September 18, 2008, - 2:24 pm

Allah’s Irony: Only American Dead in Yemeni Terrorist Attack was Relative of Lackawanna Six Terrorist

By Debbie Schlussel
Even though we know yesterday’s Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen were targeted at Americans and America, it’s ironic that the only American who died was a relative of Jaber El-Baneh, the fugitive seventh member of the Lackawanna Six Al-Qaeda terrorists–homegrown terrorists in Suburban Buffalo.
I’ve written about Jaber El-Baneh–who, in 2005, was allowed to escape a Yemeni prison by Yemeni police and prison guards and who has never faced justice in America for training to foment terrorist attacks on our soil.


Jihad Irony: Susan El-Baneh & Relative Jaber El-Baneh

Al-Qaeda’s Only American Victim Yesterday was Al-Qaeda Relative

Mr. El-Baneh trained at the Al-Farooq terrorist training camp run by Osama Bin Laden and was indicted. He eventually returned to Yemeni authorities, but they refuse to extradite him and let us try him here. In Yemen, he was convicted of participating in Al-Qaeda attacks including the bombing of the French Limburg oil tanker in 2002.
Since Muslims usually look at successful terrorist attacks (and hurricanes and other natural disasters) against us Westerners as a sign that “Allah is on our [the Muslims’] side,” one wonders how they look at the death of Susan El-Baneh. Although Susan El-Baneh was only a relative, she was a devout Muslim in a family that fiercely supported the views and behavior of terrorist Jaber El-Baneh.
Susan El-Baneh’s family tried to avoid talking about their terrorist relative, Mr. El-Baneh, with the press and tried to stress that “anyone can be a victim of a terrorist attack.” But let’s be clear. Again, the attack was against an American target for a reason, not to strike and send a message to just “anyone.” And I’d bet if they could choose the American they killed, Susan El-Baneh, relative of one of their own, wouldn’t have exactly been their first choice, or even their 3,000th.
Yemen is a hotbed of American hatred and a place where Al-Qaeda is not only welcome but terrorists, including one from Buffalo and several who attacked the U.S.S. Cole, are broken out of prison with the help of Yemeni police and its government. It’s very likely that Ms. El-Baneh and the Yemeni arranged marriage hubby she was bringing here didn’t exactly hate their Lackawanna Six family member or his efforts and “training”. In fact, I’m quite sure they were all in favor of it, like the rest of the El-Baneh family in Buffalo.

Eighteen-year-old Susan El-Baneh and her husband of three weeks died holding hands, her brother said, victims of a terrorist attack Wednesday on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen. [DS: An they know this because . . .?] American citizen Susan El-Baneh, 18, and her Yemeni husband of less than a month were killed in the attack.
The Lackawanna, New York, native, a high school senior, had gone to the Arabian Peninsula country a month ago for an arranged marriage. She and her husband were in the waiting area of the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, trying to find out the procedure to bring her spouse back to the United States. Susan El-Baneh was the only American killed in the attack. . . .
Susan El-Baneh had traveled to Yemen 30 days earlier with younger brother and mother, who gave her away during the wedding. . . .
She was going to go there and try and bring her new husband back to the United States after paperwork was done and then complete her last year of high school.” . . .
Susan El-Baneh probably was going to come back to the United States in December, her brother said, or whenever the paperwork for her new husband was cleared. She planned to finish her final year at Lackawanna High School . . . .
Susan El-Baneh is related to Yemeni-American Jaber El-Baneh, who is on the FBI’s most-wanted list, accused of being the seventh member of the Lackawanna Six. The six were convicted or providing material support to al Qaeda.
El-Baneh confirmed the relation but preferred to talk about his sister and how the attack proved anyone can be the target of a terrorist act.

Anyone? Then, why did they choose the American Embassy?
Yes, anyone can inadvertently end up the victim of an Islamic terrorist plot. But not just anyone is the target. The U.S. Embassy was targeted for a reason, and that reason wasn’t Ms. El-Baneh.
The reason was you and me. She and her family will never be the intended victims, though they belligerently supported their relative who was a would-be perpetrator.
It’s sure different when the shoe(-bomb) is on the other foot, isn’t it?
It is a miracle that other Americans–especially Americans who didn’t come from Al-Qaeda families–weren’t killed.
Susan El-Baneh’s relative targeted Americans on behalf of Al-Qaeda on American soil and failed to kill any. Al-Qaeda targeted Americans on Yemeni soil and hit a relative of one of their own.
I think Allah is sending Muslims a message: Allah is not on your side. Pick up your marbles, er . . . ball-bearings, and go home.
Thanks to reader Mark for the tip.

