Tashfeen Malik, erstwhile jihadi bride of Sayed Farhood and Islamist terrorist has been reported on since the San Bernadino terrorist attack last week. There are many things we know and many things we don’t know and then there are things the press reported that make no sense, if you are to believe the facts as presented. The FBI affirms that both Malik and Farhood were radicalized for some time before this terrorist attack. They’re following all sorts of leads, but one lead they should look into is how this online marriage came about.
Muslim women raised in Western countries have been surrounded by a culture where women interact with men outside their family, without supervision or social stigma. Malik was born in Pakistan and raised in Saudi Arabia, so why would this “devout Muslim” woman, whom Farhood’s family claims that they never even saw her face, look for an American husband or for that matter chat online with a male stranger? Somewhere in this mess are middlemen matchmakers, perhaps jihadist family members or a jihadist group, who arranged this marriage. It seems incomprehensible that a devout Muslim woman, with her background, would hook-up with an American, Muslim or not – it just makes no sense, unless she was sent to carry out a terrorist attack or their families arranged this marriage. The press just blithely reported this meeting online, no questions asked, but there’s more to it – more men involved in this.