Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Beware of Modest Suburbanites

London police have identified the subway bombers, according to news reports.

Four suicide bombers, at least three of them British, were responsible for the explosions that killed more than 50 people in London, senior security sources said last night.

"British" refers not to ancestry but to nationality, i.e. place of birth.
The three were all thought to be of Pakistani ethnic origin and said by neighbours to have lived modest suburban lives in West Yorkshire.
Can you say "growing climate of fear and suspicion"?

One has yet to be identified, while the others were not known to police or the intelligence services as terrorist suspects.

One was the son of a fish and chip shop owner. Another was only 18 years old and was reported missing by his worried parents at 10pm on the day of the bombings.

Young and impressionable.
Police said the bombers made a rendezvous somewhere outside London last Thursday morning, travelled together to King's Cross Thameslink station wearing large military-style rucksacks containing 10lb high-explosive bombs and split up to attack their assigned targets.
So "large military-style rucksacks" are going to be banned next, no doubt.

Neighbours identified the bomber reported missing by his family as Hasib Hussain, of Holbeck, Leeds. Police say he died on the bus.

Detectives were examining the possibility that he either panicked or changed his mind over the suicide mission and carried his bomb on to the bus. It might have gone off accidentally or he could have set it off, perhaps after being challenged by passengers.

I suspected as much. Not only is/was this guy a murderous arsehole, but a coward and an idiot to boot.

The Liverpool Street bomber is believed to have been Shehzad Tanweer, 22, the son of Mohammed Mumtaz Tanweer, a fish and chip shop owner in Beeston, Leeds.

Friends said Shehzad Tanweer was a keen cricketer and "a good Muslim" and expressed disbelief that he could have been involved in England's worst terrorist attack.

Unfortunately, in the eyes of people like Zarqawi and Bin Laden, "a good Muslim" is just the sort of person who would be involved in a terrorist attack like this. People are at their most impressionable in terms of worldview when they are in their late teens and early twenties. They probably thought/think of Osama Bin Laden as being a really cool guy. That type of political expression often takes the form of violence. The motivation behind the bombing has as much to do with the bombers' ages as it does with their religion.

Which is all the more reason to hunt down and wipe out terrorist leaders like the aforementioned Zarqawi and Bin Laden. These guys are essentially cult leaders representing an extremist wing of a major world religion. The sooner we get rid of them, the fewer young Muslims will be swayed by their calls to murder and devastation.

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