Sunday, 09 October 2011


Ken Berwitz

Can this possibly be?

Can we possibly have apologized to the family of an avowed al qaeda operative who was killed while traveling with anwar al-awlaki, also a US born al qaeda, who was promoting terrorism against us from his hiding place in Yemen?

Can we possibly have apologized to the family of samir khan, who published English-language material to his followers, teaching them, among other things, how to build bombs in their home kitchens?

Do you find it impossible to believe the United States State Department would do this?  Then read the following excerpts from Tim Funk's article in today's Charlotte (NC) Observer and see for yourself:

An official from the U.S. State Department has called the Charlotte family of al-Qaida propagandist Samir Khan to offer the government's condolences on his death in a U.S. drone attack last week in Yemen, according to a family spokesman.

"They were very apologetic (for not calling the family sooner) and offered condolences," Jibril Hough said about the Thursday call from the State Department to Khan's father, Zafar.

The phone call came a day after the family released a statement through Hough that condemned the "assassination" of their 25-year-old son - a U.S. citizen - and said they were "appalled" that they had not heard from the U.S. government to discuss their son's remains or answer questions about why Khan was not afforded due process.

On Friday, State Department spokesman Harry Edwards confirmed to the Observer that the call had been made, but said "privacy issues" kept him from offering details.

Hough said the Thursday conversation lasted a few minutes.

"It wasn't just 'I'm sorry' and hang-up," said Hough, who added that the phone call included no discussion of the status or condition of Khan's remains.

Hough said Khan's father's reaction to the call was "kind of positive and optimistic."

That reads like some kind of fantasy from al qaeda headquarters.   But apparently it is true.

Has the state department gone out of its mind?  Does anyone there even have a mind?

Whoever signed off on this apology had damn well better be fired.  And I mean now.  Not next month, not next week, now.

I wrote about these two sacks of manure just Wednesday, after the khan family told us how "appalled" they were that condolences had not already been issued.  At that time I said:

Given the U.S. government's shocking oversight in not offering the khan family condolences, I would like to offer my own.

I offer my condolences that samir khan was killed last week while in the company of his buddy anwar al-awlaki.  It is my fervent wish that he and al-awlaki had been killed much earlier - i.e. before nidal malik hasan was influenced by al-awlaki to kill 13 U.S. soldiers and wound 29 others at Fort Hood, and before your son put out a how-to article instructing would-be terrorists on how to build bombs.  

May they both rest in pieces.  Tiny little ones.

Let me reiterate that now. 

And to the sick bastards in the State Department involved in offering condolences on our behalf?  You do not represent me, or anyone I know. 

May you go straight to hell.

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