were glad to label me during my terror days as a freedom fighter, now they label me a racist and an Islamophobe. The same media that believed us during my terror supporting days when we were lying, yet refuse to believe us when we are telling the truth.
Overall I would say these men and their message are important and we would do well to heed their warnings. On Kamal Saleem’s website I found an interview in which he discusses his book, The Blood of Lambs, and tells some of the stories from his time as a terrorist. Here is the first part of that interview in which he discusses being recruited and trained in Lebanon…
There are six parts to the interview, this is just the first part. I plan to post the other six parts in the future, but if you would like to see them now, you can find them here.