more on Moodus raid
The raid on the Darul Uloom camp at Shadybrook takes on a life of its own
. Locally, Josh Mrozinski at the Middletown Press
interviews Rahman, the caretaker at Shadybrook who says that the amaranth grown in Moodus is to at a vegetable market from Jamaica Plains, New York City. Josh notes that "In Bangladesh a small bag of data shak can sell for five pennies, said Rahman. But in the United States that same size bag can sell for $1.
The the news accumulator website Surfwax
picks it up from the Hartford Courant. Not surprisingly, neo-cons at the Free Republic
start to trumpet the story, no doubt to sow seeds of doubt [pardon the pun] toward Muslims in general to an American populace largely ignorant ["Don't they worship Allah
?"]about anything but the basics ["No, stoopid! The pray to the crescent and star
But it's when the Bangladesh Daily News and
an American-Arabic new weblog al Jazeerah
[not to be confused with aljazeera
television] [regrettably, thier story wasn't cached by google] choose to pick up the story that my antennae rise.
In my ignorance, I snidely opined in the comments at Jihad Watch
[when the site author hinted "...take note of the name...
" I'd presumed he was writing about the hamlet of Moodus. In fact, he was writing about Darul Uloom, an Islamist group referred to by Salman Rushdie as an "ultra-conservative Deobandi cult, in whose madrassas the Taliban were trained
Rushdie further notes that Darul Uloom:
...teaches the most fundamentalist, narrow, puritan, rigid, oppressive version of Islam that exists anywhere in the world today.
and that under Darul Uloom "...a Muslim woman from a village in northern India says she was raped by her father-in-law, has brought forth a ruling from the powerful Islamist seminary Darul-Uloom ordering her to leave her husband because as a result of the rape she has become haram (unclean) for him. "It does not matter," a Deobandi cleric has stated, "if it was consensual or forced."
Keeps on getting curiouser and curiouser.