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A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Amitava Kumar looks at the global repercussions of the war on terror. His book A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb tells the story of two men convicted in U.S. courts on terrorism-related charges: Hemant Lakhani, a 70-year-old tried for attempting to sell a fake missile to an FBI informant, and Shahawar Matin Siraj, who was accused of being involved in a conspiracy to bomb a subway. Kumar explores the experiences of ordinary people caught up in the war on terror and the growing suspicions about foreigners in post-9/11 America.

Guests:

Amitava Kumar

Comments [34]

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Some good points here, had great time reading this. Thanks.

Jul. 10 2012 04:10 AM
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Apr. 02 2012 06:17 AM
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Apr. 01 2012 01:25 PM

Security and terrorism experts have sprouted like mushrooms after 9/11. Still, it is amazing that some English major (Amitava Kumar - OK Ph.d.) is now interviewed on a serious NPR program.

Pathetic!

Aug. 07 2010 06:41 PM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

@ Jen Weller - You write of other's demagoguery and provide your own. Ha!

Regardless of how you or others of your ilk feel, building the mosque on their legally and rightfully owned property is perfectly legitimate and falls squarely on American tenets of religious freedom.

One of the great beauties of America is that you have a right to express your displeasure in many ways. Another is that citizens also have a right to express their religious views. Regardless of your or anyone else's preferences, their right to build a religious structure on that site supersedes your displeasure. That's it. End of story.

Aug. 05 2010 04:43 PM
coulter

Leonard:

You fell victim to one of the other mis-reported stories of the recent past.

You state with complete confidence, while examining the need for creativity in the security bureaucracy, that "no one could have predicted using planes as flying missiles." Just because the Bush Administration repeated the line ad nauseum does not mean it was true. They also said no one could have predicted that Katrina could break through the levees in N.O.

In fact, there were terror alerts several years before 9/11 about terrorists trying to fly an airliner into the G7 or G8 (or whatever G# it was back then). So not only could our security apparatus have imagined such a scenario, they didn't even have to use their imaginations. Additionally, the FBI was aware of some of the terrorists learning to fly but not how to land. Saying "no one could have imagined..." is almost always a way of deflecting criticism for having done nothing to stop a known and reasonably anticipated threat. It is a bit like saying "Fair and Balanced."

Aug. 04 2010 03:49 PM
Bob Moore from Lower Manhattan

Thanks MG for updating me on the Irish situation but that was not the point of my comment. The point was that it is not appropriate to invest a whole nation or religion with the sins of one or two extremists whatever the rights and wrongs of the objectives of the extremists. One could argue for some time about the 'many' people who are seekng a united Ireland, there are not so many of them in the North, any more than there are that many people living in the Falklands who want to be Argentine or many living in Gibraltar who want to be Spanish. I think everyone would agree that killing innocent people in the furtherance of any aim is incompatible with civilization whatever that aim is.

Aug. 04 2010 03:12 PM
Sandra from Astoria

What a bunch of hypocrites you anti-mosque people are.

Would you object to a church being built near the Oklahoma City bombing? McVeigh was Christian after all.

Aug. 04 2010 02:35 PM
Jeanette from Westchester County

I'm outraged by his assertion that Muslims not apologizing for 9/11 (and other acts of terrorism) can be compared to Americans' not apologizing for Abu Ghraib!
How can you compare the murder of thousands of innocent people, the beheading of journalists like Daniel Pearl--the list goes on and on--to the comparatively mild treatment of prisoners in Abu Ghraib (when compared to what happened in the Hanoi Hilton, for example, or what Muslims around the world do to "unbelievers")?
Your guest's comments just confirm my low opinion of Muslims and their agenda.

Aug. 04 2010 02:13 PM
MG from NYC

To Bob Moore,

It bears mentioning that the conflict in Northern Ireland has been taking place as a result of centuries of British colonization and because many believe that the island of Ireland is and should be recognized as one independent nation, whose six counties in the north should not be under British rule.

What motivated those 19 men from 9/11 and those who support them is a very different matter.

Aug. 04 2010 02:13 PM
Casey R. from Harlem

Yes, those behind the building of the mosque may have a legal right to do so, but why would they want to exercise that right given what they know of the wishes of the survivors and families of 9/11?

Shameful.

