Orlando terrorist’s dad turns out to be politically active himself

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Seddique Mateen

The Afghan-born father of Omar Mateen, the man police identified as the gunman who killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Florida, is a fringe political commentator who rails against Pakistan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Seddique Mateen, who public records indicate is the father of Omar Mateen, had an occasional television show on a US-based Afghan satellite channel for about three years, and has continued to post political commentaries on his Facebook page as recently as Sunday (local time).

Omar Khatab, the owner of the California-based satellite channel Payam-e-Afghan, said in an interview that Seddique Mateen occasionally bought time on his channel to broadcast a show called Durand Jirga, which focused in part on the disputed Durand Line, the frontier between Afghanistan and Pakistan demarcated by the Indian subcontinent’s former British rulers.

That puts his earlier comments about his son’s actions in a whole new context. 

In an interview with NBC News on Sunday, Seddique Mateen, also known as Mir Siddique, said his son’s rampage had “nothing to do with religion.”

He described an incident in downtown Miami in which his son, US-born Omar Mateen, 29, of Florida, saw two men kissing in front of his wife and child and became very angry.
“We are saying we are apologising for the whole incident,” NBC News quoted Seddique Mateen as saying. “We weren’t aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country.”

Seddique Mateen lives in Florida, according to public records, but it was not immediately known when he came to the United States. He did not return messages left on his phone, which appeared to be turned off, or respond to an email.

Khatab said Seddique Mateen would show up at his studio in Canoga Park, California, “three or four times a year” to tape his shows.

“He’d talk for about two to three hours,” Khatab said in a phone interview. “He’d buy his own time and come here and broadcast and leave within a day.”

So, the questions remain: Why would any country allow such “refugees” to come and live there when they bring with them these kinds of hangups? Why should any non-Muslim country accept any further Muslim refugees?

Would it not be simpler and safer to not take such risks?

It doesn’t actually matter if we take 750 or 1500. What does matter is that we only accept immigrants who are willing and capable of accepting our way of life. That includes gays, women as equals and leaving your needs for revenge at the door.

 

– JONATHAN LANDAY AND YEGANEH TORBATI, Reuters, via Stuff


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