Back in June of 2007 I wrote an article about two Muslims who drove a Jeep Cherokee loaded with propane canisters into the glass doors of the Glasgow International Airport terminal and set it ablaze.
Within a week of the attack the following joke began circulating which I held off publishing:
Photo Credit: BBC
1 Tank of Petrol..........£30
4 Gas canisters........£25 each
Second hand Jeep ...£2,540
Watching 2 Pakis getting burned alive....priceless
There are some things money can't buy, for everything else there's Mastercard.
The reason I held off was that I wasn't sure at the time of the nationality of the perpetrators.
It was finally learned that the perpetrators were Dr. Bilal Abdullah, 27, a UK-born doctor of Iraqi descent and Khalid Ahmed, 28, born in India. Ahmed, an aeronautics engineer, was studying at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, in the UK.
Abdullah was eventually convicted of conspiracy to murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. Ahmed was taken to hospital after the attack and treated for burns over 90% of his body and died from his injuries a little over a month later.
The Internet joke was wrong on two counts: they were not from Pakistan, and only one died from his burns. The joke, however, is right about one thing, there are some things money can't buy and Muslims blowing themselves up without hurting anyone else is one of them.
Correction: I originally had the age of Ahmed as 59. I substituted the correct age of 28.