by Geoffrey Clarfield (January 2014)
Less than four months ago on September 21, 2013, a group of Islamic terrorists from the Somali based militia, Al Shabaab (the “youth,” in Arabic) attacked the Westgate Mall, an upscale shopping center in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. As a former resident of that city, I knew it well. I used to drive by its Nakumatt supermarket almost every day on my way to work at the National Museums of Kenya. more>>>
'Apropos of the terrorists' efforts to grant safe passage to muslims before the mass killings began, I remember an excerpt from a documentary about the Mumbai massacre (from the Secrets of the Dead series) in which an elderly muslim couple revealed in an interview that they volunteered to the attackers that they were muslims, presumably after realizing that the attack was probably jihad, and therefore should be spared, which they were. Unfortunately the documentary let this all-important point -- that the Mumbai massacre was directed specifically at non-muslims -- pass without further emphasis or comment.