Tuesday, July 01, 2014
"They are taught to blend in... And that's what they did. Well."
The rule in historiography is to consult primary sources when possible (or to verify that a secondary source important in one's research be verifiably based in primary sources). It's also instructive, and sobering, once in a while for those of us in the Counter-Jihad (someday hopefully to become the Anti-Islam Movement) to revisit older news about the problem of Islam in our time. And what in this regard could be more primary than 911?
So, remember the airfield where two of the 911 hijackers (Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi) took flight lessons? It was at the Venice Municipal Airport in Venice, Florida, through a flight school called Huffman Aviation.
The owner at the time of Huffman Aviation was one Rudi Dekkers, a Dutch entrepreneur.
A story in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune recounted in their 10th anniversary story on 911 in 2011:
Ten years hasn't brought closure for Dekkers, who frequently goes over his experiences with Atta and al-Shehhi, wondering if there were clues he missed.
"I saw nothing in these men to make me think they were terrorists," Dekkers says. "But I wish I had noticed something I could have taken to the FBI.
And in a related story from the same paper, about a Florida native named Steve Kona who rented a home he owned to Atta and al-Shehhi for six months. Kona was a solid upstanding citizen, a fire captain for the Venice fire department.
The Venice fire captain remembers Atta as standoffish and al-Shehhi as warm and friendly. They weren't suspicious at all, he said.
"Of course, probably they are taught to blend in," he said. "And that's what they did. Well."
With the reasonably assumed prospect of more terror plots in the offing in the decades ahead, more horrific than 911 and increasingly numerous, it will be unconscionably reckless for us to continue to assume that most (or even any) Muslims are harmless, when we cannot tell the difference between the deadly ones, and the ones that might happen to be harmless.