Human Eventsby John Hayward
The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon was a delightful affair this year. Hundreds of happy families gathered around the 75-foot tree provided by a local lumber company, and enjoyed a sing-a-long with the Pacific Youth Choir, on what the Pioneer Courthouse website describes as â€œone of the busiest and most festive days in downtown Portland.â€
Then a Somali-born jihadi detonated a truck bomb in their midst.
The bomb didnâ€™t go off, because it was a fake, provided by FBI agents in an incredibly thorough sting operation. The official charge against him is â€œsuspicion of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction,â€ and youâ€™ll read a lot of news reports saying he â€œattemptedâ€ to detonate a bomb in the middle of that crowd. He didnâ€™t â€œattemptâ€ it. He made a cell phone call he thought would cook the bomb off, in what he had previously told undercover agents would be a â€œspectacular fireworks show.â€ In fact, he made the phone call twice. He thought there were six 55-gallon drums full of explosives on the other end of those phone calls. He screamed â€œAllahu Akhbar!â€ as agents took him into custody.
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