For some time now we are going to hear about all the preventive security measures that should have been in place, that will be in place in the future and the inconveniences they will occasion for air travelers.
It seems this Nigerian young man had let it be known that he was very upset about the American invasion of Iraq among other things. So much so that he was willing to engage in promoting violence against Americans. This, some good amount of time before he brought himself to think to destroy a full American passenger plane at Christmas time
The Nigerian newspaper This Day reported on Saturday that Abdulmutallab's father, Umaru Mutallab, had grown so distraught over his son's religious extremism that he contacted US authorities about it in mid-2009. Citing family sources, This Day said Mutallab reported his son's activities to the US Embassy in Abuja as well as to Nigerian security officials.
The suspect's father had headed the United Bank for Africa and First Bank of Nigeria, two of the nation's biggest banks, retiring only last week; was also the founder of the first Islamic bank in Nigeria, Jaiz International Bank in 2003.
The Nigerian reports paint a picture of a young man "radicalized by religious extremism and preaching his views to fellow students."
So this boy from a exceptionally successful family became "radicalized" for the "radical" actions of Americans bombing and invading Islamic populations. And if the extremism of American foreign policies in disregard for the precepts of all religions, often crimes against humanity, had been prevented by ordinary Americans who have no aggressive intentions toward the people of other nations, then one can assume that no religious extremism would have developed and been directed at America.
Then young student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's religious belief would not have become so extreme as to cause him to wish to sacrifice his life, only just begun, to counter an extreme injustice that would not have existed.
The collateral terror thrown upon innocent men, women and children is always seriously explained by American military spokespersons as inadvertent no matter how great the toll of human life. This inadvertent terror has been, and is being, answered by an overt terror response upon the men, women and children of America by the infinitely less powerfully armed angry young men of Islam.
Obviously, in retrospect, the simplest prophylactic to prevent such dedicated homicidal violence against Americans would have been for Americans not to have invaded and destroyed Iraq (twice) and not have brutally castigated with death and destruction the whole nation of the people of Afghanistan, though no Afghani has ever attacked the United States or any other country. Likewise, not to have continually backed warlords in Somalia before and after withdrawing U.S. forces, eventually replacing them with the armed forces of its new ally and former enemy, Ethiopia. And not to have bombed Lebanon, the Sudan, Pakistan and Yemen, nor have funded repressive governments in Egypt and Jordan, which could also cause young Muslims to get extremely upset. Maybe not to have continually threatened Syria and Iran and not have overthrown the latter's democratic government and funded, armed and aided Saddam Hussein's eight year terrorist invasion of it. And perhaps not to have funded and backed the sixty years of misbegotten Israeli ethnic cleansing of Arab Palestinians and an inhuman occupation in defiance of all United Nations resolutions.
All this radical in the extreme U.S. foreign policy could itself have been prevented but for the criminal conglomerate owned media cartel keeping the American citizenry blind to the dangers inherent in such corporate profit based extreme and hurtful programs world wide.
So if the public had been allowed to understand beforehand exactly what its government was planning to do in Muslim nations that would eventually precipitate the blow-back of nineteen mostly Saudi Arabians committing suicide in order to kill Americans on 9/11/01 as part of a continuing to war on America and its allies... all this terror begetting terror, begetting terror in unending cycle, could have been prevented.
'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."