Tashfeen Malik came to the U.S. in July, 2014, at 26 years old, married, got pregnant, produced a baby girl, became a terrorist and an assassin and was shot to death by police.

This is a capsulized version of news stories I’ve cobbled together. The information left many questions.

Originally from Pakistan, Malik traveled from there to Saudi Arabia where she reportedly trained for five years as a pharmacist. From what I’ve read about Saudi Arabia, men there rarely allow women to be educated. Question #1: How was a female Pakistani visitor allowed that opportunity?

Also, women in the Middle East seem to marry and have children early, raising Question #2: Was this baby girl, Malik’s first and only child? Was Syed Rizwan Farook her first and only husband?

Question #3: Why, if this young mother hated Americans so much, did she want her baby to be one?

Malik’s mother-in-law purportedly lived with the young family in an apartment. Malik and her husband filled said apartment with “thousands of rounds of ammunition,” handguns, rifles, and bomb-making paraphernalia. Question #4: How did word not get out in the neighborhood about all that weaponry?

The couple rented a car to use in their adventure. Did they take out an extraordinary amount of calamity insurance?

Finally: What is to become of Baby Girl Farook?

Will the rage, the anger, the madness that drove her parents live on in her tiny soul?

In a television interview on Sunday, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham responded to this horrific event by demanding we put 50,000 American soldiers in Syria right away and bomb ISIS strongholds there.

In all my soul-searching these many days, wondering what Tashfeen Malik was thinking, Mr. Graham’s “solution” never even crossed my mind.


About sharonervin

I write novels for and about women. I work half-days in my husband and son's law office. A former newspaper reporter, I have a B.A. in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. I have four grown children.
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