The leaked WikiLeaks documents, written by senior US military commanders at Guantánamo Bay, illustrate how, for two decades, Britain effectively became a crucible of terrorism, with dozens of extremists, home-grown and from abroad, radicalised here….
The documents show that at least 35 detainees at Guantánamo had passed through Britain before being sent to fight against Allied forces in Afghanistan. This is thought to be more than from any other Western nation.
Of those, 18 were originally from abroad. The other 17 were British nationals or citizens granted residency here after claiming asylum, who were indoctrinated before being sent to terrorist training camps in Afghanistan….
Four mosques in London and an Islamic centre are highlighted as places where young Muslim men were radicalised and turned into potential terrorists. Finsbury Park mosque “served to facilitate and training of recruits,” note the files, adding that it was “a haven for Islamic extremists from Morocco and Algeria.”
That’s five centers of Islamic worship in and around London that were directlyresponsible for radicalizing and then recruiting Muslims for the global jihad — including serving as a conduit for al Qaeda.
And I’ve been to what was formerly the Finsbury Park Mosque. It’s not small. I can only imagine how big the others — especially the “Islamic center” — were.
This is the real news, that as bad as mosques in Riyadh and Peshewar are the same political, anti-Western, conspiratorial, and radically conservative brand of Islam was not only being preached in the UK, but that such preaching was also widespread.
And these are just the mosques we know were directly recruiting for such groups as al Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Chechen Islamic State. Not the ones which indirectly lend their support for the global jihad through their overtly Salafist message or through their grand “the West is killing Muslims” conspiracty theories.
Which means radical Islamists with ties to global jihad were to be found in nearly all walks of British life shortly after 9/11 … and possibly still are. And by “ties” here I mean direct ties, such as monetary or other support, through much more indirect ties such as having a cousin in this or that jihadi group in Pakistan. The kinds of ties that would normally mean that your number is programmed into my phone. We should expect to find them everywhere.
Even the BBC.
Which is slightly eyebrow raising, but nothing compared to the thought that some of these people might be doctors, lawyers, or even police.
And is this radicalization still going on? Perhaps not at the Finsbury Mosque, but let’s not forget that the failed Christmas Day bomber, Umar Farook Abdulmutallab, became sympathetic to al Qaeda while attending the University College of London and was President of the college’s Islamic Society. That was seven years after 9/11.
They don’t call it Londinistan for nothing.
PS: I intended but forgot to mention that both Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza, the two most prominent ringleaders in the London based al Qaeda recruitment ring, were both living off government welfare — which isn’t news, per se, but it’s always good to know where your tax dollars (Brits) are going.
By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D.