The Washington Post believes that it spotted Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab looking for cyber-buddies online before eventually taking to the friendly skies:
The 23-year-old Nigerian man accused of the attempted Christmas Day bombing of an American airliner apparently turned to the Internet for counseling and companionship, writing in an online forum that he was “lonely” and had “never found a true Muslim friend.”
As the Professor adds, “Here’s a hint — the ones who want to put a bomb in your crotch don’t count, either.” More from the Post:
“I have no one to speak too [sic],” read a posting from January 2005, when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was attending boarding school. “No one to consult, no one to support me and I feel depressed and lonely. I do not know what to do. And then I think this loneliness leads me to other problems.”
You may be onto something there, sport; back at PJM HQ, Phyllis Chesler explores “The Lonely, Murderous Sons of Allah: A Psycho-analytic View.”
Update: As Slublog writes at Ace of Spades HQ,”You know who else sometimes gets depressed and has issues related to sexuality?”
EVERY DAMN TEENAGER IN THE WORLD.
But guess what? A good number of them manage to avoid the temptation to wire bombs into their underwear in an attempt to kill hundreds of people. I don’t really care about the guy’s emotional state. Maybe instead of spending time reading the kid’s sad, online mindthoughts, the Associated Press could use some of their crack reporters to examine…well…other factors that might have motivated his actions.
I’m sure with their multiple layers of fact checkers and stuff, they’ll figure it out. Eventually.
Given that this is the MSM, in full hide the decline/duck and cover mode for the Obama administration, that could likely take some time.