Counter-Terrorism: The Crises In Europe


October 1, 2007: While many Europeans believe Islamic terrorism in  their midst was caused by the American invasion of Iraq, the local  police know better. Islamic terrorism has been a problem in Europe for  over three decades, and in the 1990s it was getting worse. After  September 11, 2001, and especially after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, it  was fashionable for more Moslems, especially young ones, to declare  America an "enemy of Islam." More thoughtful Moslems realized that the  Islamic terrorists were screwing up things for everyone. All Moslems  were now tainted. Sure enough, the Islamic terrorists soon began  killing Moslems in Moslem countries. This was nothing new for most  Moslems, because this kind of terrorism had been going on for over a  decade before 2001. Egypt, Algeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan were all  suffering from Moslem-on-Moslem violence in the 1990s. All in the name  of religion.

Europe has about five times as many Moslems as the United States, and  the ones in Europe are rather more into Islamic terrorism than their  brethren across the Atlantic. This is because of the widespread  prejudice in Europe, and isolation from the terrorism back in the old  country. Islamic terrorism is easier to admire if it is far away.  Moreover, American police came down hard on Islamic radicals after  September 11, 2001. That, plus the patriotism of most U.S. Moslems,  led to lots of imprisonments and deportations (many U.S. Moslems were  illegal aliens).

In Europe, the Moslem populations were often allowed to exist as a  very foreign presence. Sort of ethnic enclaves, and within these areas  Islamic radicalism flourished. There were only a few terrorist  attacks, and it was only because the security forces hustled that  there weren't more. While (most of) the politicians continued to  preach ethnic diversity, they were told by their security people that  over one percent of their Moslems were willing to get involved in  terrorist activities, and that there were thousands of European  Moslems that needed to be watched. These included Islamic radicals who  had fled the United States, or the Middle East. Europe was a  convenient place for Islamic radicals to hide out. The social welfare  benefits were excellent. If an Islamic radical could afford it, his  wife (or wives) and kids could be brought in, and the European  governments would take care of them. However, after September 11,  2001, it was no longer easy to get in as a political refugee. But  there were professional people-smugglers who, for a fee, could get  just about anyone into Europe.

Since 2001, it's become more difficult to stay in Europe. More of  these refugees are getting deported back to the old country. And those  wanted by the United States are getting extradited, although only  after the Americans promise not to send the accused to Guantanamo, or  to execute them. Other than that, it's good riddance. The Europeans  need all the jail cells they can get, because more and more of their  own Moslems are crossing the line, and getting locked up.

Note that scientific surveys have indicated that there are about 2.5  million Moslem in the United States, and fewer than 15 million in  Europe. Previous estimates of five and twenty million, respectively,  were provided by Moslem organizations eager to hype their influence  via a bit of puffery. But in terms of terrorist activity, Europe has  10-20 times as much as the United States.


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