|Man Without Qualities|
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
It is well known that some "Old Europe" countries such as France and Germany have followed policies of appeasement and non-confrontation of terrorists and non-support of many anti-terrorist programs, although such cuntries do make weak anti-terrorist efforts. Many Europeans hold the foolish attitude that such an approach will insulate them from attack. The attitude is foolish in part because as obvious terrorist targets such as the United States and Britain intensify their efforts to deter such attacks, the likelihood of terrorist attacks on other European countries should increase - a kind of "overflow" effect. France - a major exporter of what Islamic fundamentalists regard as the most deranged, sensualist form of western culture, and a country with many famous monuments that in the minds of Islamic terrorists practicaly beg to be destroyed - is ultimately a prime target for major Islamic terrorism. It's just a matter of time. And apparently not very much time:
Terror suspects detained in France had been eyeing up the Parisian metro network, an airport and the headquarters of the domestic intelligence service as possible targets, sources close to the investigation said. .... Nine people were detained by police early Monday in a series of raids west of Paris in what officials said was a crackdown on suspected Islamic terrorist activities. Among those being held is Safe Bourada, 35, who was released from prison in 2003 after five years for helping organise a series of bomb attacks in France in 1995 for the Algerian Armed Islamic Group (GIA). .... Officials said the men were members of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), an armed Algerian group that grew out of the GIA and has links to the Al-Qaeda network. Bourada was described as their ringleader. The GSPC has threatened to carry out attacks in France and it is seen as a credible danger by intelligence officials.Increased use of video-surveillance and improved police access to Internet and mobile telephone records!? No doubt those will put the fear of Allah in such people.
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