The Christmas Day bomber, Abdu Mudallad’s failed attack on Northwest’s
Flight 253, makes us thankful that his plot was foiled by alert
passengers, but shows that security in the U.S. is also a failure at
critical times. Abdul Mudallad was known to be a threat, with possible
al-Qaeda ties, for at least two years, was on a federal “watch list”
but not on the “no-fly list.” Would anything have made a difference?
Mudallad boarded the flight in Amsterdam with explosives strapped to
his leg. See Update 12-27-09 below.
I can’t get through airport security if the jewelry in my purse is wrapped in a dark velvet bag. How was this man
allowed to board, and what is going on in the city of Amsterdam – a
city with at least a population of 13% Muslims and the home to one of
the most radical mosques in the country, Tawheed mosque, in the the
Old-West section of the city?
In 2006, the
Netherlands’ Minister of Justice suggested that Islamic Shari’a law be
constitutionally adopted in the country, and a poll in the same year
found that 68% of the citizens felt threatened by “immigrant or Muslim
young people.” Almost as many feared a terrorist attack by Muslims and
a very astute 47% believed that if some action was not taken, they
would eventually have to live according to Islamic rule in the
Netherlands. Obviously the Justice Minister’s idea of a good proposal
for life in the Netherlands was shouted down.
the 2004 murder of Theo van Gogh the country conducted an inquiry into
the radicalization of young Muslims. The usual findings surfaced: a
feeling of alienation, disconnectedness with their first-generation
immigrant parents and no shared feeling of patriotism for their own
country was prevalent. Obviously, immigrant parents do a miserable job
of helping their child integrate, and feel gratitude for the liberty
their friends and relatives are denied in Islamic lands, and in many
cases, we have seen parents who push their children into jihadist
fervor – I’m just guessing, but probably to alleviate their own guilt
for living among the democratic. Having said that, there are rumors that Mutallad’s father’s report him to U.S. authorities six months ago!!! More on that as available.
Had the bomber been successful in blowing the plane in it’s descent, imagine the catastrophe. While the loss of 298 passengers would have been horrific, think of the catapulting, flame engulfed monstrosity barreling into the Detroit airport, or into nearby neighborhoods or both. Think of the flying debris raining down onto highways. If, within a city
like Amsterdam, we cannot be assured that explosives will be
absent the leg of any traveler, what are we to do? This man, Abdul
Mudallad, was granted a U.S. visa in June 2008, good through June 12th
of 2010. The world is in a mess because we refuse to face our future.
Photo of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, courtesy of Reuters (an undated photo)
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (Abdul Matallad) was officially charged with trying to blow up the Northwest airliner on Christmas Day – placing a destructive device on Flight 253.
The video below reports that a wall of the plane was on fire.
The egregious Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano believes
this attempted bombing has no connection to a wider plan of attacks on
the U.S. – displaying here long-held belief that accusations of
terrorism are offensive to the worldview.
Abdulmutallab’s father, Umaru Mutallab, says he reported his son to the
American Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria because he feared his son had been
For details on the attempted bombing, read:
Noteworthy News on Abdulmutallab: Eric Holder’s Federal not Military Court
Other Airline Terrorists:
Shoe Bomber Richard Reid Wins: Terrorism and Jihad wins