British City Linked To Islamic Jihadis Winces And Wonders Why Or Something

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British City Linked to Jihadis Winces and Asks Why

Outside the Maasha’Allah internet cafe, Mohammed Hussain raised his voice over the recorded Quranic verses blaring from the abaya shop two doors down. He was furious that Britain’s latest terrorist attacker had amplified his city’s stigma.

“Why do all the jihadis come to Birmingham?” he half-shouted, prompting a passing group of teenage girls in bright-colored head scarves to frown, then giggle.

Exaggeration or not, many people are asking that question. Khalid Masood, 52, the Briton responsible for the deadly attack outside Parliament last week, remains a puzzle to investigators working on how, why and when he was radicalized.

But one aspect is familiar: He had a connection to Birmingham, having moved almost a year ago to this city of 1.1 million, where more than than one in five residents declare Islam as their religion.

Birmingham is chock full of Islamist extremists. It has been linked to many, many, many attacks and plots. I wonder why

Members of Birmingham’s Muslim communities acknowledged the linkage between their city and Islamist extremism, which many attribute to poverty and drug abuse that make youths vulnerable to jihadist recruiters who operate like gangs. But Muslims in Birmingham also deeply resent what they see as a grossly unfair reputation, countering that most residents are proud and law-abiding.

In other words, this is turning into yet another attempt to protect the extremists in Islam, a section of the religion that continues to grow. Poverty and drugs? Maybe for a small number, but, why not consider all the extremism being preached in the mosques and Islamic schools? Why not consider that Islamic leaders are teaching an extremist view of Islam, a more fundamentalist view, which then leads Muslims to the jihadi viewpoint?

Nonetheless, Birmingham, Britain’s second-biggest city behind London, has produced a disproportionate number of convicted Islamist militants, including some linked to the Sept. 11 attacks, and to last year’s bombings in Brussels.

So many Islamist militants have been born in Birmingham — or have passed through — that the Birmingham Mail newspaper once lamented that the city had the dubious distinction of “Terror Central.”

The problem is Islam, and, until the so-called moderates attempt to take control of their religion, those with hardcore viewpoints will continue indoctrinating others into those viewpoints. No, not all will turn into jihadis willing to fight. But, enough will. Some do attempt to counter the extremism. But, as long as they are still teaching Islam like it’s an 8th century religion, that women are second class citizens, that gays should be hung till dead, that women can’t drive, that they cannot go out in public with heads uncovered, and so much more, they will be exposing their members to the hardcore elements.

Interesting food for thought from the article

Mr. Videcette, the former counterterrorism official, said extremist networks are run “like the mafia” and include bookshops that sell extremist literature. They also organize tours and talks involving hate preachers, he said, and use some mosques to raise funds.

“It’s a business for them,” he said. “When we say terrorism, people tend to think it’s about religion. It’s not. This is always about money.”

One man in Britain who blurred the boundary between religion and violent extremism is Anjem Choudary, a founder of Al Muhajiroun, which is classified as a terror organization.

Mr. Choudary, who is now in prison after he was convicted last year of encouraging support for the Islamic State, had preached in Birmingham several times in recent years. His entourage would arrive in big vans on Coventry Road, an area associated with conservative Islam, preaching and distributing leaflets.

“They turned religion into a gang-type thing, with thugs around him saying, ‘Come join our gang,’” said Mr. Ashfaq, the director of Kikit. Their message, he said, was “you can be cool, you can become a gangster jihadi.”

That may work in Birmingham. How about in the Muslim nations around the world?

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4 Responses to “British City Linked To Islamic Jihadis Winces And Wonders Why Or Something”

  1. drowningpuppies says:

    Khalid Masood, 52, the Briton responsible for the deadly attack outside Parliament last week, remains a puzzle to investigators…

    Yep, it’s a mystery alright.
    Wonder if they’ll ever figure it out.

  2. Rev.Hoagie® says:

    The powers doing the importing of these people see no appreciable difference between us and the hordes. They are bringing in our replacements.

  3. Rev.Hoagie® says:

    Then there is a Englishman’s interpretation:

    Alfred E. Neuman

    March 23, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Reblogged this on FOR GOD AND COUNTRY and commented:

    As everyone knows, Londoners suffered another alt-right worldview validation event yesterday in the now familiar form of a Koranic Carmageddon. Five people are confirmed dead. Some 40 others were horrifically injured, though still insufficiently dead to have been completely exonerated of their white privilege.

    The (naturally) muslim assailant was apparently well known to authorities as both a conventional criminal and aspiring jihadi. Neither condition seen by authorities as remotely viable reasons to escort him back to his ancestral homeland. Westerners have a mortal obligation to accommodate social justice sensibilities, after all. And if a God sits in heaven, righteousness surely compels him to overweight liberals among those mangled beneath bus wheels. I know each must have perished smiling beatifically at their noble sacrifice.

    Though such events have by this point almost become unworthy of the 12 hours media organs now allocate to them. The blood of invasion victims striking the pavement is starting to take on the narcoleptic patter of rainfall. That it is a thing of gruesome regularity makes it no less regular. And eventually muslim violence in Europe will attract as much publicity as black violence does in America–which is to say two sentences on page 12.

    The logic isn’t entirely unsound. The news is for things that are actually news. And Europeans being slaughtered in their own capital cities by foreign infantry is not at all novel, in this age or those prior. The fact that this time they’ve voluntarily imported (and resolutely continue to import) their antagonists is certainly noteworthy, but not to the tribe that dominates the media.

    It’s all analogous to building bonfires in your own living room. Why keep reporting on the resulting ash heaps? It’s a given. Not that we’d reconsider the practice. Because lighting domestic demographic fires is a religious form of noblesse oblige every Western leader keeps lighting the match while making sure it’s some other poor fuck who ends up in a hearse. And that’s not cheap. A massive security apparatus must be erected and maintained as a prophylactic to prevent important people from being burned and unimportant people from complaining about it.

  4. Dana says:

    Our esteemed host wrote:

    The problem is Islam, and, until the so-called moderates attempt to take control of their religion, those with hardcore viewpoints will continue indoctrinating others into those viewpoints. No, not all will turn into jihadis willing to fight. But, enough will.

    Even the ‘so-called moderates’ provide willing cover for the Islamists, that’s the problem!

    No army fights without support, and the support population is always much larger than the army itself. The Israelis have figured it out, and that’s why they destroy the homes of the fighters, attacking their support structure. We figured it out as well, which is why we rained death and destruction on German and Japanese cities, ostensibly attacking railroad depots and munitions factories, but ‘incidentally’ attacking the factory workers as well; the soldiers in the field aren’t very effective when there are no factories sending them ammunition.

    Without the much larger Islamic populations among which to hide, the jihadi will lack the food, clothing and shelter with which to survive.

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