The PJ Tatler

Another Observant Muslim Heard From: the Shoe Bomber

You remember Richard Reid, the shoe bomber? British-born (but not a Briton) Muslim convert, just trying to follow the tenets of his new faith? Yeah, this guy:

British shoe-bomber Richard Reid has spoken about his bungled plot to blow up a packed passenger jet saying it failed as God decided it wasn’t his time to die. The convicted terrorist broke his silence from his US prison cell in a letter explaining why his plan to kill almost 200 people didn’t succeed while also praising the recent Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris.

Writing from the supermax prison in Colorado where he is serving life Reid said the believed his attack was justifiable. He wrote: “I admit many people would dispute that and disagree with me on that point. However, at the same time I also believe that it wasn’t supposed to happen, not because it was displeasing to God … rather because it was not either my time to die nor that of those on the plane with me, and he had other plans for me which include my staying in prison and other matters which I may not be aware of as of yet.”

One think Reid is not, is #jesuischarlie:

In another letter the maniac says he had no sympathy for those killed in the recent Charlie Hebdo in Paris saying that too was justifiable.

“I do not see what happened at Charlie Hebdo as a tragedy,” he said. “Rather the tragedy is that people think it is OK to demean the sacred and belittle that which is more beloved to we Muslims than their own souls.”

He added, “And as the saying goes, if you play with fire you might get burned, so I have no tears for those who insult Islam.”

They tell us who they are and what they believe constantly. And yet we refuse to believe them. What more will it take?