It was a happy day for Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomber who tried to blow up a Nissan Pathfinder in New York City in May. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Tuesday, and he could not have been more pleased with the punishment. According to businessweek.com, Shahzad smiled and said, “I am happy with the deal God has given me.”
It is this kind of blatant, unaffected attitude that poses a problem for the United States. Shahzad said that his acts of terrorism are just the beginning of the war with Muslims. Even though he became a naturalized U.S. citizen, he says that he never believed in the oath that he took. Is this what we’re up against? A whole army of people who care not about the lives of others but of their “right to defend” (businessweek.com)? What is it, exactly, that they are defending against?
The last time I checked, it was the United States of America being attacked, not the other way around. If anyone should be defending themselves, it surely should be us. Shahzad said to “brace yourself” for the ensuing war with Muslims. What is the point of such a war? Why can’t Muslims stay where they are and practice their religion, and Americans stay where we are and practice whatever denomination we choose? We aren’t the ones who took it upon ourselves to crash our planes into other countries to prove a religious point. When we are attacked, we attack back. It’s really that simple.
But, somehow, the whole thing has been turned into a war of epic proportions. And, the worse kind of terror is the kind where the people behind it are fearless and careless. People have long felt that the terror on us is not done. Yes, there are attempted attacks here and there, but it feels like something is brewing. And, it has felt that way for a while. It doesn’t matter how much intelligence we think we have, the bad guys always know how to outfox the good guys. And, it sounds like that’s exactly what’s happening.
Shahzad is essentially admitting as much. If he knows something that we don’t know, we’re in for a bumpy ride. And, it seems like there should be a harsher punishment for someone who has conceded his own plot without remorse. A lifetime in prison is not enough. Nothing will ever be enough to stop people like him.
Patricia Hurtado and Bob Van Voris, “Times Square Bomber Faisal Shahzad Gets Life in Prison”, Businessweek