Even Failed Terrorists Spell Serious Trouble

(Times-UK) David Aaronovitch - There are still sufficient numbers of jihadis who persist in trying to find a way to the next 9/11 in the West, and who continually experiment with ways of achieving that result. Real "grievance" is not a measuring-stick for a likelihood to attack. There are no undiscriminating suicide bombers among the world's many environmental activists, or among the Iranian opposition. Abdulmuttalab was well-educated and wealthier than almost all the British people with whom he mixed. He was, however, an Islamist extremist, believing in an ideology that will always provide the fanatic with a proximate cause.

2009-12-29 08:33:23

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