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Zazi terror case has Colorado Muslims refocusing on vigilance

Bruce Finley
The Denver Post
Andy Cross, The Denver PostMohammad Noorzai, a part-time imam and past president of the Colorado Muslim Society, says members of his faith need to begin to fight terrorism through education of Muslim youth. Coloradans with ties abroad "could be in denial about ourselves," he said
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The evolving case of terrorism suspect Najibullah Zazi – the Afghan immigrant jailed in an alleged bombing plot – initially struck some in Colorado’s Islamic community as another example of FBI overenthusiasm.

But as details trickled out, skepticism morphed into surprise and embarrassment, prompting leaders to ask searching questions about themselves, the community and how U.S. actions abroad could imperil Americans at home.

Afghanistan-born landscaping company owner Mohammad Noorzai, who sees the case as evidence of America’s alarming vulnerability to covert extremists, this week proposed an initiative to prevent future plots.



“We need to step up as a Muslim community . . . to start putting more focus on this. Enough is enough. Our community is fed up,” said Noorzai, a part-time imam and past president of the Colorado Muslim Society.

“We need to start getting aggressive and directly fighting against terrorism through education and speeches . . . mostly to our own community and our youth,” Noorzai said.



Colorado residents with ties abroad “could be in denial about ourselves. . . . We need to take a look, see what we need to do,” Noorzai said.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13457681


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