Motive. Whenever something as sickening as the bombing in Manchester occurs, we are always hunting for reasons why it happened. The same old political positions are put out there, and especially in cases of terrorism, the same old arguments are made. But they really don’t provide the kind of insight we are looking for. Instead, they just rile up the 24-hour news cycle until something more current comes along.
The Investigation Is Ongoing
Still, there are ways to uncover the purpose of such a deadly plot, and when it comes to accused suicide bomber Salman Abedi, recent comments by friends and family may provide some information. Naturally, the press has already played the ISIS recruitment card and radicalization rationale. But a statement made by his sister Jomana to the Wall Street Journal offers some clues.
Officials Argue The Threat Of More Violence Remains Very High
“I think he saw children – Muslim children – dying everywhere, and wanted revenge.
He saw the explosives America drops on children in Syria, and he wanted revenge. Whether he got that is between him and God.”
And Now The Reasons Behind The Attack Are Being Debated
There May Have Been More To It
But according to a close friend, Salman was also looking for payback for the stabbing death of a friend last year. When Abdul Wahab Hafidah was attacked and killed by a gang, he vowed revenge at the funeral. Abedi’s family has faced lots of scrutiny in the last few days. His father and brother were both arrested as part of the investigation, so we still may not have the complete picture of why – and frankly, we may never.