Yet again we see the protestations that a violent mujahid is really a capital fellow, peaceful and devout, doncha know. Hardly a jihadist has been arrested who hasn’t been thus praised by his family and friends. “‘He Was Such a Nice Boy,'” from Der Spiegel, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
Zacarias Moussaoui is the first suspect charged with complicity in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He pleaded guilty in April 2005. But his mother, who hasn’t spoken to him for years, insists he is innocent.
Aicha el-Wafi…: “All he’s done is talk, and no one can be condemned to death for that.”
He looks dreamily into the camera, smiling timidly, a lanky boy in a red T-shirt, with peach fuzz on his upper lip. The photograph of Zacarias Moussaoui at age 14 stands on a coffee table next to his mother’s couch, fixed in a gold frame. A bouquet of red roses lies next to it.
“He was such a nice boy, a gentle boy,” says his mother, Aicha el-Wafi. “But that’s just the problem. He couldn’t stand being called a dirty Arab on the street. That’s how it started.”
Yes, of course, it’s all because of racism. What racism, incidentally, fueled the jihad wars of the great Islamic empires of the past?
Read it all.