From various accounts emerging about Anwar al-Awlaki, it is quite striking how the radical Yemeni-American imam to both Major Hasan and Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Day bomber, fits almost all the usual 9/11 characteristics that we have both become used to — and become used to hearing derided by the politically correct crowd. Awlaki suffered no poverty, but came from a well-connected, wealthy Yemeni family.
He was born in the U.S. while his father sought an American education. When his radical sympathies were disclosed, we get the usual “that can’t be true” from his former mosque adherents, along with the even more usual apologies along the lines of “if we had only known his proclivities, we of course would have reported him.” And, of course, the “can’t live with them, can’t live without them” pathology fits Awlaki, who like so many radical Middle Eastern Muslims wishes to enjoy the West and yet seems to hate the nourishing culture that excites his passions more quickly than Islam can repress them (Awlaki, in the stereotypical fashion of a radical Muslim in the West, had previously run afoul of the law for soliciting prostitutes).
And the same-old/same-old stuff doesn’t end there, despite the fact that Awlaki was intimate with some of the 9/11 hijackers and was preaching the usual hate-America diatribe. He was stopped for passport fraud, and then let go at JFK on his way back to Yemen. Finally, we have already sent our politically correct judge, jury, executioner hellfires, via the Yemenis, after the American citizen Awlaki. We did not read him his Miranda rights or, heaven forbid, try to interrogate him with “coercive techniques,” just simply wanted to blow up the monster’s house and everything inside it.
In short, we will have to experience a lot more upscale Awlakis until we admit that radical Islam is at war with us for who we are and what we represent rather than any oppression, poverty, or misery Americans purportedly inflict on the world — and are non-uniformed soldiers in an undeclared war rather than felons or “the other” with understandable grievances.