Anwar al-Awlaki was a native-born US citizen. He was born in New Mexico approximately 39 years ago of Yemeni parents. He and his family moved back to Yemen when he was 7 years old. He returned to Colorado in 1991 to attend college. He earned a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. Among his extracurricular activities he was president of the Muslim Student Association. He also earned an M.A. in Education Leadership from San Diego State University, and worked on a Doctorate in Human Resource Development at George Washington University.
In 1994 he married a cousin from Yemen and served as imam of the Denver Islamic Society. His piousness and marriage did not stop him for getting arrested twice for soliciting prostitutes.
Over the years, Mr. al-Awlaki was an advisor to the Fort Hood shooting suspect Nidal Malik Hasan, who murdered 13 fellow soldiers, the “underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to bring down a commercial airliner, the “Times Square Bomber” – Faisal Shahzad, as well as others. These people had the intent of committing mass murder on innocent people. Mr. al-Awlaki helped them in every way possible.
His life finally met a long overdue conclusion when his body collided with a US-fired Hellfire missile in Yemen. It was a shame to have to ruin a perfectly good missile on that piece of trash, but good riddance!
The ACLU had brought a case in US federal court on behalf of Anwar al-Awlaki’s father hoping to prevent a targeted killing. The case was lost.
I can’t understand the attitude of a lot of the American Left Wing. We are at war with al Qaeda. Mr. al-Awlaki made it clear whose side he was on. He made that clear more than once.
During — or just before — the US entry into World War II, there were many young, male, US citizens of German ancestry who went to Germany and joined the German Army. They made clear whose side they were on. Presumably a number were killed during the war. There was no legal action (as far as I know) to force the US Army to capture these fellows and bring them back for trial. They chose their sides and knew the consequences.
I have heard the argument many times that in order to protect everyone’s rights it is sometimes necessary to defend some pretty despicable characters. I understand and have no problem with this. But it seems to me that in this case, the ACLU is guilty of very fuzzy thinking. Mr. al-Awlaki was a dangerous man. He chose to be on the side of a group that we were fighting. He joined al Qaeda, He was fighting against the United States. That makes him fair game.
Ding Dong the bastard is dead. He got his just reward and I would wish that the ACLU would just stuff it!