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Marriage Turned Shahzad Into A Radical

From ABC News:

Alleged Times Square Bomber: How Did it Come to This?

Faizal Shahzad Went From a Simple Small Town Youth to Being Accused of Attempting to Blow up the Crossroads of the World


May 5, 2010—Since the arrest of Faizal Shahzad in connection with the attempted car bombing of Times Square, one question has loomed large: What was the turning point that transformed him into an alleged terrorist?

ABC News traveled to Peshawar, Pakistan, to speak with his acquaintances and find the beginning of the trail to a potential bombing.

In the simple village of Mohib Banda, a small town in Peshawar, Faizal Shahzad stood out.

He was from what was by local standards a wealthy family, as his father was a senior officer in the Pakistan air force. Friends describe a young Faizal as a "mama’s boy" who hated violence.

This morning, ABC News met his cousin, who told us the same things Shehzad’s neighbors in Connecticut have been telling authorities and the media.

"I can’t believe he could have done such a thing," he told us. "He wasn’t that type of person."

His family was apparently not religious. Family friends say they were never seen praying.

When Faisal Shazad grew older, his family moved into a house in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Peshawar. They are a professional, educated family. Friends say two of his siblings moved to Canada, and one of his sisters is a doctor.

Shahzad moved to the United States 11 years ago, and in 2004, he married a Pakistani-American woman with a degree in business. But, at some point after his innocent youth and marriage, according to people who knew him in Pakistan, he turned.

Villagers in Mohib Banda told ABC News, "before his marriage he was liberal, even cosmopolitan. After, he changed."

Could it not be that Mr. Shahzad felt confident that he was going to get his American citizenship once he was married to an American citizen?

Though, it could also be that in 2004 the United States began to use drones to attack Waziristan.

This change also turned him against the United States of America, people who knew him said.

"We talked about the American policies toward Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan," a childhood friend of Shahzad, Nasir Khan, told ABC News. "He was very much angry at that."

By the time he left Pakistan less than three months ago, U.S. officials said, Shahzad had already decided to attack the country that only last year granted him citizenship.

We suspect that Mr. Shahzad had plans to attack United States long before that. And that he was just biding his time until he got his citizenship papers.

By the way, note how most of the theorizing about Mr. Shahzad’s motives avoids any mention of Islam. Or, as in this article, they claim he was not religious.

But if the Shahzads were not religious, why did his wife wear Muslim clothing?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 6th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Marriage Turned Shahzad Into A Radical”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    Boy, they sure do go out of their way to avoid saying he was any sort of Muslim.

    From Pakistan? ✓
    From a radical part of Pakistan? ✓
    Wife wears traditional Muslim clothing? ✓
    Father was military man? ✓
    Angry at the U.S. over it’s foreign policy? ✓
    Hated our elected leaders? ✓
    Went to Pakistan 13 different times? ✓
    Arab man between the ages of 18-35? ✓
    Admitted to getting terrorist training while in Pakistan? ✓

    Gee, it just doesn’t add up? He CAN’T be a Muslim extremist. We had “The-Tea-Party-Members-Are-Terrorists” template already typed up and typed into the television scroll bar! Now we have to market this thing as something else? DANG IT!

    • proreason says:

      Unexplained source of cash money? ✓
      Wife wears a burka? ✓
      Spent 5 months in Pakistan shortly after naturalization? ✓
      Abandoned home? ✓
      Send wife to Pakistan? ✓
      Treid to go to Afghanistan to fight, but father wouldn’t let him go? ✓
      Came to US after jihad heated up in early 90’s? ✓
      Multiple calls to Pakistan on day of crime? ✓

      As you say Mith, it’s pretty obvious he was disgruntled with his mortgage company.

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