Monday, March 14, 2005

Europe: Breeding Ground for Islamic Jihadis

This one from Newsweek. Notice how they hint that unemployment may be the reason for Jihad:

Since the Madrid bombings, police across Europe have intensified their crackdowns. But as old cells are dismantled, new ones emerge to take their place. Often they are close-knit groups of friends and relatives, making them even harder for investigators to crack. "That frustrates the security services," says Taarnby. But the news isn't all bad. "It's also a frustrating situation for the wanna-be jihadists," Taarnby says. "How do they join? You need to know someone. You don't just buy a ticket to Baghdad." The arrests and surveillance in Western Europe have in many cases focused on the "gatekeepers," often associated with radical mosques, who facilitated travel to Iraq and earlier jihads. Tape transcripts submitted to Italian courts, for instance, show that the police have not only bugged phones, cars and apartments, but the mosques themselves.

And yet the jihad keeps growing. Outside the wrought-iron fences of the Buttes Chaumont, you can get a glimpse of why. Dozens of grim housing projects loom out of barren pavements. Some of the immigrant-filled towers have police outposts designed into their ground floors. Unemployment is as high as 60 percent, according to a municipal official. Kids spend the day in second-rate schools and then loiter in the streets with nothing better to do. "They have French nationality but they don't have a job," says Sabah Khadim, a senior official at the Interior Ministry in Baghdad. "They don't have a good life. And Iraq becomes an attractive place." Until that pattern is broken, the lure for Euro-jihadists will persist—as will the risks for the rest of us.

2 Comments:

At March 14, 2005 7:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fjordman: A portent choice of topic. Great work.

This Jihad is going to get worse with each passing day. And with that, our freedoms will become increasingly threatened or stifled. The only way we will win this war and at the sametime regain our freedoms, as well as free muslims from islam, is by separation. I do not think our societies, geared as they are to free and open thought, can continue with an ever increasing 5th column assault on it. If this assault is not brought to a halt soon, then free society will start to perish. It may not be evident immediately, but perish it will in the fullness of time.

It is becoming increasingly irrelevant if 60% or even 70% of Muslims in the West are "innocent"; the rest of the population i.e. all of us, are being victimised as a consequence of PC. Our civilisation is dying right at this moment, as freedoms we have fought for and taken for granted, are slowly being strangled in the name of security. In the end, our whole way of life will be changed, Western nations de-stabilised and disoriented, caught between the horns of liberalism and self-defence. Finally, we will strangle our civilisation just to keep a few million Muslims here. It is far far too high a price to pay.

DP111

PS Dont see you much on LGF these days. Too busy I suppose.

 
At March 14, 2005 9:02 PM, Blogger Fjordman said...

"Our civilisation is dying right at this moment, as freedoms we have fought for and taken for granted, are slowly being strangled in the name of security. In the end, our whole way of life will be changed, Western nations de-stabilised and disoriented, caught between the horns of liberalism and self-defence."


We are not yet defeated, but the situation is indeed very serious. The coming decade will be crucial.

I'm pretty busy, yes. Exposing Islam in various ways has become something of a full-time occupation. I know it is something of a cliche, but it will be people like you and me deciding whether Eruopean civilization survives or not.

 

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