Let’s see. Osama bin Laden was his hero. Hmmm. We may be getting warmer. “I don’t know what made my son become suicide bomber,” from the Yorkshire Post, with thanks to Bryce:
THE father of Yorkshire suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer has spoken for the first time about the “terrible act” his son committed on July 7.
Mohammed Mumtaz Tanweer, 56, from Beeston in Leeds, said he and his family were still mystified by his son’s motivation.
Mr Tanweer, a Pakistan-born businessman who ran South Leeds Fisheries in Beeston, was speaking after he had taken the remains of his son to Pakistan for burial last week in the family’s home village.
The 22-year-old, the first bomber to be buried, killed himself and seven others when he detonated a rucksack bomb at Aldgate station.
Mr Tanweer, in his first interview since the terror attacks, said: “All the bombings and killings were awful. Only the group of four (bombers) or God alone knows why they carried out this terrible act.”
He does not know how his son — who looked upon Osama bin Laden as his hero — could have become a terrorist.
“As far as I can understand, my son was more British in his orientation than anything else,” said Mr Tanweer. “He has planned his career in sport. Even on the night before he died, he was playing cricket.”
Why not? The idea that jihadists reject out of hand anything Western has been disproven again and again. One can play cricket and hold to the jihad ideology. It is time to realize such elementary points.