Skip to comments.Australia's Plucky Blond Jihadi ('the Elizabeth Taylor of the jihad')
Posted on 08/09/2009 12:41:55 AM PDT by nickcarraway
The Mother of Mohammed by Sally Neighbour
Reviewed by David Wilson
What drives a blonde Australian beach bunny to go on jihad? That extraordinary question serves as the premise for one of the most absorbing non-fiction titles to surface this year.
The Mother of Mohammed (MUP) by Australian journalist Sally Neighbour, 48, digs into the background of the beach bunny in question, Rabiah - born Robyn - Hutchinson, with flair, wit and candor. This book pulls no punches.
"She was a scrawny, pale-skinned runt, with a shock of frizzy white-blonde hair and an eye-patch she wore from the age of two to correct a severe astigmatism," Neighbour writes. "What she
lacked in physical stature she made up for in sheer pluck, as she stumbled through the bush behind her brother like a pint-sized pirate, game for almost anything," she adds, before proceeding to document her subject's slide into radical politics and the surreal exoticism of war-torn Afghanistan.
Rabiah spent four years working as a doctor in a mujahideen hospital and orphanage on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border during the Afghan jihad in the early 1990s. She later returned to Afghanistan under the Taliban and married a leading al-Qaeda ideologue and member of Osama bin Laden's inner circle. Her fellow jihadis knew her as "Umm Mohammed", meaning the mother of Mohammed. She has been described by a former US Central Intelligence Agency agent as "the Elizabeth Taylor of the jihad".
(Excerpt) Read more at atimes.com ...
Oh good, we can name a Predator after her.
The Mother of All Mohammeds
Huh, Elizabeth Taylor with an eye patch and frizzy hair?
More like Captain Jack Sparrow.
Note: Photo included.
“’Mother of militant Islam’ overseas ban”
May 11th, 2009
PHOTO CAPTION: “SECURITY CONCERNS: Former Darwin mother Rabiah Hutchinson is not allowed to travel overseas”
SNIPPET: “A FORMER Territorian - branded “the mother of militant Islam in Australia” - has been banned from travelling abroad because she is a national security risk.
Rabiah Hutchinson told The Australian her passport was cancelled after returning from Iran in 2003 because of her links to Al-Qa’ida and Indonesian militant group Jemaah Islamiah.
An ASIO assessment reportedly said Ms Hutchinson had “directly supported extremist activities” and, if allowed to travel, was “likely to engage in conduct that might prejudice the security of Australia or a foreign country.”
Ms Hutchinson said she wanted to visit her daughters in Afghanistan.”
SNIPPET: “Ms Hutchinson’s Darwin-born sons, Mohammed, 23, and Abdullah, 21, were last year interviewed by ASIO agents when they applied to renew their passports at the Australian Embassy in Beirut.
Lebanese officials refused to renew their visas so they fled to Dubai.
They had been living in a small village outside the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli after they were arrested on terrorism charges and deported from Yemen.
Ms Hutchinson moved to Darwin in the 1980s, but later joined a student Islamic group involved in the resistance against Indonesian president Suharto.
In 1990 she travelled to northwest Pakistan with her six children to “join the jihad”.”
"Rabiah Hutchinson told The Australian her passport was cancelled after returning from Iran in 2003 because of her links to Al-Qaida and Indonesian militant group Jemaah Islamiah."
She needs to get laid, but even goats have standards.
What a looker?
I was wondering when Jihad would become chic and trendy. I assume Osama bin Laden tee shirts are next.
Pretty much describes liberal America-hating Democrats.
radical nihilistic politics = islam
perfect fit for these zombies.
It’s called “going native.” Nothing new, really. Pretty disgraceful, though.
SECURITY CONCERNS: Former Darwin mother Rabiah Hutchinson is not allowed to travel overseas
honey, dressed like that you should be banned, from alot of things
Woohooo! I can see you guys out there but you can’t see me-ee!
If some 3rd-rate producer in Hollywood were to come up with a sci-fi TV show where an otherworldly culture forces women to dress up like this, we'd all say "that's just ridiculous".
But that's exactly what we get with Muslims.
"Islam: Too goofy for SyFy!"
Is that one of the new villains from Stargate Universe? First look!
Actually she has been.. a lot. She's not called Elizabeth Taylor of the jihad for nothing.
“the sun will rise in the west” bump
Am I first? Guilty.
The author (Neighbour) is an idiot:
“During her exhaustive investigation of Islamic culture, Neighbour herself became less prone to judge.
Her view toward people that the West sees as Islamic extremists and thus fears and loathes has changed. “I think words like ‘extremist’ are bandied around too readily,” she says, suggesting that “extreme” does not necessarily mean “dangerous”.
As applies to Rabiah, it is possible for someone to have extreme religious or political beliefs, without either wanting to force them on others or posing a threat to people who do not share them.
“Rabiah would like to live in an Islamic state. However, she doesn’t think Australia should be one, or that anyone else should have to live in one unless they want to.”
Australia should, it seems, learn to tolerate others it sees as extreme - like the people who want to build an Islamic school in Camden, New South Wales - and realize that their beliefs, extreme or otherwise, pose no threat.
Like many Australians, Neighbour once reacted with horror when she saw a woman in what she called a burqa although the black Islamic face veil worn by Salafist women in Australia is actually called a niqab (the burqa is the Afghan all-in-one gown that covers the face).
Neighbour once saw the veil as a symbol of oppression and ignorance and tyranny. But she has discovered that women who wear the veil are usually “tough, independent, feisty, funny and very strong - they have to be to put up with the abuse they cop”.
Now, when Neighbour sees a veil, she just registers a garment that happens to signify a particular religious belief. “And I know that behind it there is a woman - just like me.”
Wow that took longer than I expected. My first thoughts too.