Green is the theme color in the Shahzads’ bedroom. The curtains pick up the tone of the bed linens, and a bamboo print hung between the windows extends the botanical motif.
“There was nothing out of the ordinary about the house,” Del Vecchio [his real estate agent] says. “There was nothing obvious; no radical posters or anything.”
–From a description of the home of Faisal Shahzad (“The Times Square Bomber”) in Connecticut, in CNN Money
When Faisal Shahzad was arrested for trying to detonate a bomb in Times Square last spring, his prepared statements, read out when he entered his guilty plea, were mostly ignored by the media. Instead we were treated to speculations about how and where he was “radicalized,” and real estate slideshows of his abandoned over-mortgaged home in Connecticut: “Our conversations were plain-vanilla, mostly about the real estate market,” muses his former real estate agent. Where in this suburban drab do we see the makings of a bloodthirsty killer? Lorraine Adams’s moving piece in the new Granta 112, an issue dedicated to Pakistan, is the first in-depth look at Shahzad’s case that takes us beyond this befuddlement over the yawning chasm between his suburban décor and the quickie seminar he took in bomb-making techniques from the Pakistani Taliban.
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