JONATHAN TURLEY / 2017-05-28 00:17
The sister of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi came to the defense of her dead brother. The words of Jomana Abedi fell considerably short of reassuring the public about her family and its association with Islamic extremists. It is now known that Abedi spoke to his brother only 15 minutes before he savagely murdered dozens of young girls.
His younger brother, Hashim Ramadan Abu Qassem al-Abedi (right) had been detained in Libya and allegedly knew of the plot and may have helped with preparations.
Then the sister entered the fray as described this murderous extremists as a a kind and loving man, the Wall Street Journal reported. She explained that he was merely looking for “revenge” as if that could ever justify the murder of dozens of little girls. She explained “I think he saw children—Muslim children—dying everywhere, and wanted revenge. He saw the explosives America drops on children in Syria, and he wanted revenge.” She then added “Whether he got that is between him and God.”
Really, that is the measure? First, seeking revenge against little girls is not some open question outside of an extremist family like this one. Her brother was seeking the massacre of innocents in some demented belief that he would attain paradise through such a despicable act. Second, this family was associated with extremist groups. His father, Ramadan Abedi, was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in the 1990s — a group associated with Al Qaeda. So a family supporting Al Qaeda was outraged by the murder of innocents? That is the signature of Al Qaeda, senseless and indiscriminate murder.
So, no, it is not between him and God. He never was going to “get revenge” by murdering little girls. He was going to simply murder dozens of innocents in a perverse belief that it would gain entry for himself into paradise.