Ahmed Hassan blamed the UK for the death of his father.

It seems Ahmed Hassan’s attempt to murder Tube passengers at Parsons Green was a result of the so-called “cycle of international hatred” that This Site has discussed in the past.

During his trial, the court heard that Hassan blamed the UK for the death of his father during an air raid on Baghdad during the second Gulf War.

He was also, reportedly, upset by the ongoing air strikes against his country, sending a text message to one of his lecturers complaining: “Your country continues to bomb my people daily.”

This fits the “cycle of violence and hatred”, as described by This Site, here.

The cycle is illustrated in this chart:

[Image created by Miki Henderson.]

Hassan’s father was a victim of the coalition’s bombing of Baghdad, in which he died; Hassan harboured hatred against the UK because of this, and travelled to the UK where he tried to take revenge.

It would be nice to hope that, in this instances, the cycle ends here. Hassan was a “lone actor” and there is no reasonable way to link his behaviour with those of anyone else. But we’re not discussing a situation in which reason plays much part.

In fact, it would be reasonable to believe that people in the UK, hearing the news of Hassan’s guilt, are already blaming his country, his religion and even people who have no relationship to him other than a passing physical resemblance.

It is a cycle of stupidity – that’s how it perpetuates itself.

An Iraqi teenager has been found guilty of attempted murder after planting a homemade bomb on a crowded rush-hour London underground train.

Ahmed Hassan, an asylum seeker, was convicted after a device he built partially detonated at Parsons Green in west London in September last year.

It emerged at the end of the Old Bailey trial that Hassan had been subject to the government’s Prevent deradicalisation programme for more than a year.

Thirty people were injured after a fireball swept through the tube train’s carriage, burning passengers’ skin, hair and clothing.

Source: Parsons Green tube bomber convicted of attempted murder | UK news | The Guardian


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