The father of the failed underwear bomber set an example the rest of the Muslim world needs to live up to, writes Thomas Friedman. Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, by reporting his son's descent into radicalism to authorities, effectively admitted that his family system had broken down. And to defeat terrorism and confront radicalism, leaders of societies from which suicide bombers emerge need to admit when their systems have failed—and start "by shaming suicide bombers and naming their actions 'murder,' not 'martyrdom,' " Friedman writes in the New York Times.
Muslim nations too often fail to attack terrorist tactics and jihadist ideologies with the same fervor they reserve for issues like the Danish Mohammed cartoons, Friedman writes. Until more Muslim parents, politicians, and spiritual leaders condemn attacks on civilians, "this sort of behavior will not stop." They should do it for themselves if not for the sake of the global community, Friedman writes, because while we will someday find a way to keep murderous radicals off our planes, "they will have to live with them."