|Do we learn any lessons
from the slaughter at London?
It does not matter if Osama is "on the loose" if he is incapacitated,
and it does not matter if he is in police custody, his followers will
always continue to assault Western, liberal democracy.
Tony Blair said this was "not an attack on one nation but on all
nations and on civilized people everywhere." And it was not merely
perpetrated by "bin Laden" but by the forces of worldwide Islamic
terrorism. President Bush understands one must wage a multi-front war
to make the United States safe. This is why the Left's ruse of
splitting the war in Iraq from the War on Terror is ridiculous,
losing sight of the forest amidst the trees. The war may at times
focus on bin Laden – but it will surely rage on after his capture,
perhaps more violently for a time. And as my friend Alan Nathan
pointed out on his radio program "Battleline," at some point this war
will have to focus on the terrorists en route to Iraq, before they
cross its porous borders. This is why the War on Terror is all of-a-
piece, a seemless front against Islamic jihad, wherever the
terrorists happen to strike at the moment. It is foolish to reduce
the war to any one man. Osama is but the most visible (and best-
funded) representative of an Islamofascist movement popular
throughout the Muslim world. Including London itself.
Great Britain finds itself the victim of terror in part because of
its lax homeland security, open borders, and liberal social welfare
policies. Shortly after 9/11 during a raid in Afghanistan, British
intelligence discovered al-Qaeda had trained nearly 1,200 Muslim
British nationals. This is a tiny percentage of the UK's 1.8 million
Muslims, nearly all recent immigrants fed on the King's pence.
England also has no Patriot Act, so terrorists have a freer hand in
plotting their crimes – even in public. Groups like Al-Muhajiroun –
which celebrated 9/11 as "A Towering Day in History," has called for
the assassination of world leaders, and whose leader has ties to
Osama bin Laden – operated freely post-9/11. London played home to
the infamous Finsbury Park Mosque, led by Abu Hamza al-Masri.
Finsbury provided spiritual support for "shoe bomber" Richard Reid,
al-Qaeda trainee Feroz Abassi, the man who allegedly plotted to blow
up the U.S. Embassy in France. When the bobbies made their belated
raid, they found chemical weapons gear, as though the mosque were
planning to live through a chemical attack. Imam Masri openly told
his followers to "terrorize even policy makers," screaming his Friday
sermons on the sidewalk. Any society tolerating public cries for its
violent overthrow will likely live to see that come to pass.
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