The Chicago Tribune carried this story today:
Man gets two years in prison for bomb threat; Letter to Jewish high school demanded Israeli troop withdrawalBy Andy Grimm, Tribune reporter, 6:50 p.m. CST, November 24, 2010
A West Rogers Park man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 months in prison for mailing a letter threatening to blow up a Jewish high school. A half-dozen friends and neighbors testified that Mohammad Alkaramla, 25, was a peaceful man with many friends in his multiethnic neighborhood until his estranged wife moved to Jordan with their son. The caring man known to friends as "Mo" then became depressed and feared Middle East strife would make life dangerous for his son, they said. Alkaramla, who was born in Jordan, mailed a letter in late 2008 to the Ida Crown Jewish Academy, threatening to plant a bomb there if Israel didn't withdraw troops from the Gaza Strip within two weeks, said his father, Tawiq Alkaramla.....
You can read the whole story, but there is absolutely no mention that Alkaramla was religiously or politically motivated. In his own words: "I realize I was in a downfall of my life, thinking of myself."
But most people who become self-focused with grief don't seek out schools to blow up. How did he go from lamenting the fact that his wife jilted him and took his kid, to issuing a threat of mass murder to people he didn't even know? I would think his anger and frustration would be more reasonably directed at his wife, and that he would have been pursuing some sort of legal resolution for custody of his son. Insterad, this newly single man, a the paragon of neighborly love, suddenly embraces the goals of Hamas and al-Qaida.
I guess drowning his sorrows at the local tavern wasn't an option.