East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet. â€“â€“Rudyard Kipling
Nidal Hasan, Abdulmutallab and Humam al-Balawi are jihadists who were educated and came from privileged middle- and upper-class backgrounds. Hasan was an American-trained U. S. Army doctor, Abdulmutallab was a London engineering student and the son of a wealthy Nigerian banker, and double-agent Dr. Humam al-Balawi was a member of the Jordanian professional class.
Many Westerners are confused by the willingness of university-educated middle-class Muslims to perpetrate barbarous acts of terrorism. It appears to be a reversal of the usual process: typically college students raised in religious households become more secularized by exposure to the humanities and sciences, and the rationalist values of the European Enlightenment. Yet when embryonic jihadists attend Western universities they graduate with their faith intact: 9/11 terrorists Mohammed Atta and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed were both beneficiaries of Western university educations. These men, who sought to advance themselves with Western training and technical skills, ultimately turned against, and attempted to destroy, the very society that provided them with the means to that advancement. Instead of employing their newly acquired learning and knowledge to improve the lot of their fellow countrymen and co-religionists, they turned this very learning and knowledge against their Western benefactors.
This phenomenon begs the question: How do jihadists reconcile such hypocrisy and ingratitude in their own minds? More>>
Very interesting stuff fromÂ JTF.
Bush wasÂ just as bad, too.Â HeÂ doubled the number ofÂ ArabÂ studentÂ visa racket casesÂ visas from Saudi Arabia and then tried to give shamnesty to allÂ overstayers
Phyllis Chesler: Â Wilders and Levant Today, You, Me, Tomorrow
Crazy Islam: Israel
“The Police Service needs to gather and coordinate intelligence on far right organisationsÂ more affectively.”
From the force of Reason:
Anyway, if you’re going to inscribe Bible verses on a sniper rifle, you need to go Old Testament.Â The New Testament’s all turn -the-other-cheek pacifism.Â Something likeÂ this is much more appropriate:
I pursued my enemies and crushed them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
Isn’t that better?