An (Un)Friendly Reminder of Your Mortality

From the Washington Post:

An Arlington man has been arrested after posting on Facebook that he could put pipe bombs on Metro cars or in Georgetown at rush hour, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

Court papers do not show that Awais Younis, 25, also known as Mohhanme Khan and Sundullah Ghilzai, ever acted on the threats. He has been charged with communicating threats via interstate communications.

In late November, someone told FBI agents in New Orleans that a person they had met via Facebook had chatted about using explosives in the D.C. area, court papers say. The person, known as Sundullah Ghilzai, described how to build a pipe bomb and indicated what type of shrapnel would cause the most damage.

Ghilzai said he could put a pipe bomb under a sewer head in Georgetown at rush hour to cause the greatest number of casualties, according to an affidavit filed in court by the FBI. He also talked about putting bombs on the third and fifth Metro cars, which he said held the largest number of passengers.

Younis’s arrest came the same week that a 21-year old Baltimore man was accused in a plot to bomb a military recruiting center.

Antonio Martinez, 21, who recently converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Hussain, is accused of trying to kill members of the military whom he saw as a threat to Muslims. The FBI learned of his radical leanings on Facebook, joined his plot and supplied him with a fake car bomb that he tried to detonate, federal officials said.

And in October, authorities charged Farooque Ahmed, 34, of Ashburn with conspiring with people he thought to be al-Qaeda operatives to bomb the Arlington Cemetery, Pentagon City, Crystal City and Court House Metro stations.The operatives were actually working with the FBI.

(h/t KJL)

I read that this morning while on the Metro, having just passed through Pentagon City, Crystal City, and Arlington Cemetery, literally pulling into Foggy Bottom (the Georgetown undergrad stop).  When I got off the Metro, I turned around to see out which car I had been in… it was the third.  Times like this, you just have to thank God for His Sovereign mercy.  It’s also a stark reminder that not everyone dies of old age — we may be called to account for our lives sooner than we think.  As the Church says in Her Ash Wednesday services, “Remember, O man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”

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