Monday, February 18, 2008
"How Do You Cut Them With a Knife? Show Me."
It’s been months since I first heard those chilling words uttered in court. It was pre-trial evidence presented against Parviz Khan and we were forbidden from reporting it. And then this afternoon, there it was again, that horrifying conversation that actually took place between a father and son.
Police say Parviz Khan, a British born father of three, was a committed and violent fanatic, the kind of extremist who even groomed his own children for terror. After bugging his home in Birmingham, England for months, police got a guilty plea out of Khan and he has now been sentenced to life for masterminding a plot to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier.
But it's the details of his conversations with his children that astound me:
Khan: “How do you cut them with a knife? Show me.” “Like this, Good.”
Prosecutors say Khan was coaching his child on how to behead 'traitors'. In another exchange with his five year old son he taunts:
Khan: “Who do you love?”
Child: “I love Sheikh Osama Bin Laden”
Khan: “Who do you kill?”
Child: “American Kill”
Khan: “Who else?”
Child: “Bush I kill” “Blair Kill”
Khan was born and raised in Britain but police say he adopted his extreme views on visits to Pakistan. In any context, it is difficult to comprehend how a person could dedicate his life to such violence. But over and over, those in the Muslim community tell us we must try to understand the anger of a terrorist, and where and how it is nurtured. Without that insight, they tell us, government, police and community leaders will be unable to stop criminals like Khan from poisoning the families to which they belong, the neighbourhoods in which they live and the mosques in which they pray.
Click here to watch my report
From CNN’s International Security Correspondent, Paula Newton
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