Wherever Muslims live, however assimilated they may seem, the eternal jihad calls to them
Ten years ago, Omar Hammami was the president of the sophomore class of his high school in Daphne, Alabama and a popular boy. As Andrea Elliott tells it in the New York Times Magazine:
Despite the name he acquired from his father, an immigrant from Syria, Hammami was every bit as Alabaman as his mother, a warm, plain-spoken woman who sprinkles her conversation with blandishments like “sugar” and “darlin’.” Brought up a Southern Baptist, Omar went to Bible camp as a boy and sang “Away in a Manger” on Christmas Eve. As a teenager, his passions veered between Shakespeare and Kurt Cobain, soccer and Nintendo. In the thick of his adolescence, he was fearless, raucously funny, rebellious, contrarian. “It felt cool just to be with him,” his best friend at the time, Trey Gunter, said recently. “You knew he was going to be a leader.”There have of course been several well-publicized cases in which American-born children of Muslim immigrants have turned into jihadists. It is therefore a predictable phenomenon. But Andrea Elliot calls the transformation of the American teenager Omar Hammami into a jihad warrior “unimaginable.” Being a liberal means never having to say you got it.
A female reader writes:
Thank you. Your blogs are always enlightening. (And I just used your last sentence in a discussion with a very liberal acquaintance.)Rick U., who sent the article, writes:
The article either omits or does a very poor job of tracking Hammami’s mental trek into Jihad. The author frames it as though it’s a secondary notion throughout the piece, and when there is opportunity to delve into the dynamic she moves along to the next part of the story. Only at the tragic end does the family absorb the shocking news that Hammami is a Jihadist. I suppose it’s the standard “see no evil in Islam” journalistic groupthink. In this way, the media can label this as another instance of “home grown terrorist” and never question it further. Nothing new here, move along please.Robert in Nashville writes:
An excellent example Lawrence. As you have pointed out, behavior due to actual differences between peoples are outside of the universe of possible explanations, to the liberal mind. Therefore, not only the Fort Hood Jihadist, but this young Moslem’s actions as well, must be due to some inexplicable factor other than his Moslem religion—even if the killer himself identifies Islam as compelling his behavior.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 30, 2010 01:07 PM | Send