Suspected Terrorist Was ‘the Doughnut Man’


In a long and well-researched profile, the Times today tries to piece together the life and motivations of Najibullah Zazi, the young man suspected of planning a terror attack on New York City on the anniversary of 9/11. It includes interviews with friends, family members, and customers of the coffee-and-doughnut cart that Zazi ran for years near Wall Street:

“He was well spoken,” said John Walters, a customer who works nearby. “He always said good morning to everyone. He used to memorize what everyone needed in the morning.”

It's a fascinating attempt to try to understand how a young man so steeped in American culture could plan (if he did indeed plan) such a horrible act of violence, and it's impossible to read without getting chills. [NYT]