From Arnaud de Brochgrave:
"…Surprise, surprise. Three of Britain’s home-grown suicide-bombers, born of Pakistani parents, were in Pakistan last year and in early 2005, where they were in touch with madrassas, the so-called Koranic schools that have taught entire generations to hate Christians, Jews and Hindus.
Thus, some 5 million boys have been brainwashed in nearly 12,000 madrassas since the late President Zia ul-Haq, a military dictator for 11 years (1977-88), encouraged fundamentalism as an ideological barrier to communism…"
"…For years, British authorities, like the Pakistanis, have allowed firebrand Muslim clerics to use their bully pulpits, both in mosques and in public, to preach hate and condone violence. They proclaim their friendship and admiration for Osama bin Laden and are not in the least inhibited in their repeated warnings to the British that unless it ordered British troops out of Iraq, it could expect to be attacked by al-Qaida.
Since the July 7 London atrocities, some have repeated their warning of another attack as long as British troops remain in Iraq. It came July 21, though no one was seriously hurt, and it had all the earmarks of extremist copycats.
Terrorist incitement was allowed under a debased definition of freedom of speech. Knowing it will take several months for Parliament to enact laws that would muzzle them, not to mention court challenges to new laws abridging speech, al-Qaida’s “religious” friends had no compunction using the megaphones provided by local and global media.
Protected by their British citizenship, acquired precisely for such protection, they gave scores of interviews in London to say, “The real terrorists are the British regime.”
Anjem Choudary, a British-born agitator linked to the radical Al Muhajiroun group, told the BBC the British police were also to blame because “they have tried to divide the Muslim community into moderates and extremists whereas this classification does not exist in Islam.” Both Urdu and English language Pakistani dutifully published every poisonous morsel, giving bin Laden yet another boost in prestige…"
"But the second- and third-generation Muslims, in their teens or early 20s, mostly jobless, are coalescing as Europe’s new angry generation. European security services estimate potential terrorists at 5,000 to 15,000. Some terrorist experts put the number much higher: 10 percent, or 2 million, are believed to be devout fundamentalists, and 1 percent, or 200,000, potential terrorists.
Britain’s Tony Blair plans to call an international conference of countries affected by international terrorism to discuss how to battle extreme Islamist ideology.** What is finally sinking in is that al Qaeda is now more than a terrorist group. It is an anti-American, antidemocratic, politico-religious movement that spans the globe. Western democracies never tire of repeating they are not at war with Islam…"**