Family Security Matters
The boogeyman is dead – – or is he?
No greater boogeyman caused more American nightmares than Adnan el-Shukrijumah, who, according to Munir Ahmed of the Associated Press, was killed Saturday in the South Waziristan province of Pakistan.
The al Qaeda leader, we are told, was picked off by members of the Pakistani army.
The news of Adnan’s demise caused millions of Americans to utter a huge sigh of relief.
Raised in Brooklyn and Miramar, Florida, by a radical Islamic family (his father Gulshair was an imam and spiritual advisor to blind sheikh Omar Rahman), Adnan joined the holy war in the late 1990s to fight the perceived persecution of Muslims in places like Chechnya and Bosnia. In the months before 9/11, he escorted Mohammad Atta to Norman, Oklahoma, for simulated pilot instruction.
A graduate of Broward Community College, Adnan reportedly continued his education at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he enrolled under an alias. At McMaster, he teamed up with a crew of fellow jihadis and, according to The Washington Times and other reputable sources, gained access to the university’s nuclear reactor.
Upon catching wind of Adnan’s purported nuclear plans, the FBI issued a BOLO for his arrest and a $5 million bounty on his head.
Adnan’s face graced the front pages of every leading newspaper and cable news broadcast.
Following his disappearance from the Hamilton campus, the elusive boogeyman popped up in a series of strange places, including Honduras, Guyana, Sonora, Mexico, and a Wendy’s restaurant in Avon, Colorado.
Now we are told Adnan is smoldering in a shallow grave in the wilds of Waziristan.
No pictures of his body have been published, and no verification of his demise has been provided, save the dubious testimony of Pakistani military officials.
Is Adnan dead?
The question merits consideration since Islamic boogeymen who have haunted the news have been know to rise from the grave again and again like zombies from a Hollywood horror film.
Consider the case of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, an illiterate Bedouin, who was alleged to have been the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq.
According to news reports from 2002, Zarqawi was killed by a missile attack in Afghanistan. In 2003, this report was revised to claim that he had not really been killed but rather seriously injured. Moreover, the story held that Zarqawi was being treated courtesy of Saddam Hussein in a Baghdad hospital, where the al-Qaeda leader had undergone an amputation of one of his legs.
The news of Zarqawi’s hospitalization in Iran was used by President George W. Bush to demonstrate the importance of an Iraqi invasion, since Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda was obviously in cahoots.
At the end of 2003, Zarqawi appeared in Fallujah – – limbs intact – – to issue a declaration of war on the U.S. invaders. Two years later, this troublesome figure was credited with the bombings of several hotels in Jordan.
On November 23, 2005, we received word that Zarqawi had been killed yet again – – this time by a raid on his headquarters in Mosul.
Lo and behold, by April 2006, he appeared on the internet to say that America soon would be forced to leave Iraq in “defeat and humiliation.”
The zombie jihadi was killed a third time on June 7, 2006, by a strike on an isolated house 30 miles from Baghdad.
Zarqawi is not the only Muslim to pop up from the grave.
Abu Bekr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, was purportedly killed on September 6, 2014. Images of his dead body were transmitted to news agencies throughout the world.
But in November, Baghdadi, looking fit as a fiddle, appeared in a video to say: “I’m not dead yet.”
Prior to Baghdadi’s resurrection, his ISIS predecessor – – another Baghdadi (Abu Abdullah Baghdadi) – – was captured and killed on three different occasions, causing some reporters to speculate that he may have been a fictional creation of the CIA.
Is Adnan el-Shuklrijumah dead?
But don’t be surprised if he reappears in a nuclear nightmare.
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