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Scott Atran runs with a rough, international crowd– jihadis, mujahideen, and lashkars– otherwise known as Islamic fundamentalists, otherwise known as terrorists, who have invited Atran into their worlds. As we know all too well, their worlds can be dangerous, even for a westerner with an invite.
Atran visited Kashmir after the earthquake in 2005 to look at relief efforts, as well as to investigate jihadi groups, who were riding around on military trucks and using loudspeakers to announce that people had turned away from God, and that the way back to God was to join the jihadi movement. Shortly after arriving there, Atran, hosted by Kashmiri Nationals (neither pro-Indian, nor pro-Pakistani), was told that Lashkar-e-Taiba (an Al Quaeda-affiliated group operating mainly out of Pakistan) was looking for him, a search, he says, that equated to a death threat. He had to hide under the floor-boards of a mosque.
In Sulawesi, Indonesia, he was interviewing a jihadi commander by conducting an anthropological experiment, which involves asking the question: If a child is born to Zionist parents but is raised by jihadi parents, will the child grow up to be a Zionist or a jihadi?
Atran claims he has asked this question in many countries all over the world and never feared for his life afterward, but his experience in Sulawesi was different. The commander replied: "The child would grow up to be a jihadi." Then he looked at Atran and asked, "but,...
Latest slam on the BoV's June debacle: The American Association of University Professors releases a report on Rector Helen Dragas' firing of President Teresa Sullivan and calls it a "crude exercise of naked power," as well as "a failure of judgment, and alas, of common sense." Ted Strong has the story in the Daily Progress.
Latest bombshell in the Hash case: Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins said in a 2010 deposition he was told to forge reports and lie to the prosecutor's office as lead investigator in the 1996 murder of Thelma Scoggins, and that he didn't believe Michael Hash had anything to do with it. Hash's conviction was overturned in 2012 when a federal judge cited police and prosecutorial misconduct. Now being sued by Hash, Jenkins says he believes Hash was the murderer. The Culpeper Star-Exponent has the story.
Biggest leak: A natural gas leak in the median of U.S. 29 March 13 closes the road between Rio Road and Hilton Heights Road for several hours.
Biggest leak week: Charlottesville launches "Fix a leak week," part of an EPA national program to fix residential water leakage, from March 17-23.
Biggest whistleblower reduction: Judge Norman Moon slices a jury award of $1.46 million to former UVA assistant p...