Last year, I was scheduled to debate Osama Abdallah in Michigan, but he cancelled on the day of the debate. Due to this cowardly display, we weren't going to deal with him again. However, after I debated Nadir Ahmed last month, Osama came on this blog, boasting that he is finally willing to face me. He even agreed to debate Sam Shamoun, and Osama has repeatedly affirmed that he won't back out of the debates.
Well, Sam and I are here in Phoenix, ready for action. But Osama isn't coming. Time wasted. Money wasted. People will show up tomorrow to watch debates, only to see lectures.
I suppose his career was going to be over either way. I wonder what excuses Osama will come up with in order to justify his cowardice.
Say what you want about Nadir Ahmed, but at least he showed up to his debates.
For those of you who suspected that Osama may have had a "valid" excuse for not showing up, here's the best he could come up with:
I called George Seige from the Dulles Airport and had him speak with one of the staff of United Airlines. There two main problems that prevented me from coming:
1- I didn't know that United Airlines has a policy of not allowing a passenger from checking in if he comes 1/2 or less before departure. I came a little less than 1/2 hour before departure and had no check-in luggage. I was ready to walk right in through security, but United didn't let me.
2- I tried rescheduling for another flight, but the next flight was booked. It was a connect flight to Chicago (I believe). The earliest I could've gotten to Phoenix was by 7:00 pm on Sunday.
As to ending my career, I couldn't hold myself from laughing at this one! You are too silly if you think that I care oneway or another about debating again. But Allah Almighty is my Witness I did not back down. George spoke with a United Airlines staff ON MY CELL PHONE at Dulles Airport. I didn't know United had this ridiculous policy. Also, the distance between VA and AZ is too far. It's a four-day drive from I live. I couldn't have just driven there or just taken another flight.
Now you have a moral responsibility to not only allow this post of mine, but to also post it on the main page, or change your silly title about me backing down and ending my (debating) career (enough laughs at this one).
Now, next time (if there will even be a next time), I won't accept far distances. It's just too far. In fact, if one wants to debate me, I will most likely do a remote one at my home and on my computer. I think this is the best way to do debates, anyway.
Airports constantly tell people to show up 1-2 hours early for their flights (and they've been announcing this for years), but it seems that Osama Abdallah believed he could march through the security checks just before take-off. We can only wonder how eager Osama was to debate when, after promising not to miss the debates, he showed up to the airport a few minutes before his plane was scheduled to leave!