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This is Depressing

Springtime in Islamberg: Radical Muslim paramilitary compound flourishes in upper New York state

I could nitpick this (that AIN’T “upper” anything; it’s mid-west; just north of the Pennsy border), but the story is too depressing/enraging because of the locale. We have been eyeballing Deposit, NY for a long time as an escape solution. A dear friend (since passed) owned a B&B on Lake Oquaga, right above the town of Deposit. These jihadis would be right on the other side of the mountain.

Islamberg is not as benign as a Buddhist monastery or a Carmelite convent. Nearly every weekend, neighbors hear sounds of gunfire. Some, including a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, have heard the bang of small explosives. None of the neighbors wished to be identified for fear of “retaliation.” “We don’t even dare to slow down when we drive by,” one resident said. “They own the mountain and they know it and there is nothing we can do about it but move, and we can’t even do that. Who wants to buy a property near that?”

The complex serves to scare the bejeesus out of the local residents. “If you go there, you better wear body armor,” a customer at the Circle E Diner in Hancock said. “They have armed guards and if they shoot you, nobody will find your body.”

At Cousins, a watering hole in nearby Deposit, a barfly, who didn’t wish to be identified, said: “The place is dangerous. You can hear gunfire up there. I can’t understand why the FBI won’t shut it down.”

They blew up Ruby Ridge and set fire to the compound in Waco for less, in my eyes, anything resembling a reasonable excuse. Why ain’t the Feds knocking on these fuckers’ doors? Why ain’t they kicking their goddamned doors down?

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