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Using Our Free And Open Society Against Us
Souad Mekhennet and Don Van Natta Jr. write in The New York Times about a London-based Muslim extremist sheik:

On the eve of four attempted bombings here on Thursday, Sheik Omar Bakri, one of Britain's most outspoken militant clerics, predicted that another terrorist attack would hit London.

In a wide-ranging telephone interview late Wednesday night, Bakri also blamed the British government for the July 7 terror attacks that killed at least 56 people, including the four bombers, on three London Underground trains and a double-decker bus.

Bakri said that "hundreds" of young, disaffected British-born Muslims now felt compelled to take action in Britain to protest Prime Minister Tony Blair's foreign policy, especially the support of the U.S.-led invasion in Iraq, which they perceive as anti-Muslim.

"Unless British foreign policy is changed and they withdraw forces from Iraq, I'm afraid there's going to be a lot of attacks, just the way it happened in Madrid and the way it happened in London," he said, a reference to the train bombings in Madrid in March 2004.

His preaching is heard or seen by hundreds of people in central London halls and on his Web site, where he has urged young men to fight jihad-style against "occupiers" in Iraq, Israel and Chechnya. He routinely refers to the Sept. 11 hijackers as "the magnificent 19."

A Syrian-born, 47-year-old father of seven who has lived in North London for 19 years, Bakri was granted asylum in 1986 and receives public assistance of £300, or $545, each month. On the cover of The Sun newspaper on Wednesday, his photograph was accompanied with three bold words: "SEND HIM BAK."

One thing that's noteworthy, that's not spoken of much during the post-tragedy coverage, is how international Londoners are. The list of the origins of the dead, wounded, and the lucky reads like The United Nations. And, yes, they even let in the scumbag sheik.

Hah! I can just see myself in Syria, as a woman, of Jewish extraction, running around in my western clothes and advocating for free speech and against fundamentalism. How fast would I be hung, stoned, or beheaded? I mean, if they even let me into the country.

Posted by aalkon at July 23, 2005 8:13 AM

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After recent events in London, the betting is that they're going to pass laws that make The Patriot Act look like child's play. One could also assume that upcoming "hate speech" legislation there will ban calls for actionable violence against the local populace.

What other choice do they (and we) have at this point?

Posted by: Dmac at July 23, 2005 7:35 AM

I haven't been up to anything recently, but so it goes. Such is life. What can I say? Pretty much not much exciting going on to speak of. I haven't gotten much done lately, but I don't care.

Posted by: Sten40031 at January 30, 2007 9:29 PM

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