Sunday, November 15, 2009

NYTimes Paints Khalid Shaikh Mohammed As A Victim; What a Surprise.

"Portrait of 9/11 'Jackal' Emerges as He Waits Trial" by Mark Mazzetti is a sympathetic piece from the very first sentence:
"Not long after he was rousted from bed and seized in a predawn raid in Pakistan in March 2003, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed gave his captors two demands: He wanted a lawyer, and he wanted to be taken to New York."
Poor Mr. Mohammed was stolen from his cozy mat in the middle of the night; how tragic for him. The military ought to consider sending warnings to future terrorist targets before they seize them.

Apparently, Mohammed has been overly boastful of his role in the al Qaeda network. He was never really the brains behind any operations (though he did have several ideas which were rejected as impractical by bin Laden); however, he was the one willing to "actually [get] the job done." In fact, he:
"is still considered somewhat of an outcast inside the terrorist network, rarely if ever mentioned in public pronouncements by Mr. bin Laden or his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri."
Mohammed is a self-proclaimed terrorist. He brags about the role he played in assassination conspiracies against Pope John Paul II and former President Bill Clinton. In 1996 he had an idea to hijack 10 planes and hit civilian targets in the U.S.
"But demonstrating his tendency toward grandiosity, he overstated his role in many of the attacks, most terrorism experts believe, although they do not dispute his central role in planning the Sept. 11 attacks."

I'm getting a "he really only had a role in planning 9-11, plus he was waterboarded 183 times, and he's not really that big of an al Qaeda target, so maybe we should go easy on him because he wasn't taken seriously by his employer even though all he ever wanted to do was make a name for himself" vibe.

Is the guy who wrote this serious? Why is there ANY sympathy for a guy who wants nothing but to destroy American lives? Thank you, liberals, for once again forgetting about the real victims.


life insurance broker Canada said...

Well, it doesn't matter what his actual role was - I think that whoever was somehow connected to this plan deserves nothing better but the death sentence. And defending this person? The writer couldn't be serious. Lorne

Teresa said...

He deserves the death penalty. I am so sick of these liberals trying to make victims out of the enemy. Khalid aided in the mass murder of 3000 innocent lives and deserves the death penalty without a show trial which is what's going to occur in New York.

life insurance broker Canada said...

Actually some are still not even convinced about Mohammed being to blame for the attacks - that's all because of the confession given after the torture. But according to the unclassified report I read, there is much more evidence than that. Lorne