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The Paternal Position

Alhaji Umaru Mutallab is a remarkable man. He’s the father of the “Christmas Day terrorist,” who had gone to the U.S. authorities to say, “I’m afraid that my son has become radicalized and could be a danger to your country.” That was a bracing step for a father to take. In fact, in Impromptus today, I say that this man could be considered Father of the Year. Too little thought is given to the parents of criminals. It is a terrible position to be in, and such people endure a lot of pain.

Anyway, I bring this up in the Corner to relate what a friend of mine said: “Yes, and the terrorist’s father is perhaps in danger now, from his son’s fellow jihadists. He ‘ratted,’ you see. I hope he has some good security.” A good point, and I hope so too.

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