From The Last English Prince:
“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” President Barack Obama, 2012
The history is front seat, embedded in my psyche. The Federal Bureau of Investigation attacked a freedom of expression event using a proxy. For this, the agency must be brought to account.
Flashback to the Draw Muhammad Exhibition: Reaching into my closet for black slacks and a matching blouse my heart was calm. My husband had offered to take me to the event and wait in the parking lot until the exhibition was complete.
The deal we had struck was that I would only allow him to accompany me if he vacated the parking lot, camped out at a local restaurant, and awaited my phone call.
As a journalist engaged in on-the-ground interface with Muslims for a decade, my gut told me that at least one individual would not be able to resist the call to jihad. This would be Charlie Hebdo in Garland, Texas.
The attack came. The jihadists were drawn into a kill box and a security guard was shot – possibly by friendly fire. But I do not think of the security guard.
My mind is drawn to the matrix in which we were placed. There was no woman in the red dress. But there was a pre-teen red-headed girl. She was beautiful – her straight, long hair swaying across her back. There was no woman in a red dress but there was an elderly couple, the woman crowned with the white hair which she has earned, the wrinkles which are a private road map to her life, hopes, and dreams.
We did not ask for this. We were human guinea pigs in a laboratory ...GO READ THE WHOLE THING.