Aug. 04 2010 02:11 PM
Luke from Greenwich Village

Congratulations to New Yorkers for their staunch support of a project about which our enemies can rejoice after committing mass murder 600 feet away.

While we are playing at being intellectually generous and suicidally politcally correct , how about a Nazi Soldier War memorial at Auschwitz?

Aug. 04 2010 02:08 PM
Jen Weller from Greenwich Village

Liberal Piety and the Memory of 9/11
The enlightened class can't understand why the public is uneasy about the Ground Zero mosque.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703545604575407160266158170.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

the obvious question posed by this proposed center towering over the ruins of 9/11.

It is a question most ordinary Americans, as usual, have no trouble defining. Namely, how is it that the planners, who have presented this effort as a grand design for the advancement of healing and interfaith understanding, have refused all consideration of the impact such a center will have near Ground Zero? Why have they insisted, despite intense resistance, on making the center an assertive presence in this place of haunted memory? It is an insistence that calls to mind the Flying Imams, whose ostentatious prayers—apparently designed to call attention to themselves on a U.S. Airways flight to Phoenix in November 2006—ended in a lawsuit. The imams sued. The airlines paid.

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser—devout Muslim, physician, former U.S. Navy lieutenant commander and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy—says there is every reason to investigate the center's funding under the circumstances. Of the mosque so near the site of the 9/11 attacks, he notes "It will certainly be seen as a victory for political Islam."

The center may be built where planned. But it will not go easy or without consequence to the politicians intent on jamming the project down the public throat, in the name of principle. Liberal piety may have met its match in the raw memory of 9/11, and in citizens who have come to know pure demagoguery when they hear it. They have had, of late, plenty of practice.

Aug. 04 2010 02:06 PM
Dave from Brooklyn

Nicholas, Abu Ghraib, happened after 9/11, but 9/11 happened after the US participated in the destruction of Afghanistan. It's irrelevant who did what first. All three acts are reprehensible, and should be condemned by all people who seek to create a more just world, be they Americans, Muslims, or anything else.

Aug. 04 2010 02:00 PM
R. McGeddon

Novels with impact.

Unfortunately, I'd have to include "Atlas Shrugged" as an example more recent than "The Jungle." Through Rand's disciple Greenspan it can take a large portion of discredit in the recent economic debacle.

Aug. 04 2010 01:59 PM
john from office

Len, ask about the daeth of Van Goth, or the Jihad for cartoons.

Aug. 04 2010 01:56 PM
Jen Weller from Greenwich Village

Liberal Piety and the Memory of 9/11
The enlightened class can't understand why the public is uneasy about the Ground Zero mosque.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703545604575407160266158170.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

the obvious question posed by this proposed center towering over the ruins of 9/11.

It is a question most ordinary Americans, as usual, have no trouble defining. Namely, how is it that the planners, who have presented this effort as a grand design for the advancement of healing and interfaith understanding, have refused all consideration of the impact such a center will have near Ground Zero? Why have they insisted, despite intense resistance, on making the center an assertive presence in this place of haunted memory? It is an insistence that calls to mind the Flying Imams, whose ostentatious prayers—apparently designed to call attention to themselves on a U.S. Airways flight to Phoenix in November 2006—ended in a lawsuit. The imams sued. The airlines paid.

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser—devout Muslim, physician, former U.S. Navy lieutenant commander and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy—says there is every reason to investigate the center's funding under the circumstances. Of the mosque so near the site of the 9/11 attacks, he notes "It will certainly be seen as a victory for political Islam."

The center may be built where planned. But it will not go easy or without consequence to the politicians intent on jamming the project down the public throat, in the name of principle. Liberal piety may have met its match in the raw memory of 9/11, and in citizens who have come to know pure demagoguery when they hear it. They have had, of late, plenty of practice.

Aug. 04 2010 01:55 PM
Sam from Chelsea

Leonard, you forgot 'Silent Spring' by Rachel Carson.

Aug. 04 2010 01:55 PM
John from Manhattan

One look at this week's Time Magazine cover is proof positive of the vast difference in world views between Islam and the West and will not be simply bridged by Islam's denunciation of terrorism. And Mr Kumar's soft-shoe dance on the head of the pin to deflect any examination of Islam's behavior in the 21st century just doesn't cut it.

