There are many Americans living in the Middle East who work in the economic, energy, security sectors and even as teachers. With the rise of ISIS and its call for individual jihadist attacks, those expatriates must be even more vigilant and “situationally aware” of their surroundings. Sadly, we already have a fatal example.
As reported by Fox News, “The United Arab Emirates’ interior minister said Thursday that police have arrested a female suspect in the killing of an American schoolteacher in an upscale Abu Dhabi mall. After carrying out the murder at the Boutik Mall on the capital’s Reem Island, the attacker also left a makeshift bomb at the house of a 46-year-old Egyptian-American doctor in the prominent waterfront Corniche area, authorities revealed.”
“One of the doctor’s sons discovered the device as he headed out for sunset prayers at a local mosque, and police were able to dismantle it before it could cause any damage, Interior Minister Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan said. The bomb, which authorities described as primitive, included small gas cylinders, a lighter, glue and nails.”
For those of you who missed it, an American kindergarten teacher named Ibolya Ryan, 47, the mother of 11-year-old twin boys, was stabbed to death by a woman clad in the traditional full black veiled garb familiar in the Middle East in a women’s bathroom.
And now it appears the suspect arrested is part of a bigger female jihadist cell. Of course in America, this would be referred to as a woman-caused disaster of bathroom violence.
However, what is somewhat disturbing is that according to Fox, “ the stabbing comes on the heels of a security warning from the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi in late October, advising Americans of a “recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website that encouraged attacks against teachers at American and other international schools in the Middle East. “The Mission is unaware of any specific, credible threat against any American or other school or individual in the United Arab Emirates (UAE),” the warning reads. “Nonetheless, the Mission is working with local schools identified with the United States to review their security posture.” On Wednesday, the embassy said it a statement that it is “working with all the appropriate authorities to seek further information” about the killing and advised Americans to keep a low profile while traveling in public.”
“Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is also deputy prime minister, said the attacker targeted her victims based on their nationality alone in an attempt to create chaos and terrorize the country. He called the stabbing a crime that is “alien to our secure country.” “The victim of this brutal crime was a schoolteacher who was committed to building strong future generations,” he told reporters.”
We know the UAE has been a stalwart supporter against Islamic terrorism and I believe (hope) they will conduct a full systemic investigation to purge any jihadist cells operating in their country.
Ms. Ryan was Hungarian, born in Romania, and later became an American citizen. She trained in the U.S. as a teacher before being assigned to the United Arab Emirates in September 2013. She is divorced, so her sons’ father traveled to Abu Dhabi to retrieve the two boys.
The suspect’s apprehension was aided by security video, which tracked her entering the Boutik Mall and her exit. The lesson learned is that we must begin to take the threats being promulgated by Islamic jihadists on social media very seriously. We cannot continue to dismiss this enemy under the ruse of political correctness — resulting in the slow drip death of Americans and others.
The reality of Islamic terrorists and terrorism must become our own. We do not need to offer this enemy our regards, or attempt to empathize and understand their perspective. Yes, I do respect my enemy – as far as their capability, capacity, and objectives. They don’t understand “soft power.” The only respect and regard strength and might — and when we fail to exhibit it, well, a kindergarten teacher and mother of twin boys loses her life.