The previous evening, Tanweer, who had been studying sports at college, had greeted friends cheerfully as he drove his brand-new red Mercedes-Benz. [source: Washington Times 17/7]. Now he is dead and suspected of blowing himself up alongside London commuters on a Circle line train. One of four bombers who left at least 56 people dead.
Tanweer, whos Pakistani-born father owns a fish-and-chips shop, lived all his life in the city's Beeston area. He was a devoted athlete and studied sports science at Leeds Metropolitan University. It is reported that he planned to get involved in sports professionally.
He showed up twice a week for pickup soccer games, said a teammate who gave his name only as Saj. "He was normal. We used to drink Coke and Fanta together," revealed Saj in an seemingly inoccent statement which insanely could have far reaching implications!
Mohammed Answar, 19, a friend of Tanweer, was stunned by the revelation. "It's impossible. It's not in his nature to do something like this, he's is the type of guy who would condemn things like that."
According to a family source, Tanweer's mother has been "crying uncontrollably" since she was given the news. "She cannot believe what she has been told. She cannot speak 48 hours after being told the news by the police," he said.
The Press Association reported that Shahzad Tanweer's uncle said the family was "left shattered" and in disbelief. "It wasn't him. It must have been forces behind him." "It was total shock, I mean, it's unbelievable," Ahmed apparently told reporters.
The trashy tabloid 'The News of the World' tells a different story. They say that the uncle defended his nephew’s actions as a desperate "sacrifice". They claim he said that these were "desperate people" who were "not getting their rights" and so took "extreme action."
Tanweer’s uncle laid the blame at the feet of British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George W Bush, warning that they "should apologise, they should stop these injustices." and threatening that otherwise "there will be more".
The UK's soft drink market is huge (worth over £7 billion). Shockingly, colas make up 48% of the carbonates sector and Coca-Cola dominates with a massive 55% percent share (inc. Regular and Diet). With Pepsi taking another 21% chunk of the pie it leaves little scope for others. [source]
Chairman of Leeds Grand Mosque, Zaher Birawi, told the BBC that he feared possible reprisals. The Muslim Safety Forum has received reports of more than 400 attacks around the country including a fire bomb attack on a Mosque in Liverpool. Surprisingly there have yet to be any reports about attacks on Coca-cola vending machines or retailers.
According to an un-named expert in terrorism, no self-respecting Muslim fanatical Islamic fundementalist Mercedes driving extremist sucide bomber would be seen dead with a drink that sports an anti islamic logo (see http://www.mashi.com/columnists/editorscorner/2000/editor-may-00.htm and then http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/islam.asp).
"I feel angry", said Birawi. "There is no evidence, no indications that such wrong understanding is distributed within the community".
Why such a shock? Well, since the invasion of Afganistan the world's biggest soft drinks manufacturer has been targeted by Muslim campaigners because of its economic ties with Israel and because the imperialist 'war on terror' has made all American brands a focus for resentment in the Muslim world.
In 2003, the Muslim community began to root out the evil of killer-cola by launching competitors such as Mecca-cola and Qibla Cola, which by coincidence, shares same name as jihadi terror group in South Africa (see http://www.nzmuslim.net/article252.html or for a laugh http://beautifulatrocities.com/archives/2005/06/the_explosive_t_1.html). Sporting slogans like "Don't drink stupid, drink committed" the Islamic 'real thing' makes last weeks relevations about the link between the alleged bombers and Coca-Cola even more shocking.
The news may be no surprise to those aware of the connection between the murder of union leaders in Columbia ( http://www.colombiasolidarity.org.uk/cocacolacampaign.html http://www.thenewagenda.org/cvc_rally/transcripts/mark.html) or cases of chemical poisoning in India ( http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FB24Df04.html and http://www.inminds.co.uk/boycott-news-0422.html) and the biggest soft drink company. However, the news may be a considerable shock to those who did not know that Fanta was the drink of the Nazis! ( http://www.mtcp.co.uk/coca-cola/background.php http://www.foundry.tv/nazicoke/ http://www.ubersite.com/m/26514)
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