It’s a mystery that absolutely no one can solve. The New York Times, which is wiling to offer its editorial page to any terrorist with a Jihad and a dream, offers it to Nasser Al-Awlaki, the father of Al Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki, who just wants to know why his grandson, Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki, who was hanging out with an Al Qaeda leader was killed.
I visited the site later, once I was able to bear the pain of seeing where he sat in his final moments. Local residents told me his body was blown to pieces. They showed me the grave where they buried his remains. I stood over it, asking why my grandchild was dead.
Nearly two years later, I still have no answers. The United States government has refused to explain why Abdulrahman was killed.
Here’s a short answer. Your son, who was an Al Qaeda leader, took him along on a magical adventure to Al Qaedaville. The end result could have been predicted by anyone. Boom.
The United States did not target Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki. And the faux conservatives who jumped on this story to accuse America of killing a 16-year-old, who happened to be a US citizen, really need to stop getting their Michael Moore on.
The United States did target Ibrahim Muhammad Salih al-Banna, an Al Qaeda leader. Despite efforts by liberal blogs and newspapers, including the Times, to claim that this is some recent revelation, this was how it was all along.
We didn’t target Anwar Al-Awlaki’s son. Anwar Al-Awlaki decided to drag his son into a war zone. The United States did not have an obligation to then put a radio collar around his neck to make sure that it didn’t kill him while it was killing Al Qaeda leaders.
Nasser Al-Awlaki knows all this. The New York Times knows all this.
The “Why did America kill a 16-year-old boy who liked watching the Simpsons” campaign they’re waging is the same old pro-terrorist campaign meant to subvert America’s ability to take out terrorists.
It’s wholly cynical and anyone who falls for it ought to think twice.
In 2010, the Obama administration put Abdulrahman’s father, my son Anwar, on C.I.A. and Pentagon “kill lists” of suspected terrorists targeted for death. A drone took his life on Sept. 30, 2011.
The government repeatedly made accusations of terrorism against Anwar — who was also an American citizen — but never charged him with a crime. No court ever reviewed the government’s claims nor was any evidence of criminal wrongdoing ever presented to a court. He did not deserve to be deprived of his constitutional rights as an American citizen and killed.
Evidence? Sure, let’s review the evidence.
Anwar Al-Awlaki made numerous videos declaring himself an enemy of America and calling for the murder of Americans. Either it was him in those videos or someone wearing an Al-Awlaki mask. Numerous terrorists including the Boston Bombers were inspired by him to carry out acts of terror.
Sure we could have sent some SEALS over to grab him, risking their lives, and then put him on trial. Or we could send a drone. We sent a drone.
The drone is what Al-Awlaki deserved. He did not consider himself an American. He was a Yemeni Al Qaeda terrorist who happened to hold US citizenship and was fighting on the side of the enemy.
A country that believes it does not even need to answer for killing its own is not the America I once knew. From 1966 to 1977, I fulfilled a childhood dream and studied in the United States as a Fulbright scholar, earning my doctorate and then working as a researcher and assistant professor at universities in New Mexico, Nebraska and Minnesota.
I have fond memories of those years. When I first came to the United States as a student, my host family took me camping by the ocean and on road trips to places like Yosemite, Disneyland and New York — and it was wonderful.
After returning to Yemen, I used my American education and skills to help my country, serving as Yemen’s minister of agriculture and fisheries and establishing one of the country’s leading institutions of higher learning, Ibb University
Spare us. Please.
Yemen is in a state of permanent civil war and the Al-Awlaki clan is closely tied to Al Qaeda. The drone that killed Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki also killed a number of other Al-Awlaki family members.
Nasser Al-Awlaki’s own sob story tells us this…
Early one morning in September 2011, Abdulrahman set out from our home in Sana by himself… A couple of days after Abdulrahman left, we were relieved to receive word that he was safe and with cousins in southern Yemen, where our family is from.