The activities on the plane aren't the only things that sound bad. - Once again keeping abreast of the news on the story of Annie Jacobsen and the ordeal on Flight 327, Michelle Malkin points us to the website of Heather Wilhelm and her article, "Mother of a Martyr" Nour Mehana's Greatest Hits.
Wilhelm did some great digging into that Syrian lounge singer/band leader, Nour Mehana, and discovered what I consider to be good reason to remain skeptical about the intent of these Syrian men on that plane.
Mr. Mehana has a nice little song on his recent CD, by the way. It's called "Um El Shaheed."
In English, that's "Mother of a Martyr."
I noticed "Um El Shaheed" on Nour Mehana's web site. "Shaheed," I knew, meant "martyr," but that was as far as my Arabic could go. Since martyrdom seemed an odd topic for a casino crooner, I called the Middle East Media Research Institute. I spoke with Aluma Dankowtiz, who is fluent in Arabic, to find out exactly what Mr. Mehana has to say.
"Mother of a Martyr" glorifies the death of a young Palestinian. Mehana sings to a grieving mother that she should not be sad, because her son, who died as a martyr, is a hero. She should be happy that her son is gone, Mehana croons, because freeing Palestine and the Golan Heights are heroic goals. The song, which starts slow and solemn, ends with a triumphant chorus, celebrating the martyr's glorious death: "Allahu Akbar...Allahu Akbar...Allahu Akbar!"
Click over for the full read. It's very much worth your time.
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