If an Islamic jihadist in Kansas had gotten his way, jihad would have struck again in America on Friday. Instead, Terry Lee Loewen, an avionics technician at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport, was arrested that morning as he tried to drive a van that he thought was full of high explosives onto the tarmac at that airport, where he was planning to trigger it, causing what he hoped would be (as he put it in a letter to his wife) "maximum carnage + death."
Loewen wanted this to be yet another jihad mass murder attack on American soil, in which he would be, as he wrote in the same letter, "martyred in the path of Allah." In this and other statements, Loewen made his motivations absolutely clear.
He said that he wanted to "commit an act of violent jihad on behalf of al Qaeda" against the United States, even though he himself is an American: like many other converts to Islam who turn to jihad, his conversion signaled his rejection of his nation and people as Infidel, and his loyalty given instead to the supranational Islamic umma.