Who is the “White Widow” and Why Should I Care?
Good Monday Evening All!
It has been a really busy day but I wanted to write before turning in a bit. Masked gunmen stormed into a fancy, crowded mall in Nairobi on Saturday and shot dead at least 39 people and wounded more than 150 in one of the most chilling terrorist attacks in East Africa since Al Qaeda blew up two American embassies in 1998.NYT
Several witnesses said the attackers had shouted for Muslims to run away while they picked off other shoppers, executing them one by one. The mall, one of Nairobi’s most luxurious, with glass elevators and some of the most expensive shops in town, is also popular with expatriates.NYT
The Shabab, an Islamist militant group based in Somalia, took responsibility for the attack. So……… it does not affect us, right? Wrong.
Al-Shabaab is claiming that there are American gunmen among
them. Not only that they are also from Finland, Canada, the UK., Somalia and Kenya. A really horrific coalition of cultures. In addition, witnesses have reported seeing a white woman among the shooters.
Soooooo….. who are these three men and this “white” woman. No one would ever believe that these American made terrorists could be from our heartland… Minnesota.
Minnesota has become a quiet battleground in a miniature, homegrown war on terror, pitting government authorities and their allies in the Somali community against fiery youths and their champions in the hardline mosques and among the ranks of angry, alienated Somali immigrants. A slew of nonprofit groups has sprung up to defend the mosques, claiming the connection between churches and terror recruits is overblown.
But they were simply the soldiers. The apparent leader is a young English woman by referred to as the “White Widow” otherwise known as Samantha Lewthwaite, also known as Sherafiyah Lewthwaite or the White Widow, is an alleged member of the Somali radical Islamic militant group, Al-Shabaab. She is the widow of Germaine Lindsay, one of the suicide-bombers of the 7 July 2005 London bombings.
Germaine Lindsey, (23 September 1985 – 7 July 2005), also known as Abdullah Shaheed Jamal, originally of Jamaica and later West Yorkshire England, was one of the four homegrown Islamist terrorists who detonated bombs on three trains on the London Underground and one bus in central London during the 7 July 2005 London bombings, killing 56 people (including themselves), and injuring more than 700. Lindsay detonated the bomb that killed 26 other people on a train travelling on the Piccadilly line between the King’s Cross St. Pancras and Russell Square tube stations.Wiki
Lewthwaite aka the White Widow, is allegedly a financer, recruiter and spokesman for Al-Shabaab as well as a young mother of three —- the youngest being approximately 5 years old.. She has also been accused of orchestrating grenade attacks at worship centers of religions other than Islam. She is believed to be behind an attack on those watching soccer in a bar in Mombasa during Euro 2012. In September 2013, the Kenyan government accused her of being one of the organizers of the Nairobi mall attack.
She apparently came from a rather respectable background, driven apparently murderously insane by her parents divorce, she found solace by hanging around with the neighborhood Muslims and reportedly found comfort in their “conservative” family life. She met her first husband on the internet and captured the newlywed Germaine Lindsay while he was a short eight days into his honeymoon. She later bore him a son, her eldest who is about 10 years old now.
Lindsay managed to blow himself up while murdering 26 innocent people. She was pregnant with their second child at the time. But don’t worry about it, she has NO compassion for man or woman; boy or girl ——- as long as you are not Muslim, you are fair game for this fair lass.
So, Angela, it is not happening here…….why worry about it? Well, sometimes we envision the heartland of the United States as being our last “wholesome” frontier. We listen to the “bitter clingers” froth and assume that is all. Well it is not. As a member of a women’s group while we lived in Kansas, I volunteered at something called the “Share Closet” — basically people in need could come to “shop” for free clothing, shoes, and other new goods donated by individuals and stores. I would see midwestern caucasian girls – one told me she had never set foot outside of the Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma area, get married to men from the Middle East. One day shorts and tennis shoes, ponytails and lipstick; the next (it seems) they were covered from head to toe wearing the traditional garb for women of the Islamic faith. Certainly, they could have fallen in love and traipsed off into the sunset, but the point is — change has come to ALL parts of this country. One of the gunmen in Nairobi was from Kansas City by the way.
What is the difference between here or there (the US and Nairobi)? Nothing, just a matter of time…. if we are unlucky. And I pray we never find out…