May 27, 2004


Abu Hamza is in custody. The London Sun reports developments leading to his arrest:

Evil hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza was due to be arrested early today.

Police were set to make a pre-dawn raid at his London home.

They planned to hold the hate-filled preacher on terror charges before deporting him for trial in America.

The plot to arrest thehate-filled cleric was hatched by American lawmen.

The Palestinian-born ranter was due to be held on a warrant from the U.S. Department of Justice under new extradition laws.

The arrest marks a spectacular victory for The Sun.

MPs and moderate Muslims have praised our campaign to have the one-eyed hate preacher locked up or booted out of Britain.

Meanwhile, over at the SMH:

An angelic-looking Pakistani woman with a doctorate in neurological science is among seven "dangerous" al-Qaeda terror suspects identified today by the FBI as planners of new attacks on the United States.

Siddiqui is a picture of innocence amongst the dangerous-looking male suspects ...

This crude sexism has no place in a reputable newspaper. Why, I'd cancel my subscription if I hadn't made certain never to take one out in the first place.

UPDATE. Heres a BBC profile of old Abu. And heres another profile to help Abu score some pen-friend action while hes locked up:

I am a: One-eyed hook-handed hate preacher
Residence: Finsbury Park
Interested in: beating meeting women
For: walks along the beach, romantic dinners, Holy War
My Age: 47
Speak: Arabic, English, Hate
Children: Two wonderful sons! Plus a few lesser humanoid life-forms I keep in sacks
Relocate?: Currently being relocated, yes
Citizen of: Britain, Allah bless its multicultural tolerance
Body: Partially metallic
Looks: Monocular
Religion: Extreme
Education level: I got blown up clearing landmines. How much more do you need to know?
Occupation: Cleric/pantomime pirate
Smoking: Only after landmine incidents
Drinking: Never drink. But Im very good at retrieving martini olives
Zodiac Sign: Semtex

Posted by Tim Blair at May 27, 2004 05:41 PM

Don't you know that its only men who are evil in the world Tim? And white men too.

That's why the left has been so busy morphing Condi Rice into a white man.

Posted by: Quentin George at May 27, 2004 at 05:47 PM

The sexism I can live with, but they have unforgivably low standards for what they consider constitutes 'angelic-looking'.

Posted by: Harry Tuttle at May 27, 2004 at 05:52 PM

She has a head like a robbers dog, who cares what she looks like, its her actions that define her.

Why do they feel sorry for her, ah I forgot, shes planning to attack the US so thats Ok in the SMH eyes.

Posted by: Nuffy at May 27, 2004 at 06:12 PM

Uh, she looks pretty "dangerous" to me. That "thousand-yard stare" is one tipoff. The cold dead gaze of a psychopath.

Posted by: gnotalex at May 27, 2004 at 06:13 PM

Uh Tim? Could you not take out a subscription for me
too? Thanks in advance Mike.

Posted by: Mike H. at May 27, 2004 at 06:14 PM

Evil hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza was due to be arrested early today.

As a faintly greeny pinko lefty type, allow me to say:

Fucking good.

Shoot him.

Posted by: Brendan at May 27, 2004 at 06:14 PM

"This crude sexism has no place in a reputable newspaper. "

Your point being?

Posted by: donnyc at May 27, 2004 at 06:14 PM

umm, I think you missed the point on the SMH story. The reason the SMH pointed out her looks was not because she was innocent or even good looking, but that she didn't fit the mold of the terrorist we look for. We'd be far more suspicious of an arab with a beard with a funny hat hanging around a nuclear power plant taking photos. We'd be less so of an innocent looking female with an "angelic face". I don't think the point was to say that a woman couldn't be a terrorist, rather we don't think of women as terrorists. That's why the FBI was at pains to point out that she's dangerous, simply because she doesn't look like an "evil-doer".

Posted by: Rowen at May 27, 2004 at 06:27 PM

what is wrong with U all she is hotty!

Posted by: Bilal at May 27, 2004 at 06:33 PM

What I will never understand is why that good looking devil Hook Hands was not feeding the fishes at the bottom of the English Channel months ago.

The Kray Twins would have broken out the Shooters and made him very 'brown bread' for threatening their 'manor' i.e. the whole of England.

Posted by: Dog at May 27, 2004 at 06:41 PM

It was the hook hand that gave him away to The Sun. Just as well he didn't have a hunchback also.

Posted by: narkynark at May 27, 2004 at 07:04 PM

Altogether now:

He was a one-eyed, hook-handed, alleged evil hate preacher,
(one-eyed, hook-handed alleged evil hate preacher)
A one-eyed hook-handed alleged evil hate preacher
Sure looked strage to me.

(Sung to the tune of Purple People Eater.

Posted by: Alex Robson at May 27, 2004 at 07:10 PM

The perfumed dogs of infidelity shall not tempt me. Allahu Akbar!


Posted by: AKBAR THE GREAT at May 27, 2004 at 07:40 PM

Rowan, she's not dangerous; this angel-faced neuro-scientist is merely deemed "dangerous" by the FBI.