Aug. 04 2010 01:54 PM
Nicholas West from UWS

Your guest is a little tone-deaf as to why certain things happen.

Why are Americans generally not apologizing for Abu Ghraib?

Because 9/11 had ALREADY happened. Because we had ALREADY been attacked.
Because radical Islam had ALREADY publicly declared war on the West. Abu Ghraib was AFTER those things.

So American's were really in no mood to be empathetic to what were considered imprisoned enemy combatants and possibly deadly terrorists.

Aug. 04 2010 01:53 PM
Dave from Brooklyn

What? Journalists can't do stings here? What about that TV show that posed as underage girls and busted men who wanted to have sex with them?

Aug. 04 2010 01:53 PM
a g from n j

mr. from the office-is anything in the world beautiful to you?

Aug. 04 2010 01:53 PM
john from office

911 I believe happened before Abu Garb, (Spell?) This man is rationalizing bad behavior as rage for events that happened because of the 911 attacks.

Aug. 04 2010 01:50 PM
a g from n j

the way to empower,muslims and everyone,is to acknowledge the reality that exists between peoples ears. allow people to state their "truth". the call for denunciation,is beyond silly. how do you empower and change anyhing with that mindset. i think that iswhat a lot of people want to do. it's very cozy,to wrap oneself around ideology,but at what price?

Aug. 04 2010 01:50 PM
john from office

The difference is that we don't have a policy of abuse in jails. The muslim community worldwide, is seeking and encouraging Jihad. Death to non believers, that is what is not denounced.

Ask about the threat of death for cartoons!!!

Aug. 04 2010 01:46 PM
Harvey Bernstein from Westchester

Now Gov. Christie was the prosecuter on the missile case. It was a major publicity coup for him. I have always wondered about the value of prosecuting someone where the FBI was both the procurer and the receiver as wll as the instigator of the 'crime'

Aug. 04 2010 01:46 PM
Bob Moore from Lower Manhattan

It is nice to hear the wholoe subject of Islam discussed in calm and rational tones instead of the hysterical rhetoric which has accompanied the issue fo the Cultural Center on Park Place. I lived for many years in England where a small number of Irish fanatics carried out a bombing campaign but this did not represent the whole of Ireland any more than 9/11 represented the whole of Islam.

Aug. 04 2010 01:43 PM
VICTOR JUHASZ

At what point in history were counter intel and informants not dirty areas? When has spying ever been a clean business? Your guest says that we lose the trust of the Moslem community by employing informants and surveillance, yet don't we in general live in a state of mistrust when seemingly quiet members of the community wind up leaving car bombs in Times Square?

As for the Mosque near Ground Zero, didn't Muslims also die in the 9-11 attacks at the WTC? Those who have railed against it seem to forget that fact. It's not like all the victims were WASPS, Catholics, and Jews.

This is a very complicated issue made all the more difficult by an enemy very skilled at using our laws against us and playing the victim game. This hurts everyone in the long run.

Aug. 04 2010 01:43 PM
Dave from Brooklyn

Wouldn't attracting Muslims to the site be a positive thing? Perhaps terrorists would be less likely to attack a site with a mosque on it.

Aug. 04 2010 01:41 PM
Roy Zornow

There were numerous warnings from foreign intelligence agencies of al Qaeda plans to use planes as weapons prior to 9/11.

Aug. 04 2010 01:41 PM
john from office

The problem is that it is the site of a national disaster.

Would you like a church at a W W 2 concentration camp, no because it is inapropriate.
This is why the ADL is against the site.

Len, please ask a hard question, he still will have wine with you later.

Aug. 04 2010 01:39 PM
a g from n j

i am against bigotry,but people have a right to their complicated feelings. irrespective,of where they are comming from politically. the isues get lost in zero sum notions.

Aug. 04 2010 01:39 PM
a g from n j

no one imagined the attack? what does that mean. is leonard in everyone's imagination. i'll have to be careful,and watch myself engaging in compulsive "assumptions"

Aug. 04 2010 01:33 PM
john

Len, I know you are in awe of this guests intellect, but please ask some hard questions.

Such as the failure of the muslim community to denounce violence.

you seem to just want to laugh at his snide remarkes. The American economy can be distroyed by bombs and economic damage.

Aug. 04 2010 01:33 PM

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