The name of the alleged perpetrator of the New York, Times Square bombing
plot had barely hit the news headlines, when Muslim "leaders" began
voicing the usual platitudes.
"Muslims Welcome Arrest in Times Square Bomb Plot" -- from the
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
"MPAC Commends Law Enforcement's Swift Action to Apprehend Suspected Times
Square Plotter" -- from the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).
"ISNA Commends Efforts of Law Enforcement, Condemns Attempted Bombing at
Times Square, and Lauds Alert Citizens" -- from the Islamic Society of North
If indeed the alleged perpetrator, Faisal Shahzad, 30 -- who was taken into
custody at Kennedy Airport on board an Emirates flight to Dubai -- is guilty
of the Times Square plot, did Muslim "community leaders" stop to ask,
Apparently not, and neither did the news media, despite nonstop coverage of
the event for several days.
Assuming, for the purpose of argument only, that Shahzad is guilty as
charged, why did he do it?
Was the preemptive war on Iraq to find nonexistent weapons of mass
destrutction, where more
than one million Muslims have been killed by US forces, a factor in why
Shahzad made the crude attempt to blow up his rigged van?
Was the unlawful war on Afghanistan (it was not authorized by the UN
Security Council, and to this day the US FBI has not charged Bin Laden with the
September 11, 2001 attack on the US), where countless more Muslims have been
killed, a factor?
Was the undeclared, unlawful, but very obvious war on Pakistan, where
hundreds of Muslims have been killed by drones and US special forces, a
Muslim leaders, never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity, failed
to ask the all important, "why".
The Sunday London Times reported that Aliou Niasse, a street vendor selling
framed photographs of New York, saw the "car containing the bomb, which
pulled up right in front of his cart on the corner of 45th street and
Broadway next to the Marriott hotel." Said Niasse:
I didn't see the car pull up or notice the driver because I was
busy with customers. But when I looked up I saw that smoke appeared to be
coming from the car. This would have been around 6.30pm.
I thought I should call 911, but my English is not very good and I had no
credit left on my phone, so I walked over to Lance, who has the T-shirt
stall next to mine, and told him. He said we shouldn't[sic] call 911.
Immediately he alerted a police officer near by.
Shahzad was charged with "terrorism and attempting to use a weapon of mass
Does this mean that the US will now launch preemptive strikes on states
capable of rigging vans to explode?
While every item of information on the Times Square plot was meticulously
examined by the US news media (except for "why"), the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference, being held at the United Nations
in New York, received less critical examination.
Just in case you're wondering, of course we're opposed to violence, and "terrorism".
The path to lasting peace and security goes through truth, justice, and
[By Occam's razor, the simplest explanation is usually the right one.
Looking at America's wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, Maj. Hasan,
Abdulmutallab, and Shahzad decided that what we call the war on terror was
in reality a war on Islam.--Patrick J. Buchanan, "Is
the War Coming Home?," antiwar.com, May 10, 2010]
[If we want Times Square to be safer from terrorists, we need to start by
helping make Pakistan safer as well.--Nicholas Kristof, "Pakistan
and Times Sq.," New York Times, May 12, 2010]
[According to the ISI leak, the Times Square terror plot was a "false flag
operation to implicate the Pakistani Taliban and then threaten and force
Pakistan to 'do more' in North Waziristan". This was followed by "a massive
media disinformation war" to induce the belief that "all global terrorism is
emerging from the Pakistani tribal pocket of North Waziristan, and that the
ISI/army is either hands and gloves with the Taliban or not willing to do
more"--Maidhc O Cathail, "Framing Pakistan:
how the pro-Israel media enables India's surrogate warfare,"
Redress, May 27, 2010]
[I want to plead guilty, and I'm going to plead guilty 100 times over,
because until the hour the U.S. pulls its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan,
and stops the drone strikes in Somalia and Yemen and in Pakistan, and stops
the occupation of Muslim lands, and stops killing the Muslims, and stops
reporting the Muslims to its government, we will be attacking U.S., and I
plead guilty to that.--Michael Moore, "Juan Williams Is Right -- Political Correctness About
Terrorists Must End!," huffingtonpost.com, October 25, 2010]