“This a good family. The father is an engineer at Intel. This is not somebody who is on public assistance. He is a family man, a businessman, a religious man, a soccer player.”
The thrust of her column was that the FBI received help from the Muslim community in discovering the wannabee Christmas tree bomber in Portland. I seemed to recall a similar storyline around another wannabee member of the Red Spray Brigade nicknamed the "Crotch Bomber."
Sources tell CBS News "The Nigerian" has now turned out to be Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. But that connection was not made when Abudulmutallab's father went to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria three months later, on November 19, 2009. It was then he expressed deep concerns to a CIA officer about his son's ties to extremists in Yemen, a hotbed of al Qaeda activity.
So far what we do know is that neither of these jihadists came from poor or underprivileged backgrounds, the Portland bombers dad was an engineer at Intel and the Crotch Bomber's dad was the head of several banks in Africa. The Christmas tree bomber was attending college in Oregon and the Crotch Bomber was studying mechanical engineering in England while living in an upscale apartment, so we can throw out all of the crushing poverty and living under oppression cliches and stereotypes that leftists love to use to justify these types of acts.
So what appears to be developing is a common thread of a generational gap within the Muslim community. It seems to be some sort generation hopping going on. The old hardliners trying to hold on to the glory days of the caliphate seem to have an appeal to the younger generation while a middle generation seems to have been largely unaffected by this fascination with jihad, but even that characterization is too simplistic in light of the group of 9/11 terrorists. I however am not ready to jump on the love for all things Muslim because of a couple of cases where family members alerted authorities about the possible radicalization of their offspring. For each case like this there are literally hundreds of cases of where the Muslim community closes ranks and harbors those among them who wish to pursue their dreams of jihad.
Oh and to show just how rambling I can be, what sparked my interest in this column was the statement from the article in which the person quoted, to try and show what a good family the jihadist came from, had to mention that he was not on public assistance. Not sure what that has to do with anything but if I was Ms Tucker she might want to see what the Muslim community has against folks on public assistance since a large part of the audience that she aims her columns at do receive public assistance. One of the largest talking points of the radical Hezbollah party is all of the great and wonderful public service projects they do in an attempt to divert attention from their stated goal of wiping Israel off the map. Half of the Muslim world subsists on some sort of government assistance, whether supplied by the UN, gullible western countries or their own installed royalty.
Sorry Cynthia, I will remain in the camp that believes the only Muslim I am going to hug is the one I am trying to give the TSA treatment to.