The Roots of Discontent for The NY Car Bomber Faisal Shahzad

Stories like this may provide some insight into the latest attempted terrorist attack involving Faisal Shahzad, a man came from a well-to-do family in Pakistan,who was making a life as an American, but became increasingly angry at the U.S. and its policies.

Faisal Shahzad/cnn
Faisal Shahzad/cnn
By Andrea Elliott, Sabrina Tavernise and Anne Barnard
New York Times

Just after midnight on Feb. 25, 2006, Faisal Shahzad sent a lengthy e-mail message to a group of friends. The trials of his fellow Muslims weighed on him — the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the plight of Palestinians, the publication in Denmark of cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad.

Mr. Shahzad was wrestling with how to respond. He understood the notion that Islam forbids the killing of innocents, he wrote. But to those who insist only on “peaceful protest,” he posed a question: “Can you tell me a way to save the oppressed? And a way to fight back when rockets are fired at us and Muslim blood flows?

“Everyone knows how the Muslim country bows down to pressure from west. Everyone knows the kind of humiliation we are faced with around the globe.”

Yet by some measures, Mr. Shahzad — a Pakistani immigrant who was then 26 years old — seemed to be thriving in the West.

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