Posted by: Sean at May 27, 2004 at 08:13 PM

I've been reading about Abu Hamza, off and on for a couple of years via the UK online papers. Pretty nasty looking and speaking.

I'm glad the UK can finally get him out of the country .. BUT WHY DOES HE HAVE TO COME TO THE US? If he's wanted in Yemen, let's send him there first. After all, he was wanted in Yemen before the US ever wanted him. If Yemen can't keep him confined to jail for whatever his crimes are, then we can have a go at it.

I can just imagine all the nutzos in the US taking up 'the cause' for good Ole Hook! It's not worth the bother unless Yemen can't convict him.
He's been a pain in the a## for the Brits and now he'll become our pain in the a##.

I bet Amnesty International will take up his cause since he's coming to a country with such a terrible reputation for human rights abuses. The ACLU will provide great lawyers for this creep, free of charge.

Posted by: Chris Josephson at May 27, 2004 at 08:20 PM

Did they ever pin the rap on Hamza for the murder of Helen Kimble?

Brendon: Good on you. Pinko lefties like you, we can do business with.

Posted by: Uncle Milk at May 27, 2004 at 09:39 PM

Siddiqui, a 'picture of innocence'?

What a joke. She looks like a Pakistani Aileen Wuornos.

Posted by: Byron_the_Aussie at May 27, 2004 at 11:28 PM

Good for the UK, arresting that religious puke!

And I don't mind bringing him to the USA. We can throw him in the same cell as Terry Nichols.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at May 28, 2004 at 12:33 AM

Any chick who went to MIT cannot be considered good looking.

Posted by: Yan at May 28, 2004 at 12:37 AM

"An angelic-looking Pakistani woman ..."

If that's what angels look like in SMH-world, that's a world I don't even want get anywhere near.

Now it they'd wrote "A spawn-of-Satan-looking Pakistani women ...", I'd say that the SMH and I pretty much live in the same world.

Posted by: David Crawford at May 28, 2004 at 02:23 AM

"An angelic-looking Pakistani woman ..."

QUICK, someone help me. I must alert the SMH! You see, one of those female US troops involved in that prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq was quite "angelic-looking", in my opinion. The SMH would want to petition immediately to have her set free...

Posted by: Richard at May 28, 2004 at 02:39 AM

Now all thats left to do is put him in a wheelchair and fire a missile at him. I can only dream

Posted by: Troy at May 28, 2004 at 02:52 AM

Does she look anything at all like those 72 virgins promised to suicide bombers? Maybe the picture should be more widely distributed, say, in Palestine. Might slow up recruiting.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at May 28, 2004 at 02:55 AM

About time.

The guy looks like a terrorist from Central Casting!

Posted by: PJ at May 28, 2004 at 03:06 AM

One distressing fact: under EU Law extradition cannot occur unless the extraditing country pledges not to apply the death penalty on conviction. So at best we'll have this scumbag taking up a jail cell and possibly becoming a bargaining chip for some hostage-taking terrorists. He needs to 'fall down' at least fifteen flights of stairs, pronto.

Posted by: David Gillies at May 28, 2004 at 03:21 AM

If being white or being a man is so bad why does Michael Jackson want to become both but despite spending millions of dollars cannot convincingly display any characteristics of either?

Posted by: Robert Speirs at May 28, 2004 at 05:30 AM

Can we arrange an "escape" at 35,000 ft. over mid-Atlantic?

Posted by: mojo at May 28, 2004 at 05:54 AM

Angelic looking Pakistani?
They aint gonna like that comparison in Islamoworld

Posted by: yoy at May 28, 2004 at 06:40 AM

David Gillies - has Britain ceded itself to EU law yet? I was under the impression they hadn't taken that final step yet, much to Polly "Nigerian email scam? Wot?" Toynbee's chagrin.

But I could be wrong.

Anyway, apparently Britain and the US have a recently implemented extradition agreement with us. I think that's what's allowed this action.

Posted by: Steve in Houston at May 28, 2004 at 08:13 AM

angelic pakistini. an oxymoron??

Posted by: tricia01 at May 28, 2004 at 12:07 PM

The associate editor of the Daily Telegraph has a rather personal view on the arrest.

Posted by: attila at May 28, 2004 at 01:19 PM

So that's why arab women wear veils . . . .

Posted by: steve at May 28, 2004 at 02:02 PM

Umm, am I the only one who recalls Claude Rains' line out of "Casablanca" after Peter Lorre gets arrested? "Yes, I'm making out the report now. I haven't yet decided whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape..."

Posted by: Pacman at May 28, 2004 at 06:57 PM

That's what happens when you spend too much time within eyeshot of Margo. Compared to the Margoyle, Satan himself is angelic-looking.

Posted by: Clem Snide at May 28, 2004 at 11:29 PM

Let me guess: This is a new revision of the old pirate joke, right?

Posted by: Ken Summers at May 29, 2004 at 01:31 AM

all abu hamza needs is a little "queer eye for the al-qaeda guy" action...

Posted by: Cardinal Fang at May 29, 2004 at 01:44 AM