Terrorist’s Mom says we should be more empathetic to terrorists. Plus he liked birds, so there’s that.

“So my son was a terrorist, but he was not just that, he still found beauty in birds and nature.”

“For the rest of us, I am equally scared that Michael succeeded in making all of us harder, more intolerant of others and their differences. It is easy to hate and to blame others. …. Why are we so scared of difference? Why are we scared to show our empathy?”

  • Mike Tyson

    Why can’t we all just get along?

  • tom_billesley

    Birds? Should have put his body out for the crows..

    • She has struck me as an odd women.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Odd, yes. Also heavily influenced by federal bureaucracy if her writing style is anything to go by. From experience, I know that this woman would collapse in an interview with someone who reflected what she said back to her in plain English and challenged it in plain English. This letter was CRAFTED, went through several iterations, before it was released and “published”. Anybody with experience with governments can see through this letter. I wonder how many federal tax dollars were actually spent “helping” Susan respond.

        • I almost choked when she used the word diversity.

          • winniec

            Terrorists have officially been designated ‘a race’, so it’s now ‘racist’ to criticize terrorists.

          • Exile1981

            I think you mean gagged not choked.

      • Frau Katze

        If I were her, I’d just keep quiet. As a mother I know she must feel pretty bad. But I would never talk like that in public.

        I’m not sure how I would react. I sure wouldn’t talk about birds. It’s well-known that Hitler liked dogs.

        • Justin St.Denis

          And was a “sensitive painter” of chocolate-box “art”.

  • Hard Little Machine

    In America, soon terrorists will get a get out of jail card by volunteering for community organizing and working in urban gardens.

  • Blacksmith

    Yeah he is such a good boy, If the parents had done their job he wouldn’t be the shithead he is.

    • Justin St.Denis


    • Frau Katze

      Actually, it is not always the parent’s fault. I raised two myself and they were very different even though they’d been brought up the same.

      But still, I wouldn’t dream of writing like her. I would keep quiet.

      Do you have kids of your own?

      • Blacksmith

        Three boys, and they are definitely all different. All good and bad in their own ways, NONE are terrorists with no respect for life. I am sorry if I offended but I do believe parents have a large responsibility in the way their children see the world and their place in it.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Somehow I cannot help but suspect that something in the way this terrorist was brought up had something to do with what he finally became. Everybody else that I know readily admits to having been shaped and formed in their childhood by others – their parents, siblings, teachers, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. The child is father to the man…..

  • winniec

    And Hitler loved dogs and children…unless they were Jewish children…and he fed his dog cyanide. No one’s perfect, right? Even psychopaths have good points, right?

    • MRHapla

      Mussolini did make the trains run on time,,,,and he shut down the Mafia,,,,,,,ya know?

    • Frau Katze

      I immediately thought of Hitler and dogs.

  • Doug Kursk

    Was she not implicated in an immigration scandal some 10 years back? How many threats to you and me did this woman have a hand in bringing to our doorstep?

    Anyone have the back story handy?

  • Exile1981

    “He still found beauty in birds and nature. Why I remember the first tiem he caught a bird and broke it’s wing so it couldn’t get away. Then he left it out in the yard for the cat to play with. He laughed and laughed at the birds antics; he cried when the cat ate the bird. In the end he decided to behead the cat for eating the bird. His father and me were so proud of his knife skills and the way he used the severed head to decorate our fence.”