In this Nov. 18, 2011 photo, the dead body of Moeed Abdul Salam who killed himself with a grenade during a paramilitary raid on his apartment, is is carried by volunteers in Karachi, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)
(AP) Moeed Abdul Salam didn’t descend into radical Islam for lack of other options. He grew up in a well-off Texas household, attended a pricey boarding school and graduated from one of the state’s most respected universities.
But the most unlikely thing about his recruitment was his family: Two generations had spent years promoting interfaith harmony and combating Muslim stereotypes in their hometown and even on national television.
Salam rejected his relatives’ moderate faith and comfortable life, choosing instead a path that led him to work for al Qaeda. His odyssey ended late last year in a middle-of-the-night explosion in Pakistan. The 37-year-old father of four was dead after paramilitary troops stormed his apartment.
Officers said Salam committed suicide with a grenade. An Islamic media group said the troops killed him.
The family, originally from Pakistan, immigrated to the U.S. decades ago. Salam’s father was a pilot for a Saudi airline, and the family eventually settled in the Dallas suburb of Plano. Their cream-colored brick home, assessed at nearly $400,000, stands on a corner lot in a quiet, upper-class neighborhood.
The family obtained American citizenship in 1986. Salam attended Suffield Academy in Connecticut, a private high school where tuition and board currently run $46,500. He graduated in 1992.
A classmate, Wadiya Wynn, of Laurel, Md., recalled that Salam played varsity golf, sang in an a cappella group and in the chamber choir, and that he hung out with a small group of “hippie-ish” friends. She thought he was a mediocre student, but noted that just being admitted to Suffield was highly competitive.
This happened in November of last year. How did this not make the news?
Suffield is one of the oldest prep schools in CT. I tried to get more info on their famous alumni from Wikipedia, but it’s blacked out because of that stupid SOPA thing. Instead I found the info from Urban Dictionary, and I think it’s not quite the same: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Suffield%20Academy
Back to Mr. Salam. If you enjoy the privilege of citizenship in this country, and then turn around and try to kill your fellow citizens, dead is how you will probably end up.