More than anything, if they could sit down with AbdulMutallab they would simply ask: Why? How did a young man who grew up with privilege, education and exposure to the greater world end up accused of attempting a terrorist attack? ...Why? Sorry, this is not a serious question in 2010. It is not asked by informed people. Let's revisit what I posted in 2004: No one can run from the fight.
Melinda Dennis, 31, was sitting about an arm's length from AbdulMutallab when he was taken up to first class after the incident. She stared at him, and his blank expression. Now she says she'd rather speak to others considering the path he is accused of taking.
"No matter what nationality we are or religion we choose, we are still people. I am a human being, a person that faces each day trying to make myself better and enrich the lives of people who know me," said Dennis, who's lived the past year-and-a-half in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where she works as a manufacturing project manager. "Whether I live or die should not be decided on the whim of a person that wishes to brand all Americans as evil people. I am not defined by my nationality, but I believe in the goodness that resides in the people of every country."
I posted two days ago about Muslims in Europe: Euro-Muslims calling for jihad there. One of the Muslim clerics concerned, Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad of London, calls his group, "al Qaeda Europe." Saying attacks there are inevitable, he explained their targeting rationale:There's no safe rear area in this war. Your own vision of yourself as a good, understanding, tolerant, loving man or woman who works for the good of all - means nothing. Your life is worthless to Islamist terrorists. You are not a "good" American to them. You are their enemy. And they will settle for bombing an airliner only because they have not yet the means to kill four million of you.
"We don't make a distinction between civilians and non-civilians, innocents and non-innocents. Only between Muslims and unbelievers. And the life of an unbeliever has no value. It has no sanctity."I would hope that from this rhetoric that the appeasers of the Western Left would learn a very fundamental lesson: they and the most hardcore American neocon are alike lumpen infidel to the Islamofascists. Liberal, conservative, progressive, reactionary, Democrat, Republican, Christian, Jew, agnostic, Mets fan or Yankees, businessman, farmer, whatever: Islamofascists have one label for us all: "infidel enemy."
That's why you are their target. Understand that.