13 Responses

G-d has a strange sense of humor. And nothing in this world happens by coincidence. Those who do evil will sooner or later pay the price.

NormanF on September 18, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Sickly the MSM media wont report the jihad is still going on, but their take is that because of the war in Iraq these are consequences. So now the media and the lefty sickos (being traitorous) will justify any attack on our embassies by passing it over by saying “if we didn’t start this war….”
I say we close any embassy in any Muslim nation. Why allow them to take any shots at us and dont allow any visas from these countries.

californiascreaming on September 18, 2008 at 3:40 pm

Poetic justice does indeed happen sometimes.
Thanks for the story Debbie.

Rocky on September 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm

She could go marry someone from a flaky country where terrorists are known to spawn, and almost immediately bring this strange male back to the US?
When I married a Ukranian woman, I had to wait 9 months for visa processing, and two years after marriage, even with a kid, I will have to “Prove” a relationship to the INS!!!
Who fears sweet Russian/Ukranian females more than they fear 20-30 year old Yemini Muslim males? Oh yeah, the American left. And their cronies in State and USCIS.

Smarty on September 18, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Who hangs around in the hellhole that is Yemen anyhow?
George Bush is bringing in Muslims left and right. Counting the days…

lexi on September 18, 2008 at 7:22 pm

I have been told that amongst the Arab muslims–the Yemenis are regarded as the lowest of the low. Not sure exactly why–but they are like the Samaritans of old to them. They occupy a part of Dearbornistan that makes it akin to the local muslim skid row–highly despised by the other muslims.
I wonder how the Yemenis rank vs. the black African muslims in their heirarchy of the dar islam?? or vs. the faux Calypso Looey variety “nation of islam” black muslims–tell us DS. Are they the low-lifes of the jihad?
Anyway–I feel sooooo bad that these terrorists blew up one of their own relatives. sniff sniff. Perhaps, it is a great O-men from Ye-men.

BB on September 18, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Now THAT is an example of karma

mindy1 on September 18, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Poetic justice: Live by the bomb, die by the bomb.
Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of savages.
It’s like what also happened to that other pious muzlum, Moustapha Akkad, and his daughter, in Amman, Jordan in 2005 – they were both blown to bits by fellow muzlums carrying out their jihad.
Moustapha Akkad produced several of the “Halloween” movies. He was about to engage in his own propaganda film about Saladn and the Crusades. He was in the process of producing the $80 million movie featuring Sean Connery that would be filmed in Jordan when he got blown up attending a wedding. Speaking of the film, he said:
ì …Saladin exactly portrays Islam. Right now, Islam is portrayed as a terrorist religion. Because a few terrorists are Muslims, the whole religion has that image. If there ever was a religious war full of terror, it was the Crusades.
AND, that lying, bastard motherfucker and his spawn enjoyed life living in America…the land of the Infidel.
Fuck them all. I just wish the muzlums would annihilate each other, TOTALLY!

Thee_Bruno on September 18, 2008 at 9:45 pm

It’s like, karma dude.
I agree with Thee Bruno.

samurai on September 18, 2008 at 9:59 pm

Either the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing, or someone is lying (Taqiya). From JihadWatch (
“It is the sheikh Osama bin Ladenís word that Yemen should not be a battleground.”

I_am_me on September 19, 2008 at 8:09 am

My neighborhood here in Brooklyn is full of Yemeni’s. The shopkeepers disappear regularly to go to their homeland. Sometimes they come back – sometimes they don’t. I can usually tell when they’ve been there recently by the way they act.

nyone on September 19, 2008 at 12:41 pm

I had the extreme displeasure of attending a graduation ceremony at Lakawanna High a couple of years ago. I have never been witness to a more unruly, disrespectful crowd than the Muslims I saw there that day. They never shut up or stopped moving around during the entire event.
Buffalo is toast.

Southernops on September 19, 2008 at 3:14 pm

I like her career path. Relative of Jihadi plotters, she decides to further her nursing career by going to Yemen to GET MARRIED! Great career move, Begum. Oh, and she was going to continue her schooling after she returned, as opposed to starting her ‘inner struggle’ after conceiving a Mohammedan? No suitable men in the US – not even Mohammedan men of Yemeni origin – that she could have become tilth to, so she moved to Yemen to become the tilth of one of the worthier Mohammedans from there.
More seriously, her 2 fold plan was bring in a male Yemeni Jihadi from the home country by becoming his tilth, and once here, maybe give birth to some 10 Mohammedans who could grow up and join in the Jihad.
I don’t normally say this, but for this attack in Yemen, praise be to Allah. Maybe this girl is a new virgin in the paradise.

Infidel Pride on September 19, 2008 at 3:27 pm

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