Thursday, August 04, 2005

Police consider Muslim link to cemetery attack

The headstones of 42 British soldiers who fell in combat in the First World War have been desecrated in what police in northern France believe may have been the work of Islamist attackers. Police and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission initially believed that the damage to the Albuera cemetery last Saturday in Bailleul-sir-Berthoult, near Arras, was caused by local vandals after a drunken night out. No slogans admitting responsibility or proclaiming any cause were found. But the scale and nature of the attack are such that police now refuse to rule out the possibility that Muslim extremists were responsible. At least one Molotov cocktail was used, and the attackers even set fire to a register of war dead and a visitors' book. Although there have been more serious desecrations of Jewish graveyards in France in recent years in a sign of rising tension between the country's large north African and Jewish communities, this was the worst incident to have taken place at a First World War cemetery. The cost of making good the damaged items is put at £20,000.


At August 05, 2005 12:07 AM, Blogger PD111 said...

Muslims have to destroy all aspects of non-muslim culture, and they will go to any lengths to do it. This was evidenced in the destruction of the Buddha statues in Afghanistan, despite pleadings from everyone around the world, including World Heritage.

Buddhism poses no threat to islam but the koranic imperative to destroy the presence of other cultures is absolute.


At August 06, 2005 9:39 PM, Blogger The Orange Humanist said...

This attack might also have something to do with Israel's planned expulsion of Jews and their graves from the Gaza Strip. The Jews and their graves are being expelled because there is an underlying assumption that there's no way that they could possibly remain unharmed in the Gaza Strip.

Israel and the rest of the world are accepting this premise. Threfore, they shouldn't wonder later why Arabs in other places feel that non-Arab graves are fair game.

The Orange Humanist


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