Those who have chosen to become our country's enemy didn't start out that way. In fact, many once held the United States and our Constitution, the moral value systems of our Christian faith, in awe. It is with great sorrow that they find us "wanting in the balance" as our preachers like to phrase our serious shortcomings in the way we treat other nations and faiths: 39-year old US born Moslem Anwar al-Awlaki has now become a poster-child for our bad manners: He has now contacted the Nigerian Umar Farooq Abdulmutallab, who had tried to blow up an international flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on December 25, 2009. He is also suspected to have a connection with Malik Hassan, who also shares his extremism, and who shot several US soldiers in Fort Hood, Texas a few weeks ago. Anwar al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico in a family originating in Yemen. Though he studied engineering at the University of Colorado, it seems that he was not interested in a scientific or industrial career path. Somewhere in the middle of the 1990's, the young man became a follower of radical Islam, sharing his ideas in mosques of San Diego and Fort Collins.