Ed Driscoll

The Privileged Terrorist

That’s the headline that Matt Drudge is using to link to this UK Independent article, titled, “Wealthy, quiet, unassuming: the Christmas Day bomb suspect:”

With his wealth, privilege and education at one of Britain’s leading universities, Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab had the world at his feet – able to choose from a range of futures in which to make his mark on the world.

Instead, the son of one of Nigeria’s most important figures opted to make his impact in a very different way – by detonating 80g of explosives sewn into his underpants, and trying to destroy a passenger jet as it came in to land at Detroit Airport on Christmas Day.

As he was charged by US authorities last night with attempting to blow up an airliner, a surprising picture emerged of the would-be bomber.

A terrorist who grew up in a privileged environment? Nearly a decade after 9/11, why would that still be surprising?