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7/31/2005

Hussain: “What? Me, a terrorist?”

Filed under: World — Dangerous Dan @ 1:21 pm

Regarding that article about Hussain, compare the following:

Hussain was calm and coherent at a hearing in a Rome prison Saturday, but doesn’t consider himself a terrorist and may be gearing up to fight his extradition to Britain, his court-court appointed lawyer, Antonietta Sonnessa, said.

He doesn’t consider himself a terrorist,” Sonnessa told Italian TV. Asked about what line he took when interrogated, she declined to be specific, but said: “He defended himself with extreme calm, coherence.”

with this:

“Muktar urged us to be careful” La Repubblica quoted Hussain as telling his interrogators. “We didn’t want to kill, just sow terror.”

They wanted to sow terror, but don’t call them terrorists! I don’t buy their line that they didn’t actually intend to kill anybody. That’s the desperate plea of a failed murderer, who because he missed when he shot at his victim, claims that’s proof he wasn’t really trying to kill the person. The four bombers messed up and at least one is now trying to say that it was intentional and they were just trying to scare people. Even if true, this would be incredibly stupid of them. But just to dismiss this excuse consider this eyewitness account:

Although London police have not yet said whether the July 7 attacks were linked to the failed attacks July 21, police chief Ian Blair did say there was a “resonance” between the two.

In the latter attempts, it’s clear at least some of the bombers expected to die — they lay on top of their explosives, which failed to go off.

Abisha Moyo saw one attempted attack on a subway train. He told the Daily Mail newspaper he broke off a cell phone call when he heard a noise like a pistol shot.

“I turned around and there was a man lying on the ground with his arms outstretched in a Jesus Christ position, lying on top of a medium-sized black and green rucksack, face up,” he said. “I thought he might have been shot. I went up to him and said: ‘Are you all right mate?’ But he just ignored me.”

They were expecting to die and they laid on the explosives to make sure vital biological components were sufficiently damaged so as to ensure the result. It also doesn’t take a whole lot of explosives to do major damage and kill others. Consider that these bombs were similar to the 7/7 bombs and what they did. Hussain and company merely screwed up.

Also consider the word-parsing Hussain is doing. He’s trying to define terrorism as when you actually kill somebody, not merely when you try to spread terror. This is absurd on its face, etymologically-speaking and otherwise. If one blows up a locale in which somebody could have been killed, though the explosion is intentionally timed such that nobody is injured, that still makes the person a terrorist. He is trying to inculcate fear in the populace by making them think that this could happen to them. This individual would be a terrorist, but just not a murderer and this is an important distinction. Hussain is a terrorist regardless of his killing intentions, but I believe it’s clear he’s also an attempted murderer.

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Captain Ed notes that Hussain sure went to a lot of trouble to get into and out of the country just for the sake of making a political statement.

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