Friday, May 14, 2010

Roshonara Choudhry stabs Stephen Timms

Roshonara Choudhry, a British Muslim of Bengali descent, stabbed Stephen Timms, a British MP. Apparently, she stabbed him in protest of his decision to support the war in Iraq.

According to the Guardian, prior to the assassination attempt, she was “everything a society could want a citizen to be.”

She was a student who excelled at King’s College in London. She spoke three languages – Arabic, French, and Bengali. She spent her weekends teaching poor Muslim students for free.

But towards the end of 2009, something changed. She began listening to the sermons of Anwar al-Awlaki which she downloaded from the Internet. Soon after, she quit going to school and in April she bought the knives she would use against Timms.

This story shows just how quickly western intelligence agencies can turn a normal person into a terrorist. I am sure the West will use this story to crack down on freedom of speech. They will probably try to use this story to regulate the Internet. But the Internet and Awlaki’s sermons did not turn Choudhry into a terrorist. The British government did that.

This will not stand.

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