MAYBE THE UNDERWEAR BOMBER WAS LONELY
Posted by Andrew Roman on December 29, 2009
Indeed, this is sad.
I’m not suggesting that anyone in the mainstream media would ever claim that it is in any way acceptable to blow up nearly three-hundred innocents in an airplane with a crotch bomb. I’m not saying that Western journalists would ever condone stuffing one’s shorts with a groin blaster for the purposes of detonating it on a commercial aircraft. After all, even those who live left of center have to acknowledge that a terrorist is a terrorist, right? (Unless, of course, he is a freedom fighter, a Muslim holy warrior, or a jihadist). There are some, however, who may not be so quick to refer to the “Ding-A-Ling-Bomber” as the cold-blooded killer he is without trying to understand what drove him to commit the terrorist act he was about 85% successful in executing on Christmas Day.
You see, in the minds of those charged with reporting the news, it’s too simplistic – too monolithic – to suggest that Islam played the prominent role in this man’s evil deed.
It’s a dangerous trend. Americans are guaranteed to hear words like “alleged” and “suspected” long before they hear “terrorist.”
Think back to the Fort Hood terror attack.
Recall how everything other than Islam was bandied about as the possible motivation behind the murder of thirteen innocents.
It’s no different this time.
It could have been anything that drove Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to his radical undertaking on Flight 253 four days ago.
Was he lonely, perhaps? Could this have been the trigger?
Jon Gambrell of the Associated Press says it appears that way:
Internet postings purportedly written by a Nigerian charged with trying to bomb a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day suggest a fervently religious and lonely young man who fantasized about becoming a Muslim holy warrior.
Throughout more than 300 posts, a user named “Farouk1986” reflects on a growing alienation from his family, his shame over sexual urges and his hopes that a “great jihad” will take place across the world.
Those posts, beginning in 2005, show a teenager looking for a new life outside his boarding school and wealthy Nigerian family.
Most of all, they paint a portrait of someone who seems lost and needs someone to hear him.
After reading that, I can’t help but blame the non-Islamic portion of the planet for what Abdulmutallab did .
After all, it takes a village to build a terrorist.
Why couldn’t someone – anyone – take time out of his or her busy life to simply hear him? I’m sure he was a great guy otherwise. (Where’s Dr. Phil when you need him?)
If only there were more licensed therapists assigned to terror cells, perhaps through a central planning office, people like Abdulmutallab wouldn’t have felt so isolated, so alone, so prone to mass murdering people on a plane with an underwear bomb.
People think it’s all virgins and salvation, but it’s no picnic being a terrorist.
In another posting, Farouk1986 describes how alone he feels and acknowledges feeling lust, chastising himself for not lowering his gaze around unveiled women. At another point, he warns how “the hair of a woman can easily arouse a man.” He writes that he was considering getting married at 18, as his family “could help me financially.” Abdulmutallab’s father is a prominent Nigerian banker, but nothing apparently came of his marriage wishes.
No wonder he brought an underpants blaster onto an America-bound airplane. It all makes sense now.
I need to stop being so amazed at the level of inanity that exists in so many of the things I read.
Honestly, why in hell is this AP story necessary?
What is its purpose?
To make human excrement more palatable? To take us on a fascinating journey into the mind of a murderous thug? To tug on our heart strings?
And where is the word “terrorist” in this story?