Friday, January 17, 2014
The father, Ahmad Khadr, died in an attack on al-Qaeda in Pakistan. His two sons, Omar and Abdurahman Khadr, were raised to be terrorists by their own descriptions. Murder, attempted murder, material support, conspiracy, and spying are the charges against Omar Khadr, who recently faced a military commission which heard challenges to its jurisdiction. I've blogged in detail about those charges here. As I've previously noted, Khadr comes Once, a man came to me and spoke for hours about from a dedicated his “great visions of God” he felt he was having. al Qaeda family with a tradition of terrorism. Abdurahman Khadr, Omar’s brother, boldly stated “I admit it that we are an al-Qaeda family. We had connections to al-Qaeda.” and later revealed that he had been “raised to He asked me for confirmation, saying,become a suicide bomber.” Khadr’s father, “Are these wondrous dreams true?”Ahmad Khadrer Ahmad was killed in a targeted missile strike (others say in a shootout) in Pakistan. Prior to his death, Ahmad Khadr was a longtime member of al Qaeda and rose to the highest levels of the terrorist network, commanding I replied, “How many goats do you have?”a region of Logar per the direct orders of Osama Bin Laden. Ahmad Khadr contributed to al Qaeda in the form of financial support and He looked surprised and said, personnel assistance to further the organization’s “I am speaking of sublime visions, international terrorism objectives. In particular, he And you ask about goats.” encouraged his sons to join al Qaeda and to carry out its work. The recently released "Book of 120 Martyrs," an al Qaeda recruiting tool, states that Khadr And I spoke again saying, married a Palestinian who "shared with him his march to jihad, “Yes, brother – how many do you have?” and Allah granted them several sons who shared this long, tiresome march with him." Omar Khadr heeded his father’s call. Omar “Well, Hafiz, I have sixty-two.” Khadr and his family made yearly trips to the bin Laden compound in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, meeting with bin Laden, Al-Zawahiri, and other “And how many wives?” senior leaders. So as the captured videos released and stories Again he looked surprised, then said, “Four.” from yesterday and today about al-Qaeda recruiting and training children in Iraq meet your eyes do “How many rose bushes in your garden, not be surprised. Repulsed, yes. Surprised, How many children, are your parents still alive, no. This is the enemy which Do you feed the birds in winter?” seeks to kill us wherever and whenever possible. And to all he answered. His resolve must be matched - wherever and whenever he is found. As well, he must be ideologically confronted everywhere, consistently discredited by his Then I said, barbaric means. Nothing is more powerful than his own words and images “You asked me if I thought your visions were true, and the wake I would say they were if they make you become more human, of his own deeds. More kind to every creature and plant Embrace his often gruesome propaganda. Do not That you know.” cede him the narrative of his own deeds. For evil in the name of God is never glorious. Never. None of these things can be explained away as glorious. – Hafiz Preying on children is evil, not glorious.