To review, a car bomb designed to blow up in the middle of Time Square on a busy Saturday failed to explode when its two alarm clock detonators were set twelve hours off. The car was found the following day and the bomb defused. Initial reactions from the press ascribed many possible motivations for the bomb left parked in Time Square, but curiously lacking in the possibilities considered were concerns over whether it may have represented a Muslim terrorist attack.
First we were told they were looking for a white guy in his forties. Then it was an angry white guy who we were confident had acted alone. With a little coaxing from Katie Couric, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg famously chimed in,
"If I had to guess 25 cents, this would be exactly that, somebody- a home-grown, maybe a mentally deranged person or somebody with a political agenda that doesn't like the health care bill or something. It could be anything."As more information became available, the press described him as a Connecticut man, and noted that he was well educated. Then he was an american-immigrant that seemed to have been establishing himself in our society and was making his way. His work as a budget analyst had recently been interrupted by a lengthy stay out of the country, but what of it? The fact that he was late on his home mortgage payments was advanced as a possible motive for his act of intended violence. By this point people like you and I were thinking "Oh give me a break!" Two days later, Shahzad was arrested after being removed from a plane bound for Dubai at John F. Kennedy airport.
Yesterdays sentencing made just how far off the beam the instinctive reaction of the left really was:
Shahzad was calm and controlled but defiant and unremorseful. He asked to make a five minute statement before being sentenced.That suffering plea gets a lot of play in the minds of the media and lefties in general. How much suffering does his people inflict upon his people? Was it not Saudi Arabian religious law officers that forced school girls to die in a burning school house because they did not have the proper head scarves in place? Do not Muslims routinely blow up other Muslims in various market place attacks? No tears from Shahzad about any of that.
"This is my whole life and I will sacrifice it one thousand times for Allah. Muslims don't abide by any other laws because those laws are corrupt. We only believe in Shariah law. How can I be judged by a judge that doesn't understand the suffering of my people?"
"We don't accept your democracy or your freedom because we already have shariah law and freedom. The war with Muslims has just begun. The defeat of the US is imminent."The good judge seems a tad slow here. Why didn't she just ask Faisal about the home loan late payments the press was so sure was the reason for his discontent.
Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum interrupted his statement and asked when he became a naturalized American?
"April of last year" replied Shahzad.
The Judge then asked whether he swore allegiance and he said, "I didn't mean it." The judge continued, "You took a false oath?"
"Yes," he said.
"Faisal, am I to understand that you never had any intention of making those back mortgage payments? You were just gonna stiff the bank?
Shahzad didn't stop there, he kept going,
"the past nine years, the wars against Muslims hasn't achieved anything. We want to defend and if nothing changes we will keep terrorism. We will defeat you with time." And he concluded with "My last message, there is only one God... Embrace Islam and become Muslim."Mr. Shazad had told investigators that he had received bomb-making training from the Taliban in Pakistan, which he said had funded the attempted bombing. He thought the bomb would kill at least forty people. He claimed he had planned a second bombing to go off at an undisclosed location in New York for two weeks later.
After Shahzad finished his statement, Judge Cedarbaum read out the counts.
"Count one and two life in prison," she said.
In response to this Shahzad cried out "Allahu Akbar."
The judged then said, "I understand you welcome that."
"My sentence is only the limit God has set for me... and you all will face your destiny in the hereafter."
Nice guy, that Faisal Shahzad.
Faisal ended up being sentenced to six consecutive life sentences.
I think the bank can pretty much forget about those mortgage payments.