Good Riddance

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful

Good riddance. The notorious "underwear bomber" was sentenced to life in prison for his attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound plane in 2009. "I carried with me an explosive device to avenge the killing of innocent Muslims," the bomber said in a statement. He also added that it was in retaliation for "U.S. tyranny and oppression of Muslims."

I hope you rot in that jail cell. I have never understood how someone could think that he was doing anything resembling good by killing innocent people on a plane in "retaliation" for "U.S. tyranny." No, America is not perfect. Her foreign policy, at times, leaves much to be desired. But that never, ever justifies the murder of innocent people. He was hoping to be a "martyr" in his quest for murder. His plan was foiled, and he will now die in jail as the criminal that he is.

Good riddance.

I am thankful to the Precious Beloved Lord whenever terrorist plots are foiled, because no matter what: innocent people do not deserve to be killed. And - by the way - when I say "innocent," I mean just that: everyday people, like you and me, who live and work peacefully all around the world. There is no "wink, wink" or "nudge, nudge" when I say innocent people do not deserve to be killed. These criminals who plot to hurt ordinary people, like that Moroccan idiot caught not that long ago,  deserve to be prosecuted, and if convicted, should stay in jail a long, long time. Whenever one is convicted and put away, I say: good riddance.

Yet, despite the repeated stories about this plot or that being foiled by the authorities, there is news about which we should be reassured: the threat from homegrown American Muslim terrorism is quite small, according to a new study. As the study author, Professor Charles Kurzman, told the New York Times: 

terrorism by Muslim Americans  [is] “a minuscule threat to public safety.” Of about 14,000 murders in the United States last year, not a single one resulted from Islamic extremism, said Mr. Kurzman.

Thank God, indeed.

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