Last February 16, 2012, federal Judge Nancy Edmunds of Federal District Court in Detroit ordered life in prison for a young Nigerian man who turned away from a privileged life and tried to blow up a packed international flight with a bomb concealed in his underwear.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who has said he was on a suicide mission for Al-Qaida, was the same defiant man who four months ago pleaded guilty to all charges related to Northwest Airlines Flight 253. He seemed to relish his mandatory sentence and defended his actions as rooted in the Muslim holy book, the Qur’an.
Abdulmutallab, the 25-year-old, European-educated son of a wealthy banker, told the government that he trained in Yemen under the eye of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical American-born cleric and one of the best-known Al-Qaida figures.
He chose to detonate a bomb on the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight but the device failed and badly burned him. He quickly confessed after he was hauled off the plane.
The judge allowed prosecutors to show a video of the FBI demonstrating the power of the explosive material found in his underwear. As the video played, Abdulmutallab said loudly, “Allah u Akbar,” five times meaning God is great.
It’s really funny but often times disturbing to see people like that who profess their faith and love of god and others declaring that their god loves them or is with while hurting people..
And this is not just the Muslims issue but also with the Christians. Both professing peace.
Call it blind faith or it’s more sinister cousin fanaticism. I know and befriended many of them. They’re not mujaheddin or a medieval crusader, they are just ordinary people like many other. They usually and irresponsibly posts in their social network site accounts how they are loved by god and how blessed they are but that same account or person also bashes others for some whatever reason.
I even know a person who like hurting and playing people’s feelings by being insensitive, arrogant, user or abuser then just resort declaring that god is with her/him or that same person feels blessed. How pathetic, how foolish and how hypocrite they are.
But what can I do? That’s who they really are?
I tried to talked to them but to no avail. They are already blinded by their own clouded and closed mind. For them, there is no other possibility, no options, they are always right. For them it’s not a friendly talk nor advice for a self-check. It’s a confrontation. It’s an attack and they need to defend. They’d walled themselves for any possibility which results them to being irresponsible, insensitive and sometimes violent to others yet same way became hypocrites to themselves.
So in the end, we need to accept the fact that there are people like them. And just let them be. Love them or hate them, but as what I stated above, “That’s who they really are”.
- ‘Underwear Bomber’ Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Gets Life Sentence (ibtimes.com)
- ‘Underwear bomber’ sentenced to life in prison without parole (guardian.co.uk)
- Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab: Nigerian underwear bomber faces life sentence (thegrio.com)
- Underwear bomber begins life term (magickaydiary.wordpress.com)
- Peace, See Ya Later! Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab The Moron “Underwear Bomber” Has Been Sentenced To LIFE In Prison For (bossip.com)