Skip to comments.Kids' tribute to suicide bomber [in UK]
Posted on 05/15/2004 8:43:07 AM PDT by aculeus
SHEFFIELD youngsters have paid tribute to their "fantastic" martial arts instructor, a man who died in a suicide bomb attack on US troops in Iraq.
Tae kwon do pupils at the Goodwill Community Centre spoke of their much-loved teacher Wail al Dhaleai, aged 22, of Clover Gardens, Wincobank, who set up classes a year ago.
Staff and some pupils at the centre, on Rothay Road, Grimesthorpe, were heartbroken when the martial arts expert blew himself up in Iraq last November. When his pupils took their first tae kwon do grading exam, they said they did it for him.
Sammy Noor, aged 14, of Wensley Street, Grimes-thorpe, said: "He was one of the nicest people I have ever met. We had a laugh with him and he made it fun for us so that we wanted to train with him.
"I felt like when I got my grading, I did it for him. When he trained us he used to say 'don't stop, keep training.' He wanted to make us good fighters."
"I was upset because he was a friend to us. I used to see him at prayer at the mosque as well as at the classes.
"We used to joke with him and have a laugh with him, we only found out what happened to him in the newspaper." Parent Hussein Saleh, 38, paid tribute to the man who "boosted the community" by opening the first martial arts class at the centre.
"He was fantastic and what he did for these kids is what no one had ever done before. We needed Wail. Getting them here after school was getting them off the streets. "He gave them the determination to carry on and be a black belt. He was such a good teacher. Discipline was his speciality."
His son Ezzadean Hussein, 11, was among the first pupils at the centre taught by Wail. He described the teacher as popular and witty.
Wail was a Yemeni who fled to Britain after clashing with the authorities in his home country three years ago. He apparently built a new life in Sheffield, marrying and studying on a computer course and teaching at the centre.
Wail was married to British-born Layla and they were expecting their second child when Wail left to go to Iraq.
He had given no hint of involvement with any extreme organisation and it is not clear how he was persuaded to get involved in action.
Centre supervisor Abdallah Abdoh said: "He said he was going as a trainer to Dubai, where he said he would earn a lot of money.
"The kids loved him and they were quite shocked when they found out. We felt sorry for Wail."
The centre was forced to get CCTV after bins were set fire near the building in the wake of the suicide bomb attack.
"We think it was a reaction to what happened."
I bugged out of a Karate school due to a few political statements by the Master that I just couldn't agree with. It has made me wonder how many of these schools train people that really do just hate America.
"O.K. kids, now repeat after me....."
Operation Sealion Redux?
Operation Sealion visa vis 2003 ping
No! Why I declare, I never would have suspected! (/sarcasm)
Well, hope the kiddies learn a lesson.....can't trust an Islamic Jihadist.....
This is digusting. Note the language "we were shocked when we heard what happened TO him." - Nothing happened TO him - he tried to murder some people.
I wonder when the Boston Globe or CBS will cover this story?
Without a retraction that school should be disbanded. No "school" should exist where murder is promoted.
He didn't "die in a suicide bomb attack".
An innocent victim would DIE in a homicide bomb attack.
This radical KILLED HIMSELF while carrying out a HOMICIDE bomb attack.
And Michael Moore probably defends him (he has said that the people we fight in Iraq now aren't "terrorists" or even "the enemy"; he has also said "THEY WILL WIN.").
They don't even mention if any coalition soldiers or Iraqis were injured or killed by the bombing!
All they care about is the symbolism behind the act, not the act itself!
Skilled for jihad. One of the things we don't take into consideration when people say "I would've tried to overpower the hijackers" is that these fighters are skilled in commando techniques. Hand to hand combat, they trained in the hull of an airplane, were armed, etc.
I agree that a Hail Mary play is better than dying slaughtered by your own lack of effort but I just want to reitterate what we are up against.
dude, check the names and reread the article - these kids ARE jihadis.
"He was one of the nicest people I have ever met. We had a laugh with him and he made it fun for us so that we wanted to train with him."
Yeah, he was a real blast.
Where is that available?
Do you mean the link? I just rechecked and it is working.