French, German and Dutch police
arrested ten Turks who were raising money for a Central Asian terrorist group,
the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU). Last year, three other IJU members, including
two Germans who had converted to Islam, were arrested while planning a car bomb
attack in Germany. French counter-terror police have been watching the IJU for
over a year, and that investigation led to the recent arrests.
Europeans have been far more successful at finding and arresting Islamic
terrorists than their American counterparts. Part of that is because there are
ten times as many Moslems in Europe as there are in the United States, and it's
much easier for Islamic terrorists to get into Europe (mainly because the
homelands of Islamic terrorists are close). Another reason is the tendency of
American Moslems to integrate into their communities more than is the case in
Europe (where governments have long encouraged migrants to maintain their
language and culture.) Thus U.S. Moslems are more likely to report any
suspicious activity. For this reason, even before September 11, 2001, al Qaeda
warned terrorists operating in the United States, to avoid American Moslems.
The greater integration into U.S. society also means American Moslems are more
economically successful than their peers in Europe. It's the unemployment and
sense of helplessness among European Moslems that causes so many of them to
become Islamic terrorists.
al Qaeda fans in the United States. Some are just young, or not-too-bright. But
others are older and smarter and dedicated to the goals of Islamic radicalism.
It's just that there aren't that many of them (the FBI won't say exactly how
many, just that the number is growing), and apparently they are carefully
monitored. But if a few of these lads go unnoticed, for too long, there could
be another terror attack.