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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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How did such a happy looking kid become a terrorist?

Really wealthy kids because even schools in the neighborhood have a hard time organizing expeditions to the mountain.

Why so surprised! This kid is just a victim of fundamentalism, pathetic though.
When bloggers like Njimafor spend their time glamorizing violence, who knows how many youngsters become distracted by such scarecrows?

who said he was a terrorist, we have to be clear with some of these things because what pushes these guys to become terrorists is what formed them to be wht they are today. So if you give fire to a mad man in the market place then don't complain when your shop also takes fire

You just asked my very same question. I am still wondering how he became an "aberrant lad" or terrorist if that is what some prefer. He looks quite happy with his pals in this picture, attending a secondary school which any kid in the world would feel privileged to attend and then going to University College, London, which is one of the highest ranked universities in the world.

Privilege is not everything, I guess.

Oyez and Atchiri,terrorists are mostly people from the higher strung of society.Ben Laden is from a wealthy family,and his Deputy is a good Egyptian medical doctor.The father of this child can be accused of neglect.Sending such young children to live abroad for an extended time span is dangerous.First they become idle because they don't need to worry about money.Secondly,money takes them to high places where they can easily fall into the wrong hands.From Togo to England at that young age all alone is the worst thing that happened to that UFA.This type is fertile ground for al-Qaeda.The absence of the parents creates an emotional void and since al-Qaeda promises virgins in paradise,it is easy to exploit young minds.

Dr Abdullmutalab, the father of this boy worshipped Arabs the way some francophones used to worship or still worship the french. He even took an Arab name. I wonder how he spoke about non-moslems in his house. When he went to UCL, he was exposed to intellectual and highly radicalized Arabs from his socioeconomic class. Maybe he thought he was pleasing daddy by hanging out with these radicals. He only got the old man scared because he already had his 72 virgins and more to spare on earth.

The more important story is that there is no official record of him and his mates in Buea.

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