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Aafia Siddiqui: Repaying Opportunity With Terror
by Mark Tapson
One of the more jaw-dropping excuses that the news media have concocted in defense of the Boston Marathon bombers' murderous evil is that America herself failed the two immigrant brothers. "Expecting hospitality," sympathized an American University professor, "they felt alienated and disillusioned, even with all of the opportunities and privileges available to them as citizens of this country." This is reminiscent of a parallel tale of opportunities and privileges made available to another jihadist immigrant –Aafia Siddiqui, who attended the same Boston mosque as the Tsarnaev brothers, benefited from the same welcome embrace of our society, and like them, still repaid it by plotting terror.
The Pakistani Siddiqui immigrated to the United States in 1990, graduated from MIT on a full scholarship and obtained a Ph.D. in 2001 from Brandeis. A full scholarship to MIT – quite an opportunity and a privilege. Described by her fellow students as "religious," she joined the Muslim Students' Association, a creation of the subversive Muslim Brotherhood, and solicited money for Brooklyn's Al Kifah Refugee Center, an early nerve center for al Qaeda in America.
When Pakistan asked the U.S. for help in 1995 to combat religious extremism, Siddiqui circulated an email deriding Pakistan for joining "the typical gang of our contemporary Muslim governments," and closing with a quote from the Quran warning Muslims not to take Jews and Christians as friends. She wrote three guides for teaching Islam, expressing the hope in one that "America becomes a Muslim land." Meanwhile she took a 12-hour pistol training course.
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