ON HIS last visit to relatives in Pakistan this year, one of the London bombers, Shehzad Tanweer, boasted of wanting to die in a revenge attack over the way Muslims are treated.When the media hypes up and exaggerates stories of abuses of Muslims in American prisons, they are inflaming the minds of those who want to kill us. Perhaps if the media spent half as much time writing stories about how Muslims abuse Muslims in places like Syria, Saudia Arabia, etc. some of these young men will begin to realize that their enemy is not Britain or the United States but their own Muslim leaders. But it's always easier to blame Israel, America, or Britain than your own societies.
While his family in Leeds had no idea about his suicide mission, Tanweer confessed to his cousin his ambition to become a “holy warrior”. At his father’s home village 30 miles from Faisalabad, Mohammad Saleem described yesterday how Tanweer, 22, hero-worshipped Osama bin Laden.
Mr Saleem supported his cousin’s bombing at Aldgate station which killed seven people, saying: “Whatever he has done, if he has done it, then he has done right.” He recalled how Tanweer argued with family and friends about the need for violent retaliation over US abuse of Muslim prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.
....“He knew that excesses are being done to Muslims. Incidents like desecration of the Koran have always been in his mind.”
Sunday, July 24, 2005
When you have a society in which a young man can listen to his cousin yearn to do a suicide mission to kill civilians and not think anything is wrong with that, you have a problem.
Posted by Betsy Newmark at 8:30 AM