The world media assembles outside the posh, multi-million dollar former London residence residence of terrorist bomber
For some reason, the world media has decided to connect US president Barack Obama with the Nigerian terrorist who attempted to bring down an American airliner with a semtex bomb strapped to his thighs last week.
The suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23-year-old son of a wealthy former Nigerian banking official, was arrested and charged with attempting to detonate a bomb on board Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day as it approached Detroit for a landing. Abdulmutallab tried to light an explosive strapped to his thighs by injecting a liquid detonator into it. But the bomb didn't explode as expected. Instead, the flaming liquid dripped under the seat setting the man's legs and the carpeting on fire.
Passengers said they saw a flash of light and heard what sounded like a firecracker going off inside a pillowcase. An alert passenger jumped over seats and other passengers to subdue Abdulmutallab who was taken to the first class section where his pants were ripped off of him.
Bot the bomber and hero sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns.
The quiet, unassuming baby faced student lived like royalty in a posh $3 million London townhouse. Former college friends say he was a loner who didn't have a girlfriend. His parents financed his lavish lifestyle, but after graduating from a London University, Abdulmutallab moved to Yemen and broke ties with his family.
His father Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, a former Nigerian minister and chairman of the First Bank of Nigeria, warned the US about his son's extremist views but Abdulmutallab was granted a US travel VISA anyway. Abdulmutallab's name was added to a terrorist database but apparently he was not given "no-fly" status.
This story has topped the world headlines for days and has received 24-hour wall-to-wall coverage on US news networks. But why attach Obama's name to the incident?
Some say Obama has so far ignored calls to suppress Al Qaeda cells in Yemen where Abdulmutallab allegedly received the bomb and his instructions. Many members of Al Qaeda have fled the war zones and moved to Yemen and Somalia, both Muslim countries that Obama is wary of criticizing.
Obama has already promised $70 million to the Yemen government in its fight against terrorist groups. But some say that's not nearly enough.
As Sen. Joe Lieberman told Fox News on Sunday, “Iraq was yesterday’s war. Afghanistan is today’s war. If we don’t act preemptively, Yemen will be tomorrow’s war.” [link]
The call has gone out for Obama to consider preemptive (military) action in Yemen and other Muslim countries harboring Al Qaeda terror cells. But so far Obama has resisted.
According to a British paper, Abdulmutallab bragged to the FBI that there are "25 more" terrorists just like him ready to bomb commercial airliners in the US.