“We do not accept your democracy or your freedom because we already have Sharia [sacred Muslim] law and freedom . . . The past nine years, the war with Muslims has achieved nothing for the US, except for it has waken up the Muslims for Islam,” he said.
“We are only Muslims trying to defend our religion, people, honor and land. But if you call us terrorists for doing that, then we are proud terrorists, and we will keep on terrorizing until you leave our land and people at peace.”
And although the coward’s plot did not involve suicide, he said, “If I am given a thousand lives, I will sacrifice them all for the sake of Allah fighting this cause, defending our lands, making the word of Allah supreme over any religion or system.“
Speaking without notes during an obviously well-rehearsed speech, Shahzad recalled the words of former President George W. Bush “when he started the war on us, on Muslims.”
“He said, ‘You are either with us or against us.’ And so it’s very clear for us Muslims, either we are with the mujahedeen or we are with crusading Jews and Christians,” Shahzad said.
Shahzad also urged Americans to convert to Islam, “so that when you meet Allah on the day of resurrection, you will not be able to say nobody gave you the message.”
Shahzad — who faced a mandatory life sentence after pleading guilty to all charges in the May 1 incident — greeted his punishment with a grin and repeated exclamations of “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.”
During Tuesday’s sentencing, Cedarbaum asked Shahzad about swearing to defend Americans when he became a naturalized citizen.
“I swore but I didn’t mean it,” he said.
This is worrying. Mr Shahzad was what everyone would call a “moderate” on the outside. Someone with a good job, a good life and no sign of extremism. And yet he was planning to be a terrorist jackass throughout all this time.
Can we revoke Shahzad’s citizenship? Seeing that he lied, there shouldn’t be any problem.
Time Square bomber gets life sentence.