Anorak | Samantha Lewthwaite is victim of white widow phobia and turns women into hawks

Samantha Lewthwaite is victim of white widow phobia and turns women into hawks

by | 5th, October 2013


SAMANTHA Lewthwaite: Anorak’s look at the wanted British woman in the news .

Sky News has edited footage of the killers patrolling the Kenyan shopping centre where so many were murdered and maimed.

Having been told that Lewthwaite the mythic White Widow had run the operation the Mail heard her barking out orders to her assassins it’s noticeable that there are no women shown in the gang. We see four black men. The Black Widow and Orphan Makers, if you like.

Sky notes:

Kenya’s government initially said 10 to 15 attackers were involved in the assault, which left at least 67 people dead. However, the official now believes only four people took part in the protracted siege.

The video is from CCTV. Also filmed were Kenyan soldiers looting the mall. The Nairobi Star , reports:

“Virtually all the shops in the mall were looted except the Bata shoe shop. Jewellery, watch and mobile shops were emptied. ATMs, banks and a casino also lost funds.”

But no sign of Lewthwaite. Well, not unless you read the papers.

The Guardian : “From Zulu to the ‘White Widow’, why do all African stories need a white face?”

Afua Hirsch wants to know.

Into this fray steps a woman – originally from the UK – whose story as told in the British press is such an enthralling mix of the exotic, the horrific and the familiar that the ensuing intrigue can almost single-handedly power the Twittersphere. Enter Samantha Lewthwaite, aka the “white widow”, a British convert to Islam whose husband Germaine Lindsay killed 22 in the London 7/7 bomb attacks. She fascinates in the way that white women who wear hijab generally do – I’ve seen them stared at on the tube in London – and because we still don’t believe that women can be terrorists.

Is Samantha Lewthwaite a victim of white widowphobia?

The ratings appeal of a character such as Lewthwaite is obvious. You only have to look as far as Homeland – an entire series based around our fascination with western-born, white jihadist terrorists, which returns to UK screens this weekend – to find evidence of this. One character in the hit US show, which centers on a US marine who turns into a would-be suicide bomber, is Aileen Morgan, an American woman who plays a key role in a terrorist plot.

There are plenty of Somali-Brits, Somali-Canadian and other Somali dual citizens suspected of involvement with Al-Shabaab, but they are black and Somali-looking, and therefore their capacity for violence is apparently less surprising.


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