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"Europe's angry Muslims" are considered a risk to US security

Shortly before the London bombings, Robert S. Leiken, Fellow at the Brookings Institution, argued in Foreign Affairs that the European nations have not integrated their Muslim citizens as well as the US has.

Radical Islam is spreading across Europe among descendants of Muslim immigrants. Disenfranchised and disillusioned by the failure of integration, some European Muslims have taken up jihad against the West.

(...) The growing nightmare of officials at the Department of Homeland Security is passport-carrying, visa-exempt mujahideen coming from the United States' western European allies.

(...) Unlike their U.S. counterparts, who entered a gigantic country built on immigration, most Muslim newcomers to western Europe started arriving only after World War II, crowding into small, culturally homogenous nations. Their influx was a new phenomenon for many host states and often unwelcome. Meanwhile, North African immigrants retained powerful attachments to their native cultures.

This banner links to a collection of photos to "show the world that we are not afraid of what happened in London, and that the world is a better place without fear." Fear leads to anger (and less integration, weakening of civil liberties and of checks and balances), anger to hate, and hate to... Besides, the psychatrist Michael Brody, who heads the Television & Media Committee of the American Academy of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry, warns in the Baltimore Sun about "the harmful effects" of the American TV coverage of the London bombings, because they are "constantly hyping things up" in contrast to the BBC.

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Shah Alexander on :

Radicals are getting less support today, according to a new PEW survey. If this is true, things may improve. After all, terrorism is emotional hatred. Tougher checks are necessary. Some constraints on civil liberty are acceptable. Therefore, more strict VISA inspection for Muslims may be required. However, it is necessary to explore the method of weakening Muslim hatred to the West as well.

Thomas on :

The International Herald Tribune is very pessimistic: "Germany, with its 3.2 million Muslims, is due for a hit. Despite its opposition to the Iraq war, Germany has some 2,000 soldiers operating in Afghanistan, and their presence is just as provocative to Al Qaeda as are American forces in Iraq. One senior German officer told me that he could see the disdain in Afghan men's eyes as a young female German soldier directed them out of her way. If interethnic tensions are potent in Italy and Denmark, they are worse in Germany. Most of Germany's Muslims hail from Turkey's less-developed hinterlands. Many do not speak German, live in predominantly Muslim neighborhoods and have limited social interactions with ethnic Germans. Their unemployment and high-school dropout rates are above the already depressing national averages. Most disturbing, some surveys find that the younger generation of Turkish Germans express surprising hostility toward Europe and the West. In one study, the sociologist Wilhelm Heitmeyer and his colleagues at the University of Bielefeld found that almost one-third of those polled agreed that Islam must become the state religion in every country." http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/07/14/opinion/edshore.php

Shah Alexander on :

Islam must become the state religion in every country? Turkey is a Kemalist country, secular and Western system. I am surprised to hear that, because I have an image that Turkey is a successful country in their modernization. For them, theocratic Iran and Taliban's Afghanistan would appear ideal. Why do they hate modernization so much?

Thomas on :

@ Shah: Perhaps Turks in Turkey are different from those living abroad. Isn't the diaspora of ever nation different? -------------------- On suicide terrorism check out Fareed Zakaria: "If you want to understand what motivates suicide bombers, watch the recent movie "Downfall." Based on eyewitness accounts, it chronicles the final days inside Hitler's bunker. In a particularly harrowing scene, Joseph Goebbels and his wife are given the opportunity to have their six young children flee to safety. But Magda Goebbels refuses and instead drugs the kids to sleep. Then she inserts a cyanide capsule into each child's mouth and presses the jaws until the capsule breaks. When explaining why she won't allow her kids to escape, Mrs. Goebbels explains, "I can't bear to think of them growing up in a world without national socialism." This is the power of ideology. Magda Goebbels had embraced a horrific world view that made her believe that murdering her children was a noble act. Suicide bombing cannot be explained by poverty and disadvantage. The London bombers were not the wretched of the earth. They came from working-class but comfortable backgrounds, living in one of the world's most prosperous countries. For all the talk of their being marginalized, none were living in hellish ghettos. Britain today does a decent job of assimilating its immigrants, certainly better than any other European country. If anyone had cause for rage, it was not the bombers but their parents. Muslim migrants from Pakistan (in three cases), they arrived in Britain in less multicultural times. They were dirt-poor and probably ostracized and persecuted. And yet they did not become murderers; they started fish-and-chips shops. Like all ideologies, radical Islam is a phenomenon of the educated class. (...) The invasion of Iraq clearly has greatly enraged many Muslims, radicalizing some deeply. But can a disagreement over foreign policy really make a Briton like Germaine Lindsay, who had never even visited Iraq, kiss his pregnant wife and child goodbye and go out and blow himself and others up?" http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8683395/site/newsweek/print/1/displaymode/1098/

Martin on :

Yep, we are not afraid. Not being impressed by terrorism is the best way to defeat the terrorists. Werenotafraid.com is a great project. http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0802/p01s01-woap.html Charles Levinson berichtet, dass sich Touristen immer weniger von Terroranschlaegen auf Urlaubsgebiete wie Bali oder Scharm el Scheich abschrecken liessen. Waeren die Reisestroeme in betroffene Gebiete frueher fuer Monate oder sogar Jahre zum Erliegen gekommen, wuerden sich die Touristenzahlen heute schon nach wenigen Wochen wieder auf ihr herkoemmliches Niveau einpendeln. "It's a phenomenon that is repeating itself around the globe, from Indonesia to Morocco to Turkey. Since April 30, three bombs have exploded in Turkish resort towns on the Aegean Sea. Six people were killed and 50 injured in the blasts. But hotels in Kusadasi, the target of two of the three bombs, reported 90 percent occupancy rates this past week, just two weeks after the last bomb exploded." (The Christian Science Monitor 2.8.2005)

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