Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 5 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 1/10/10

From How -- To Why?

By Mumia Abu-Jamal  Posted by Hans Bennett (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 2 pages)   2 comments
Message Hans Bennett

(Image by Unknown Owner)   Details   DMCA

From How -- To Why?

[col. writ. 12/31/09]

(c) '09 Mumia Abu-Jamal

For many, especially in the West, questions abound over the aborted airplane catastrophe of Christmas Day, 2009.

A young jihadi comes within precious minutes of delivering a devastatingly deadly Christmas package to the United States and hundreds of its citizens aboard North West flight # 253.

The apparent ease with which he was able to smuggle a powerful explosive onto the aircraft, and the manner of igniting the chemical, has forced questions about how this could've happened.

But for some, the question isn't how -- but why?

Why would 23 year old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the son of a wealthy and prestigious Nigerian family, sign up for such a mission?

When politicians and media ask how, they are addressing methodology; when others wonder why, they are examining motivation.

When a young man of means adopts such a path, it speaks to the emptiness and alienation of material life.

His web posts (if accurate), reflect a mind numbing milieu of loneliness and isolation. And if the son of one of Nigeria's wealthiest families can be lured to the way of destruction, this does not bode well for those bent on waging what they have called the 'War on Terror'. For there are tens of millions of youth living in direst poverty, in powerlessness, under U.S. supported feudal, corrupt and violent governments, all over the world, who have far more acute reasons to view their present lives as an intolerable hell.

To strike out against those they perceive as the chief sponsor of their miseries, even at the cost of their lives, especially once given religious sanction, would seem a cheap price to pay.

Yet, there is another factor at play that most major media have chosen to ignore in connection with these recent events.

In March of 2009, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) went online to file a proposal for an agency that would update their training manual for their staff.

This 93 page document, available online for months, gave sensitive details not only on search procedures, but revealed that only 20% of bags were hand searched, showed sample I. D. cards for elected officials and cops, and identified the kinds of wires that wouldn't set off alarms by airport screening machines.

Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Must Read 3   Well Said 3   Valuable 3  
Rate It | View Ratings

Hans Bennett Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Hans Bennett is a multi-media journalist mostly focusing on the movement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal and all political prisoners. An archive of his work is available at and he is also co-founder of "Journalists for Mumia," (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact EditorContact Editor
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author) An interview with Rob Kall

Organizing to Abolish the Prison-Industrial Complex

AUDIO & PRESS RELEASE: New Mumia Crime Scene Photos Unveiled for First Time in the US!

The Assassination of Fred Hampton -- a Book Review

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend