We didn't know his name but we knew him by his nickname, Abu Hamza. Mustafa Kamal Mustafa is currently being tried in New York as one of the worlds' most dangerous inciters of extremism. The trial exposed his character and how he shifted from utmost absurdity to utmost religious extremism. The trial exposed his several characters - from working as a night club manager to dealing with British intelligence to becoming an extremist leader. He lost both hands and one eye while building a road in Pakistan for the Pakistani army and not during jihadist work as he claimed. He then went to Britain and imposed himself as imam of Finsbury Park mosque in London where he rose as a hate preacher. He became a TV star who distorted the image of Islam and Muslims. Abu Hamza, with his glass eye and prosthetic hook for a hand, became a fitting image of the villain who scares children. He's now being tried on several charges, including conspiring to carry out an abduction in Yemen and establishing a terror camp in the United States.
A secret weapon?
The only solution to extremism must be ideological and neither security-related nor judicially-relatedAbdulrahman al-Rashed