What Would You Tell Your Friend if He Was a Terrorist?

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a Oregon State University student, had planned to set off a car bomb at a 2010 Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon before he was caught (in a setup). His friends had no idea. Now, with hindsight, they're writing letters to him.

Bassam Tariq of the "30 Mosques" project, gave all of Mohamed Osman Mohamud's, known as 'MoMo', friends a Livescribe Smartpen and asked them what they would say to him now if they could. It's an interesting question: how do you treat a friend now knowing that he was a terrorist that wanted to kill innocent civilians? The responses were varied: some reminisced about the simpler past, others talked about theories, many expressed regret and one wrote indirectly to him.

What Would You Tell Your Friend if He Was a Terrorist?

Many of his friends knew MoMo shared "unorthodox views" but never thought he would go as far as he did. A friend put it this way: "We all know that one crazy guy in the mosque, but we don't think he'd ever do anything." As for me, I wouldn't know what to say or not say, do or not do. Do I tell him I can't support him anymore? Offer him help? I don't know. I'd probably lean towards the former but hope I could do the latter. Here's one letter a high school friend wrote to him. You can find all the others and the full story here. [30 Mosques via BoingBoing]