Thursday, August 24, 2006

Europe Beginning to Wake Up?

Is it possible that some segments of the population in Europe are waking up to the danger of the Islamic cancer growing in their countries (and ours)? Charles Johnson has two posts that offer hope. Here are his links;
UK: 53% "Threatened By Islam"
Germany's Belated Awakening

Here are the articles that he lined to;
Many feel threatened by Islam: poll
Most people in the UK feel threatened by Islam, a poll has revealed, after the Government launched a bid to tackle inter-faith tensions.

The YouGov survey for the Daily Telegraph found 53% were concerned about the impact of the religion - not just fundamentalist elements - up 21% from 2001.

There had also been a near doubling of the number agreeing that "a large proportion of British Muslims feel no sense of loyalty to this country and are prepared to condone or even carry out acts of terrorism".

A total of 18% backed the statement - compared with just one in 10 in the wake of the terrorist bombings in London last July.

And there was a seven point slump - to 16% - in those believing "practically all British Muslims are peaceful, law-abiding citizens who deplore terrorist acts as much as anyone else".
Note this bit near the end;
She called for an "honest debate" on how to best to bind communities and conceded multiculturalism may have led to isolated communities.

Her speech drew a cool response from some Muslim groups.

Youth organisation the Ramadhan Foundation criticised ministers for failing to recognise that integration was "a two-way street".
And this from Germany, Germans, Spared Until Now, Awaken to Reality of Terror Threat;
"It's never really bothered me what people next to me in the train are doing," said Juergen Darsch, 36, a graphic artist, at Berlin's Friedrichstrasse rail station. But ever since a Lebanese student was arrested Aug. 19 on suspicion of helping plant bombs on German trains, "you look around more carefully. That's something I really don't want to live with."

Police arrested the student, identified only as 21-year-old Youssef Mohamad E. H., after the discovery of bombs placed inside suitcases on two trains in western Germany that they say would have killed a "large number" of people. A second suspect, Jihad H., also Lebanese, turned himself in to police in Tripoli, Lebanon, yesterday.

Germany, under then-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, refused to join the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and had been spared the sort of fear engendered by attacks carried out by Islamic terrorists in London, Madrid, Istanbul and Mumbai. Now the public is confronted with stepped-up security checks at train stations and travel delays as suspicious suitcases are cleared away, with the promise of more measures to come.

While the bombers failed to blow up the trains, they managed to "blow away any lingering illusions that Germany is an island not on terrorists' maps," Margret Johannsen, a senior research fellow at Hamburg University's Institute for Peace and Security Policy, said in a telephone interview.

No Shield

"Non-participation in the Iraq war was never a shield against terror," she said. "Germany is as vulnerable as the next country. We need to wake up and make a political contribution in the war on terror."

The Financial Times Deutschland reported yesterday that the Federal Criminal Office is investigating whether Youssef Mohamad E. H. had contact with a German-Moroccan suspected by the authorities of being an al-Qaeda middleman.

Both Youssef Mohamad E. H. and Jihad H., 20, are alleged to have had contact with Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamic group headquartered in Lebanon that calls for the destruction of Israel, the newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Aug. 23.
Sadly, France is still fast asleep as is most of the rest of Europe.

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