Euro Jihadis

NY Times:

"The call to jihad is rising in the streets of Europe, and is being answered, counterterrorism officials say.

"In this former industrial town north of London, a small group of young Britons whose parents emigrated from Pakistan after World War II, have turned against their families' new home. They say they would like to see Prime Minister Tony Blair dead or deposed and an Islamic flag hanging outside No. 10 Downing Street.

"They swear allegiance to Osama bin Laden and his goal of toppling Western democracies to establish an Islamic superstate under Shariah law, like Afghanistan under the Taliban. They call the Sept. 11 hijackers the 'Magnificent 19' and regard the Madrid train bombings as a clever way to drive a wedge into Europe.


"Hundreds of young Muslim men are answering the call of extremist groups affiliated or aligned with Al Qaeda, intelligence and counterterrorism officials in the region say.

"Even more worrying, said a senior counterterrorism official, is that the level of 'chatter' ? communications among people suspected of terrorism and their supporters ? has markedly increased since Mr. bin Laden's warning to Europe this month. The spike in chatter has given rise to acute worries that planning for another strike in Europe is advanced.


"And recruitment is paired with a compelling new strategy to bring the fight to Europe.

"Members of Al Qaeda have 'proven themselves to be extremely opportunistic, and they have decided to try to split the Western alliance,' the official continued. 'They are focusing their energies on attacking the big countries' ? the United States, Britain and Spain ? so as to 'scare' the smaller states.

"Some Muslim recruits are going to Iraq, counterterrorism officials in Europe say, but more are remaining home, possibly joining cells that could help with terror logistics or begin operations like the one that came to notice when the British police seized 1,200 pounds of ammonium nitrate, a key bomb ingredient, in late March, and arrested nine Pakistani-Britons, five of whom have been charged with trying to build a terrorist bomb.

"Stoking that anger are some of the same fiery Islamic clerics who preached violence and martyrdom before the Sept. 11 attacks."

The religion of war is spouted from the mosques, but what is not noted in this article is that the same people are also making war against Muslims in Iraq, Saudia Arabia, and Jordan. It is time to get tough on the preachers of hate and get rid of them.


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