For years, he was a fixture in Lower Manhattan, as regular as the sunrise. Every morning, Najibullah Zazi would be there on Stone Street with his pastries and his coffee, his vending cart anchored to the sidewalk.
For many on Wall Street — young, old, all in a hurry, the charging bulls of Bowling Green — his was the first hello of the day. Affable and rooted, he lived for 10 years in the same apartment with his family in Flushing, Queens. His father drove a cab for more than 15 years.
He was, in other words, no brooding outcast, no sheltered, suggestible loner raised in a closed community.
He was the smiling man who remembered a customer liked his coffee large, light and sweet. He had a “God Bless America” sign on his cart. He was the doughnut man.
But prosecutors say Mr. Zazi, 24, who worked blocks from ground zero, was just as furtive an operative as the Sept. 11 hijackers when he traveled to Pakistan last year for terrorism training and returned to the United States with a plan to build bombs using beauty supplies and backpacks.
- WHY TAKE A CHANCE ON SUPPORTING A JIHADIST, OR A MUSLIM WHO SENDS MONEY TO JIHADISTS.
- NY'ERS SHOULD STOP BUYING ANYTHING FROM MUSLIM VENDORS AND SHOULDN'T RIDE IN THEIR CABS.
- BOYCOTT EVERYTHING MUSLIM.
MAYBE GOOD MUSLIMS WILL STOP HARBORING AND EXCUSING THE BAD MUSLIMS, AND THAT WILL MAKE IT HARDER FOR THEM TO BLEND IN.
IS THIS RACIST? NO; ISLAM IS NOT A RACE; IT'S A VIOLENT IDEOLOGY.
BESIDES, THE LEFT IS DOING IT TO ISRAEL. TURNABOUT IS FAIRPLAY.
BOTTOM-LINE: IT MIGHT MAKE US SAFER.