Thursday, 15 July 2010

Times Square pseudo bomber, gives a pseudo goodbye

It wasn't supposed to be this way. I can hear whispers from across the Atlantic from Faisal Shahzad's jail cell: "I coulda been somebody." Unlike Marlon Brando, Shahzad has no one to blame but himself for the multiple dimensions of his failure.

Shahzad, as you must know by now, attempted to blow up a Nissan Pathfinder in Times Square. I am not sure exactly what happened, but this young man who threw his entire life away in order to join the ranks of the Pakistani Taliban, squandered his opportunity to join the hall-of-fame of self-proclaimed shaheeds or martyrs. He had received $16,000 in capital, training, and other planning materials, yet failed to deliver any return to his terrorist masterminds in Pakistan. I mean, was he not concentrating in the bomb-making class when they taught how to connect the detonator? Either way, New York is lucky that Shahzad's incompetence got in the way of killing civilians. Of course Shahzad still doesn't comprehend that he failed. He confessed to his crimes and plead guilty June 21, declaring:

"I'm going to plead guilty a hundred times over because until the hour the U.S. pulls its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan and stops the drone strikes ... we will be attacking the U.S.," he said. "And I plead guilty to that."
What is really sad for Shahzad is that he has had his so-called confession of a pseudo-terrorist video released while he is still alive, instead of having been released post-mortem (see the video at the bottom of this post). The video was edited down from 40 minutes (probably due to the fact that it is quite boring) and released on Al-Arabiya TV. Some of the highlights of his words include:

  • "Islam will spread and defeat the democracy...and all the schisms and isms will be defeated."
  • "I hope the hearts of the Muslims will be pleased."
  • "This attack will also be a revenge attack for [Baitullah Mehsood]
The video represents the sad mumbling of a confused Pakistani-American youth, whose family originally comes from a village outside Peshawar in Northwest Pakistan. I will write more about this trend in the future, but there are strong sociological and psychological factors that are more individual in nature, which often cause young men like this to join an outfit like the Pakistani Taliban. It is almost a cross between joining the Crips and the Jonestown cult; it fulfills a need for self-confidence, identity and mission, as well as helping young people address what they see as social grievances.

In any case, take a look at Shahzad for yourself:

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