Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The family that prays together...

... goes on trial for terrorist conspiracy together:

A young mother encouraged her husband to die as a terrorist martyr, the Old Bailey has been told.

Bouchra El Hor, 24, urged on Yassin Nassari, 28, in a letter which was discovered among their luggage at Luton airport, said Aftab Jafferjee, prosecuting.

He alleged that the true significance of the letter became more apparent when police found instructions on how to make missiles on Nassari's hard drive.

Mr Jafferjee said: "It is the prosecution case that they are not merely radicalised Muslims, but that Nassari was going to engage in what he and others like him would call a jihad - but what the law describes as terrorism.

"He held both the ideology and the technology with which that could be achieved.

"His wife was not only aware of his intention, but positively encouraged it - despite the fact that his actions would almost certainly result in his death in some form of combat and would also result in their son being without a father."

Mr Jafferjee said these were "mindsets" which were beyond ordinary understanding and which possessed "chilling resilience".

All this as The Police finally begin their reunion tour. Someone should ask Sting, apropos of his old Cold War hit "Russians": does he really think the Islamic radicals love their children too, in a way that involves wanting to see them grow up and raise families of their own (as opposed to the way that would be ecstatic to see them guaranteed of a place in Paradise by dying as martyrs or jihadists)?

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